University of Elbasan
Aleksandër Xhuvani University, is an institution of higher education located in Elbasan, Albania. It is divided into five faculties: Natural Sciences, Humanities, Economics, Educational Sciences and Medical and Technical Sciences.The rector of the university is Prof. Dr. Skënder Topi.
Universiteti Aleksandër Xhuvani
|Established||12 November 1991|
|Rector||Prof. Dr. Skënder Topi|
Aleksandër Xhuvani University is a successor institution of the "Elbasan Normal School" (Albanian: Shkolla Normale e Elbasanit), a teacher training institution that was founded on December 1, 1909. "Shkolla Normale" was a secondary school - the first to teach in the Albanian language. It continues to exist as a school within the University and is called Shkolla Normale Pedagogjike.
The first establishment of an institution of higher education in Elbasan occurred in 1971 with the founding of the Institut i Lartë Pedagogjik "Aleksandër Xhuvani" (Aleksandër Xhuvani Higher Educational Institute). This institution consisted of several teacher training departments (Albanian Language and Literature, Mathematics and Physics, History and Geography, Chemistry and Biology), as well as Engineering and Economics departments that were outposts of the University of Tirana. On November 12, 1991, the Institute became the Aleksandër Xhuvani University.
The university is named after Aleksandër Xhuvani, an Albanian philologist and educator.