RIT Kosovo Partners with Six Institutions to Increase International Mobility Opportunities for Less Privileged Students
RIT Kosovo, along with six other higher education institutions from the Western Balkans, has embarked on a partnership to strengthen staff and student mobility internationally. The goal of this collaboration is to increase the number of less privileged students, staff, and faculty involved in international mobilities.
The project, called ROAMING, is co-funded by the European Union and brings together Rochester Institute of Technology in Kosovo with Kolegji Universitar Logos in Albania, Polis University in Albania, University of Western Macedonia in Greece, International University Of Struga in Macedonia, IBCM - International Business College Mitrovica in Kosovo, and Mediterranean University in Montenegro. Its aim is to strengthen the capacities of their respective International Relations Offices, in order to enhance mobility opportunities for students and staff with a specific focus on underprivileged members of their communities.
The consortium of seven partners recently held the Kick-Off meeting of the project at the LOGOS premises in Tirana. This marks the beginning of a journey towards enhancing international mobility and intercultural exchange in the region.
International mobility is a critical component of higher education, as it provides students and staff with unique opportunities to gain new knowledge, skills, and perspectives. It helps to develop a global mindset and fosters cross-cultural understanding, which are essential in today's interconnected world.
However, not all students and staff have equal access to mobility opportunities. Those from less privileged backgrounds often face significant barriers, such as financial constraints or lack of information and support. This is where the ROAMING project comes in, aiming to address these challenges and increase the number of less privileged individuals participating in international mobilities.
The project will focus on enhancing the capacities of the International Relations Offices of the partner institutions, through various activities such as research, training, networking, and exchange of best practices. This will enable them to better support students and staff in all aspects of international mobility, from planning and preparation to post-mobility follow-up.
The ROAMING project is an excellent example of how collaboration and partnership can enhance international mobility and intercultural exchange in higher education. It is an exciting opportunity for students and staff from the partner institutions to broaden their horizons and gain valuable international experience.
In conclusion, the partnership between RIT Kosovo and six other higher education institutions from the Western Balkans through the ROAMING project is a significant step towards strengthening international mobility in the region. The project's goal of increasing the number of less privileged students, staff, and faculty involved in international mobilities is commendable and will contribute to fostering a more inclusive and globally minded higher education community.
We are very thrilled to keep you updated with the progress and results of the project in the next couple of years.