The University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti i Tiranës, abbreviated UT) is a public university located at the central borough of Tirana 10 in Tirana, Albania. It was established as the State University of Tirana in 1957 through merging of five existing institutes of higher education.

University of Tirana
Universiteti i Tiranës
Seal of the University of Tirana
Established30 May 1957; 66 years ago (1957-05-30)[1]
PresidentArtan Hoxha[2]
Academic staff
CampusUrban and Suburban (under construction)
ColoursRed and Black    
AffiliationsBalkan Universities Network
Erasmus Mundus
Partners: University of Bamberg Germany
University of Nebraska-Lincoln United States[3]
University rankings
Regional – Overall
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia[4]401-450 (2022)

The main building was planned by Italian architect, Gherardo Bosio at the beginning of 1940. It is situated at the Mother Teresa Square, south of the city center of Tirana.

The primary language of instruction is Albanian, but there are a number of faculties of foreign languages which are carried out in English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese and other languages.

The University of Tirana was founded in 1957 as the State University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti Shtetëror i Tiranës), through the merging of five existing institutes of higher education, the most important of which was the Institute of Sciences, founded in 1947. Immediately after the death of Enver Hoxha in 1985, the university was renamed the Enver Hoxha University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti i Tiranës Enver Hoxha) until 1992.

Academics and size edit

The university is the largest and highest ranking university in Albania.[5] It includes eight colleges, 50 academic departments, and 41 study programs or majors. Most programs are offered in Tirana; a few smaller affiliated campuses are located in other Albanian cities, including Saranda in the southern part of the country and Kukës in the north. It offers three-year Bachelor, one- or two-year Master, and three- to five-year doctorate degree programs, in accordance with the Bologna system.

The current campus is urban and decentralised. A new large and centralised campus has been planned in the southeast periphery of Tirana.[6] Students dorms are grouped in a separate location called Student City (Qyteti Studenti) in southeast Tirana.[7]

UT is the biggest university in Albania, and among the biggest in Europe with 35 000 students. In 2013 the college accepted 95 new Ph.D. students. These are students in possession of bachelor's degrees.

Faculties and departments edit

Tirana University's faculty of history and philology
Faculty of Law, UT
Faculty of Natural Sciences of Tirana
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences
  • Faculty of History and Philology
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Economic Sciences
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages
  • Department of Physical Education

Notable people edit

Ismail Kadare

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Arsimi në Shqipëri 1945-1990
  2. ^ "Artan Hoxha".
  3. ^ Administrator. "Partnerët - Universiteti i Tiranes". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2015.
  4. ^ "QS World University Rankings-Emerging Europe & Central Asia". Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  5. ^ "Ranking Web of World Universities". Archived from the original on 19 March 2012. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  6. ^ Planned campus picture gallery at UT's webpage[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Pagesa online -". Archived from the original on 7 January 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2015.

External links edit

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