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RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) becomes a member of the IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative

RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is excited to announce its acceptance into the IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative. 

By joining this initiative we enhance our capacities to support student exchange opportunities and thus increase student mobility between RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.) and U.S. universities. 

Membership in this initiative connects us to a network of hundreds of American universities worldwide, all committed to increasing student exchange opportunities through partnerships. 

This important and exciting step towards expanding RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) global education opportunities reaffirms our commitment to cultivating a more diverse learning environment that supports student development of 21st century skills.

To see the list of all International Colleges and Universities that are members of the IIE Generation Study Abroad Initiative, visit: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Generation-Study-Abroad/Our-Current-Partners/International-Colleges-and-Universities

Study in Kosovo

Students of Energy and Environmental Policy visit Thermal Power Plant Kosova A

Today a group of students and faculty members from RIT Kosovo visited the Thermal Power Plant (TPP) Kosova A and Kosova lignite basin. This visit is a part of the field experience programme of Energy Policy and Environmental Policy courses. During the one-day industrial tour students were accompanied by TPP technicians and engineers. 001

002During the visit, students were briefed of the various sections of the power plant build in 1962, including the generators room, boiler section, cooling section, the temperature management room, and the new equipment installed to reduce carbon emissions. Students also visited the mine Kosova lignite basin (Sibovc South Lignite Mine) and were informed on the current plans for extraction of lignite. Apart from the demonstration, a lecture was also organized for the students on the general working procedure of this important power plant.

Lignite-fired electricity generation is responsible for 97% of the total generating capacity in Kosovo. Therefore, this visit is an important opportunity for the students of Energy and Environmental Policy to gain practical experience of visiting the power plants and obtain knowledge about the practical applications of their classroom-based studies.

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Between the Covers’ of Literary Translation at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)

Award-winning translator Ros Schwartz held a workshop on literary translation called ‘Between the Covers’ with a group of hand-picked RIT-Kosovo students and faculty on October 28. 2017. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Schwartz hasRosSchwartz Small translated over 80 books from French to English.  She has served as Chair of the European Council of Literary Translations and Chair of the English PEN’s Writers in Translation Section, has won numerous individual awards for translation and has been declared a Chevalier d’Honneur et des Lettres for having "significantly contributed to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance."  Earlier this year, the Institute of Translation and Interpreting awarded her the ‘John Sykes Memorial Prize for Excellence’ for her outstanding contribution to the world of translation or interpreting over a long period.

Ms. Schwartz opened the workshop by recounting her path to a career in literary translation from her study abroad experience as a student in Paris and her first translation of I Didn’t Say Goodbye, a book of interviews with holocaust survivors – “les enfants de déportés,” or “children of the deported” - whose parents died in the camps, written by Claudine Vegh, a hidden child who grew up to become a child psychiatrist. 

Participants discussed ‘sticky translation problems’ that demonstrate that literary translation is not a mere technical matter.  It involves the translation on one culture into another as in the differences between the quiet middle class “suburbs” of London and the more troubled “suburbs” or banlieue near Paris that suffer from high unemployment and crime rates among residents from former French African colonies.  They discussed the literary translators’ classic dilemma: whether translation should stick close to original meaning or to convey the music of the original language.  They concluded that each case requires careful consideration.

In the last part of the workshop, participants were able to address six ‘sticky translation problems from Ms. Schwartz’s new translation of Antoine St. Exupery’s classic, The Little Prince, that enabled the students to address decision-making problems in translation and arrive at some impressively successful solutions.  This led Professor Mark Baskin to observe how “these small and informal workshops demonstrate that “in study with a world-class literary translator, RIT-Kosovo students again show their capacity to meet linguistic and cultural challenges of translating the experience of the world to make it meaningful.” 

Among the students who participated in the workshop were Fjolla Qorri, Bind Ahmetaj, Haes Shal Kim, Diar Ramadani, Clirim Sheremeti, Olsa Hoti, Rejsa Kuci, Ermina Karavidaj, Aurora Hyseni, Vesa Goci and Adriana Cekic.

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Certification Ceremony of PPDL Cohort 4

October 25, 2017

USAID

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, a Certification Ceremony took place to honor the achievement and dedication of 180 civil servants from central and local government.  These outstanding individuals were part of Cohort 4 (Spring Semester 2016/17) of the Public Policy Development and Leadership (PPDL) training.  The PPDL is supported by the USAID Kosovo and implemented by the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.).

Initially, 367 candidates applied for admittance into the PPDL program.  Only 232 fulfilled the criteria for admittance.  Among the 232 candidates, only 180 candidates successfully completed the training.

The aim of the PPDL program is to assist the people and Government of Kosovo in increasing the public policy development and leadership capacity at both central and municipal levels. This program provides specialized training in professional leadership, public policy analysis, evidence base decision making, and program evaluation and focuses on Diplomacy and Rule of Law, Economic Development, Development of Social, Energy and Environmental Policies, and Development of Policies in Rural, Urban and Regional Development.

Dr. Sharon Y. Hart, the President of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), congratulated the graduates and acknowledged the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.) staff for their hard work and dedication for such a successful project.

Ms. Lisa Magno, the Deputy Mission Director of USAID Kosovo, remarked, “Public service provides the essential continuity, the stability in any government.”  She added, “The PPDL course is really an investment, not just in your futures, but in your countries, as well.” 

On behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms. Refike Sülçevsi, Director, Kosovo Institute for Public Administration and Mr. Dejan Jovanović, a representative of the Municipality of Gracanica, addressed the participants.  Ms. Ferdeze Agaj – Mehmeti, an Alumni of the PPDL Cohort 4, shared her experience as a participant.

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Ms. Ylberina Mala, Chief of Party/Program Director, presented some general data and achievements of the program.  She also presented Certificates of Appreciation, for the support and contribution, to Mr. Bajram Bujupi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice; Mr. Engelbert Zefaj, representative of the Municipality of Peja; and Mr. Dejan Jovanović, a representative of the municipality of Graçanica.

Certificates of Appreciation were presented to Ms. Edona Peci and Mr. Valmir Ismaili, acknowledging their voluntary work as Teaching Assistants.

 

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