class of 2013
“After four tough, but wonderful years, I am currently looking for a job. I have decided to take a year off so I can figure out what I like to continue studying before applying for master's degree outside Kosovo. Meanwhile, I am hoping to have a good job and be successful.”
class of 2013
“Studying in Pristina in 2009 was not something that many people around me felt too happy about, knowing the safety and political situation in Kosovo. However, keeping my mind open, I applied for a USAID scholarship for a four-year study program at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), and after successful application I started acclimating to a new student life. Four years have passed seamlessly and my diploma has arrived, but I still look back and think how an important and life-changing experience it was. I was exposed to a different student body, different faculty, different educational system, and different EVERYTHING from I was used to before. And, it was good. It was good because it helped me think out of the box, out of the local or national box that people around me are mainly closed in. Studying there, indeed, was a challenge in several aspects; but, the overall impression is certainly a positive one.
Right after my graduation, I started working in a local NGO in Gracanica, coordinating a project and gaining more work experience. At the same time, I planned to pursue further formal education. I am happy to be well prepared for further studies and a professional career. And, I am grateful to USAID for the given opportunity.”
class of 2012
“Where do I begin? I should probably begin before my university years even started when I applied to the United States Agency for International Development USAID Minority Scholarship Program in Kosovo implemented by World Learning and FORECAST. I still remember those days when I occasionally bought a newspaper and read the advertisement about this great opportunity. I never thought I could be one of the honorable students awarded with a full-scholarship. But, YES, I had a blast getting my degree from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and I am eternally thankful to USAID, World Learning and Forecast for such an opportunity. I learned so much, saw lots of new things, traveled all around the world, made lifelong friends, and had a ton of fun. I am thankful for that as well.”
class of 2012
USAID Scholarship Program helped me to pursue an internationally recognized degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) at the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). It is a privilege and an honor to be an RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Alumni. Besides many academic and career opportunities that RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) offers, it encourages students to cultivate team spirit, integrity, and actively participate in community building and economic development of the country. I currently work as an HR Manager at a start-up retail company. I am member of a committee at Kosovo Foundation for Open Society. And my future goal is to gain a master degree.”
class of 2011
“Since the very first day I started attending school until today, my parents had always talked to me about the importance of education. After I successfully finished high school in economics, all I wanted was to study something which was not only related to economics, but, to the English language, as well.
I was looking and waiting for the best opportunity for a whole year. Finally, I heard the ad about RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) and copied the phone number right away. I contacted USAID without saying anything to my family. One morning, I received a call from Mr. Fatmir. At that moment, I was the happiest person on the planet. I want to use this opportunity to also say THANK YOU to Mr. Fatmir because he really helped me to overcome every prejudice I was told by other people. The fact that I was the first Serbian student to ever visit RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) made me happy, as well. Since that day, I have had total support from USAID. Studying at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) was a great pleasure, but, also, a big challenge, as well. I have had ups and downs but I always gave my best because I knew that I was given a life-changing opportunity.
Finally, I don't think I could make it to the end without the support of USAID, my family, and my colleagues. After graduation, I started working as a teacher, and that's a dream come true for me. I always wanted to be a teacher. I cannot describe the pride I feel now that I have a degree and know this degree is opening doors for me. I don't have to feel ashamed of my degree and say that it's useless, it's exactly the opposite.
I am very thankful for all the help and all the opportunities USAID created for me. I hope our generation make you at USAID proud, as well. Our success is your success. I wish that more students had the same opportunity. We need more organizations like USAID.”
class of 2011
“Good quality education was always important to me. Living in post-war Kosovo and having a good quality education was like a science-fiction movie, at the time. I successfully finished my high school. Living in enclave didn't off me much. I went on to take the entry exam for faculty of philosophy - English department. I cried while filling the answers. That was not something I wanted.
In 2007, being a part of Serbian community and deciding to apply for studying in Pristina was another science-fiction movie. Thanks to a great support of my parents, I decided to apply for USAID scholarship and make my dreams a reality. This time, I didn't cry while taking TOEFL exam. Something just felt right. Some years after, while I write this success story, I lack words to describe my journey. You have to live it, to feel every stage of change in society on your own skin, to meet challenges on everyday basis, to learn, to cry, to laugh. I have graduated, and now when I look back, I see the road which is paved for others to walk free. I see change. A positive change. And now I realize that all those nights and days spent studying that seemed hard, actually are worth for something that is yet to come.
After twelve years of being a journalist, I am preparing to join the team of newly established TV channel in Serbian language - RTK 2, as one of the editors of the program. New pages of history are written these days and I am not going to miss it. I will use this opportunity to thank amazing people at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) for making RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) my second home, complete strangers for becoming my lifetime friends, and USAID for making all this possible.”