Presidents Message

Kamal Shahrabi

If you are a prospective student, at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) you will be able to join a community of diverse scholars and innovators from many parts of the world, living, learning and succeeding together.

Kamal Shahrabi


Dr. Kamal Shahrabi is the 4th president of RITK (AUK) and the first Engineer to lead the university. He developed and led the college through a comprehensive reorganization process that brought faculty, students, staff, and alumni together to chart RITK’s course for the coming decade. In recent years, the College has seen a significant increase in the number of applications/enrollments and continued success in student retention. Consistent with its new set priorities, RITK is now dramatically increasing need-based financial aid and merit scholarships to students.

Under his leadership, RITK has launched new initiatives in several areas, including creating a new BS Degree program in Computational and Information Technology; MS Degree program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Project Management, strengthening campus diversity and inclusion; transforming the college’s approach to preparing students for work and career, and significantly increasing fundraising.

President Shahrabi, before joining RITK was Dean of the School of Engineering Technology at Farmingdale State College a Campus of the State University of New York, where he was responsible for all academic programmatic and budgetary functions for the school, as well as the Institute of Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT), Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC), Green Building Institute, and Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program for Middle schools through college. He secured over 14 million dollars in grants, which have served to establish the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center, construct a Demonstration Smart Residential House with three different renewable energy sources, construct a Small Wind Farm, and construct the Solar Carport with 20 charging stations to support our programs and faculty research. He previously served as Department of Technology Chair at Kean University, where he taught courses on Electronic Technology and Management Information systems.

Dr. Shahrabi is a member of the Association of Technology, Management and Engineering Technology, where he served as a member of the board of accreditation, accreditation team chair, and currently, he is serving as a past chair of the board of directors. 

Shahrabi received a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from NJIT in 1983 and a Master of Engineering from City College of New York in 1985. In 1993, he received the Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy from the City University of New York. 

Message From the President

RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is Kosovo’s only private, nonprofit higher education institution which is partnered with the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York, USA.

Our mission is to provide an affordable, accessible and world-class education that prepares students to think and respond critically and creatively in a rapidly changing world

At RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) we have a truly unique model for education that is producing innovative problem solvers with degrees that are in-demand, not just in Kosovo but in the region and further abroad as well. Our student body is comprised of students coming from many different countries around the world, who come to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) to receive the same excellent standard of American higher education that is received at RIT New York

Our level of success can be also measured by the quality of our students and by their successes in the private sector. With a 95% immediate employment rate and with over 68% of our Alumni holding Managerial positions, and 23% holding Senior Management positions, RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) degrees are in-demand by Kosovo’s bright and talented youth, as well as by companies and organizations seeking new employees or seeking to enhance the capacities of their current staff. 31% of our Alumni receive salaries above 1,000EUR which is more than double the national average for public and private sectors in Kosovo.

This is an exciting time at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)!

  • In January 2020, the Master’s program at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) will be fully re-instated, enabling graduate-level studies and globally-accredited academic opportunities for talented Kosovar youth, right here in Kosovo!
  • We are also preparing new infrastructural developments on our campus such as our Research and Development Laboratory and our Multi-Purpose Building, which will further enrich the student experience and provide state of the art resources and learning environments for our students.

If you are a prospective student, at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) you will be able to join a community of diverse scholars and innovators from many parts of the world, living, learning and succeeding together. Our team is ready to take you on a tour, let you visit with our local and international professors, and to tell you more about our curriculum and about the tools and resources that will always be available for you as a student at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K). Schedule your visit now! You will be glad you did!

If you are an organization or company looking to partner with RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), a donor looking to make a transformative investment, or a legislator gathering information to best represent your constituents, we welcome you to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)! Please click here to get in touch with us and we will reach out to you very quickly! You will find us ready to discuss all possible cooperation opportunities with you, and you will find that we are fully committed to preparing Kosovo’s youth to take part and lead new industrial and new economic endeavors in Kosovo.

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Latest News

  • December 7, 2023

    Fadil Sahiti

    The newest research from Prof. Fadil Sahiti Unleashing entrepreneurial potential in transition economies: a comparative analysis of the impact of macro and micro policies, published at European Journal of Government and Economics.

    Dr. Fadil Sahiti's new publication explores the intricate relationship between macroeconomic and microeconomic policies and their impact on entrepreneurial dynamics during the transition from planned to free-market economies. Comparing two transitioning economies to a developed counterpart, the study reveals that, although macroeconomic policies may not explicitly target entrepreneurship, they wield a significant influence on entrepreneurial dynamics. Conversely, microeconomic policies are strategically crafted to actively promote and enhance entrepreneurial activity.

  • December 4, 2023

    Student Government Consortium 2023

    Dardan Hajrizi (Student Life Coordinator) and RIT Kosovo's Student Government representatives, Rron Ahmeti (Vice President) and Donika Gjini (Secretary) attended the Student Government Consortium which was held on RIT Dubai's campus this year.

  • November 20, 2023

    On November 18, 2023, we marked the conclusion of the two-year journey of the BRIDGE 1 Program

    Dr. Kamal Shahrabi, President of RIT Kosovo, hosted BRIDGE graduates during the closing ceremony, with the notable presence and address of His Excellency, the U.S. Ambassador to Kosovo, Mr. Jeffrey M. Hovenier. The event included the participation of U.S. Embassy Representatives, Partners, and RIT staff. The focal point of the day was the distribution of certificates to program graduates, a moment marked by enthusiasm as the students' accomplishments were celebrated. The pinnacle of excitement and pride was reached during the presentation of Bridge Awards to outstanding groups from each municipality, contributing to an atmosphere charged with positive energy. The ceremony concluded with remarks from Ms. Kelsey De Rinaldis, the U.S. Embassy Deputy Public Affairs Officer, and Dr. Ines Bula-Bunjaku, the BRIDGE 1 and 2 Project Manager at RIT Kosovo.

  • October 30, 2023

    Robert Muharremi

    From Organ Trafficking to the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. Newest research from Prof. Muharremi published at International Criminal Law Review

    In this paper prof. Muharremi elaborates how strategic narratives determine the understanding of politics and justice, and how such narratives can be deliberately constructed to achieve political ends through judicial means by instrumentalizing international criminal law and courts. The concept of strategic narratives is discussed through an inter-disciplinary perspective exploring the impact on international criminal justice. 

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