Kosovo

With the highest youth population in Europe (estimated to be at near 73%), Kosovo is undergoing a post-conflict transitional phase. Its current unemployment rate is up to 45% while amongst youth, it has reached 73%. SPARK, with the aim to improve higher education and entrepreneurial opportunities for youth have begun Business Start-up Centres (BSCs) in order to train young people to meet the labor market and contribute to the economic development of Kosovo.

Supporting higher education in the region, SPARK is undergoing the Diploma Acceptance programme, where degrees from higher education institutions will be recognized between Kosovo and Serbia. Known for its diverse culture and religious possibilities, Kosovo is mostly made up of citizens with an Albanian ethnic background, followed by Serbians, Turkish, RAE, Bosnian and Montenegrin ethnic minorities.

The citizens of Kosovo are still striving for a joint integrated living and better economic and academic development. The situation has rather improved in South of Kosovo, while issues can still be found daily in the lives of people in the Northern city of Mitrovica, which has been divided into a Serbian majority based in the North and an Albanian majority in the South.

 

*IMPORTANT NOTICE DIPLOMA ACCEPTANCE PROJECT

The project “Diploma Acceptance'” phase I has ended. There is no decision yet if / when phase II will start by the EU.

However, if interested or if you might have questions please e-mail us at: diploma@spark-online.org.

Click here for Applicant Information on the Diploma Verification Process

Thank you for your understanding!

On Tuesday, February 4th 2014, The International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) took 30 students from both the North and South campus to the Fiat plant in Kragujevac.  

To get an impression of the trip, please find a short report by Milivoj Teodorovic (IBCM) about the all- day event below:

Fiat professionally organized and conducted the visit. Inside the plant, we had to obey many rules and regulations that our students handled them without problem.   Fiat inherited many legacies of Zastava, old buildings, pollution, obsolete models and, in late 2000,  turned the plant around into the state-of-the-art facility with 3000 employees  that makes 500L model. Fiat makes a new car every 2 minutes, 600 units per day or about 200,000 units annually.  Half of this number is exported into the US.  

Our visit lasted 3h.   During the visit, we were able to see making of the shell of the car and the final assembly.   The plant is loaded with new technology, robots, computers, sensors.    The new plant is huge.   We were able to see only a small portion of it.  The plant is a far cry from the old facility.  It is quiet, bright, no dust and the air is clean and fresh.   Fiat, applies ergonomics, just-in-time and green technology to gets its job done. Also, we saw 2-cylinder, one liter, 100hp engine that represents a leading edge in technology and innovation.   

I hope that students learned on this trip more than they can ever learn in the classroom. It will take some time for them to digest all the information they obtained.  The info will just keep coming and will serve as a perfect educational background. 

To check out photos from the event, click here

Committed to developing higher education, SPARK, with the European University Association, implemented the Diploma Acceptance Project. Certifying diplomas issued by accredited higher educational institutions in Kosovo, to be accepted in Serbia, diploma certification encourages further study and or employment in Europe.

With the first 73 diplomas accepted on the 26th of June in Brussels, a full agreement on diploma acceptance was reached in November 2011, in the framework of EU-facilitated dialogue between Pristina (Kosovo) and Belgrade (Serbia).  Providing ongoing support, SPARK has opened an offi­ce in the Ministry of Education Science and Technology in Pristina, where they will continue to oversee the diploma veri­fication, support applicants, and facilitate in the certifi­cation process.

NOTICE

The project "Diploma Acceptance'" phase I has ended. There is no decision yet if / when the phase II will start by the EU.

However, if interested or you might have a question please e-mail us at: diploma@spark-online.org.

Thank you for your understanding!

Enterprise Development Programme- MSFII

This is a five year programme from 2010 to 2015 and the programme's main objective is to strengthen the capacity of Kosovo partner organisations that support entrepreneurs and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Partners are local NGO's specialised in entrepreneurship promotion; educational institutions and national governments with mandates to work on economic development issues. In Kosovo the parnters include Business Support Centres in Zvecan and Strpce, D&G Solutions, CEED Kosovo, Centre for Training and Development and STIKK. SME development contributes to new jobs, raises incomes and contributes to sustained poverty reduction, provided that such growth is pro-poor. Measures to promote participation of marginalised groups are an integral part of the programme. In the framework of this programme, business plan competitions and business skills trainings were organised, a rural innovation and entrepreneurship centre was established, a guarantee fund for SMEs launched and matchmaking between entrepreneurs and potential investors facilitated. 

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