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Reception event at the residency of the Norwegian Ambassador in Kosovo and Albania relating to KosLift Project

February 26, 2019

On Friday, 22 of February 2019, The Ambassador of the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo and Albania, Per Strand Sjaastad, hosted a reception event for all the partners and stakeholders involved in the KosLift project.

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H.E. Mr. Per Strand Sjaastad, in his speech highlighted the mission of the Norwegian Embassy to promote the ICT Sector in Kosovo and said that this sector without exaggerating has the potential to become one of the most important sectors in the years to come. "There are three critical factors that need to be in place in order to achieve this: 1.education 2.education 3.education" were his words. He ended his speech emphasizing the importance of the ICT Sector in the country's growth and his trust on the impact that the KosLift project will have on the future workforce of Kosovo.

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Ron Cami, Board Member of RIT Kosovo, emphasized that this project is a continuous effort of our institution to not only provide basic skills to the students but also prepare them to think better critically and creatively and be ready for the labor market. He added that, we as an educational institution are grateful for the grant, but there is always more possibility for similar projects that support students and such contributions are each time more than welcome.

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IPKO Foundation’s board member Teresa Crawford mentioned the significance of such projects that support the youth of Kosovo, considering that each year a huge number of young people enter the job market. She revealed the success of the first wave of the applications, where over 500 applications were received, with the majority of applications being from young women.

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Among others, present in the event were business representatives that will be involved in the project, instructors of the online courses, and representatives of the University of Prishtina, Ministry of Trade and Industry in Kosovo, Ministry of Economic Development, USAID, GIZ, EYE Helvetas, Kosovo Manufacturing Club, Metal Industry and Renewable Energy Cluster of Kosovo, and other organizations and media.

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KosLift is a thirty-month project financed by the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo and implemented by IPKO Foundation and RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.). The project’s aim is to support up to 1000 students from the University of Prishtina and RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), with the adequate skills and capacities to increase competitiveness in the business sector in Kosovo and the region, and 60 Kosovar businesses from the sectors of energy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and manufacturing.

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