June 26 2019
Psychology professor, Edona Maloku, hosted a delegation of the American Psychological Association (APA) traveling to Kosovo on the country’s 20th anniversary of the ending of the war (1998-1999). Through their visit to Kosovo, the delegation gained unique insights into the state of mental health care in Kosovo and developed professional connections with Kosovar colleagues. At RIT Kosovo, they were acquainted with the background of the conflict and the peacebuilding efforts that have been made since then. Drawing on her social psychological work on identity and intergroup relations, Professor Maloku gave on overview of the impact the conflict had, pointing out the challenges and opportunities that the Kosovars now face in building an inclusive society. A special focus was given to the interplay between ethnic and national identities following country’s independence in 2008 among the generations born and raised after the war.
Dean of Faculty and Acting President, Dr. Kamal Shahrabi, talked about the role that RIT Kosovo played in the higher education set up after the war as the only American-based University in the country providing education entirely in English, and one that brings together a campus from a variety of backgrounds both locally and internationally.
APA colleagues also got to learn first-hand from youth who actively engage in building peaceful communities. A multi-ethnic team of Albanian, Serb, Bosniac, Turkish, and Roma activists from the United Youth Task Force, including our own student alumni, presented the thriving work that this group of volunteers does.
The visit was organized as part of the APA International Learning Partner Program and was headed by Amanda Clinton, Senior Director at APA Office of International Affairs.