July 5, 2017
On Wednesday, June 28, RIT Kosovo’s (A.U.K) President, Dr. Sharon Hart, signed three separate agreements with Dr. Robert Denson, President of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). DMACC is a large community college serving over 30,000 students in the Des Moines area of Iowa, USA. The two presidents have been working for many months toward the establishment of a major link between their institutions. This resulted in Dr. Denson visiting Kosovo as a representative of the Iowa Sister States delegation. Consulate General Gashi was instrumental in bringing these two institutions together, as he is working to strengthen ties in education between Kosovo and Iowa.
A Memorandum of Understanding between RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) and Des Moines Area Community College was signed. This addresses a mutual student exchange program that will exist between the two organizations. An Articulation Agreement was also signed whereby both institutions agree to articulate the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Applied Arts and Sciences with the Associate of Arts degree, offered at DMACC.
And of key importance was the Concurrent Admissions Partnership Program Agreement (CAPP). According to Dr. Hart, “This Agreement establishes a joint admissions process. If a student is interested in transferring to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) from DMACC as a junior, the student will then work with both institutions in order to have a seamless transfer. Students must meet standard transfer requirements, but this way we have a name and a face and our advisors can work with every student to help them develop a transfer plan. Bringing students from Iowa to Kosovo will also help to strengthen the number of international students attending the University. As RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is committed to its mission to ‘…deliver an outstanding American education for students from Kosovo and the world…,’ strengthening the diversity of our campus will assist with our vision to be recognized as a leading international university.”
According to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Director of Admissions, Mr. Lavon Bajrami, “our institutions will work together to share the transcripts of students interested in either study-abroad or student transfer. We will assign academic advisors to help in the process. Students at each campus will gain access to the same benefits as local students, such as the same tuition fees.” The CAPP agreement becomes effective for admissions beginning this fall semester.
The CAPP agreement further establishes RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)’s growing relationships with global universities and colleges making more learning opportunities available to students from both RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) and the partnering institutions.