On May 14, 2019, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) held one of its major annual fundraising events in Prishtina, Kosova, in support of talented and underprivileged students, under the theme “Support Kosovo’s Next Success Story”. Nearly 200 donors, partners and friends of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) gathered at the Emerald Hotel in Prishtina to join forces and support future generations of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) students, whom we refer to as “Kosovo’s Next Success Stories”!
This special evening for RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), was brightened by the attendance of the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo – the Honorable Mr. Ramush Haradinaj, the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Northern Macedonia - the Honorable Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi, the Rector of the University of Prishtina – the Honorable Dr. Marjan Demaj, the Member of the Assembly of Kosovo and Leader of Kosova’s VetëVendosje party the Honorable Mr. Albin Kurti, the Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Rochester Institute of Technology - Dr. Ellen Granberg, the Chairman of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Board of Trustees - Mr. Ronald Cami, and Members of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Board of Directors from the United States, Kosova and other parts of the world.
The Chairman of the Board Mr. Ronald Cami opened this special evening and thanked our donors and friends, and reminded our community that “the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Mission is and will always be the same: to educate talented and bright youth in need of support in Kosova”. Chairman Cami also noted that as a non-profit academic institution, in 2018 alone RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) in cooperation with third party donors, disbursed over 700,000 Eur in scholarships for its students, and that in total RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) covers over 60% of its total current student body with some form of financial scholarships.
The Prime Minister of Kosova, the Honorable Mr. Ramush Haradinaj, who is also an Alumnus of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), noted that “Investing in quality education is the best guarantee for our future. The success of our students is our success, and we are filled with pride each time we see our graduates and their successful work”. Prime Minister Haradinaj also added that “[RIT Kosovo] A.U.K is testament of the strong friendship between Kosova and USA, a smart investment that has brought a different academic platform to our land that has educated many generations of talented youth – that are capable professionals in their respective fields”. In conclusion of his remarks, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo took this opportunity to announce the Government of Kosovo initiative for a new partnership with RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) for the provision of new scholarships for talented but under-privileged youth in Kosovo municipalities.
Another great pleasure for RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) at the Gala evening was the introduction of the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, the Honorable Mr. Kreshnik Bekteshi, Alumnus of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). Minister Bekteshi shared how RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) has impacted his professional life and supported his rise to the top levels of the national leadership of the Republic of Northern Macedonia. Minister Bekteshi called upon all donors and government institutions to continue supporting RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) with scholarship funds, so that no talented and capable youth are left behind.
Furthermore, to add another dimension to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Success Stories, Ms. Elda Brada, a Junior Student at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) also shared her story as a current student at our academic institution. “Being thankful to the scholarship committee of RIT Kosovo and to the generous people who believe in this very institution, I had the opportunity to continue my higher education studies, and so did many friends of my generation. As a future policy maker but also as a scholarship recipient, I do know the importance of education, and I do know how difficult it is for our youth to find the tools and means to get access to a better education”, said Elda.
At the end of the evening, with the help of our donor community, supporters and many friends of the institution, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) raised enough funds to offer six full-year scholarships to support talented and deserving Kosovo youth in pursuing a challenging academic career at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K).
RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) acknowledged the generous support of our donors, who made this evening possible, and who made serious and honorable donations to the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Scholarship Fund.
At the end of the evening, we concluded with another RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) great success story! Ms. Rona Nishliu, internationally known musical artist and RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Alumna, performed live music for our donors, guests and members of the RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) Community.
PLATINUM Sponsors of the 2019 GALA:
GOLD Sponsors of the 2019 GALA:
The Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, USA – (www.rit.edu)
Z. Elvin Guri, Tirana, Albania – (http://empowercapital.net/team/elvin-guri/)
Fondacioni “Unë e Du Kosovën” - (https://www.bonevet.org/une-e-du-kosoven-foundation/ )
SILVER Sponsors of the 2019 GALA:
Additional Sponsors of the 2019 GALA:
RECURA - (https://recura.biz/)
Familja Zagragja - (https://zagragja.com/)
IPKO Foundation – (https://ipkofoundation.org/)
KEP Trust - (https://keptrust.org/)
KOSBIT - (https://www.kosbit.net/)
Related Press Coverage:
KosovaPress, May 15, 2019 - http://www.kosovapress.com/sq/biznes/perkrah-rrefimin-e-ardhshem-te-suksesit-ne-kosove-210520/
Radio Televizioni Shqiptar, May 15, 2019 https://www.rtsh.al/lajme/haradinaj-investimi-ne-arsim-me-e-mira-per-te-ardhmen/
TV Show “Bon Bon” , May 14, 2019 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0oNfc7_RdM