Enhancing Digital Skills and Competencies, while defining IT Qualifications and Curricula within Albania’s Higher Education System – U2SID Workshop in Tirana

At CCIS, we are proud to be key partner in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the U2SID Erasmus+ an Erasmus+ Capacity Building Project aimed at promoting comprehensive and inclusive digital transformation in the Western Balkans region.

Our team participated on 27-28 March, 2024.at the workshop organized by the Mediterranean University of Albania in Tirana.  The workshop aims to accelerate the process of digital literacy at partner universities in Albania, leveraging the findings of the U2SID Accelerator Program.
The U2SID project plays a pivotal role in fostering innovation in higher education, aligning it with the needs of the labor market, regional development, and society at large. By facilitating knowledge transfer and generating economic and social value through the dissemination of teaching and research outcomes, U2SID promotes robust collaboration between universities and various stakeholders, including the private sector, policymakers, civil society, and media. The objective is to enhance the digital competence of both students and staff.
The workshop’s primary objective is to integrate digital literacy strategies into the priorities of higher education institutions, enabling the modernization of study programs at all levels and facilitating networking between higher education institutions and various sectors, including the economy, politics, business, and civil society.
The “Enhancing Digital Skills and Competencies, while defining IT Qualifications and Curricula within Albania’s Higher Education System – U2SID Workshop in Tirana” constitutes a crucial component of the education and training process. It engages teaching staff, students, and industry professionals, guided by the U2SID Digital Accelerator Program.
The first day of the workshop focused on the findings of the U2SID Accelerator Program, with guest professors from the University of Salento discussing Exponential Technologies and Digital Transformation Canvas. This collaborative session aims to leverage the expertise of teachers staff from partner universities, students, and industry professionals.
The workshop’s target audience on the first day included the middle generation of teachers and associates, mainly from the Mediterranean University of Albania, aged between 30 to 50 years, known for their adaptability to change. On the second day, the focus shifted to students, addressing their interests in hardware potential, software functionality, networking, and security, based on the U2SID needs assessment at Mediterranean University.

Ensuring Quality and Effectiveness: CCIS’s MEL Plan for the EYDR Project

Since November 2023, CCIS has been actively engaged in the implementation of the EYDR project, with the dedicated involvement of CCIS’s experienced team and the invaluable contribution of experts to design MEL Plan. The journey began with an intensive process of designing the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) plan tailored for the project’s unique requirements. This plan, meticulously crafted by CCIS, outlines a series of crucial tasks and activities aimed at ensuring the project’s smooth execution, continuous monitoring, and delivery of high-quality outcomes.

The initial phase involved a comprehensive assessment by CCIS to understand the project’s scope, objectives, and expected outcomes. This assessment enabled the identification of key performance indicators (KPIs) and baseline data necessary for monitoring progress effectively. Subsequently, CCIS developed a robust monitoring framework,  specific indicators, data collection methods, responsibilities, and timelines to guide the tracking of project progress and performance.

To uphold the project’s quality standards, CCIS established rigorous quality control procedures, including regular reviews, inspections, and audits of project deliverables and processes. Additionally, CCIS implemented various quality assurance measures, such as training sessions and capacity-building initiatives, to enhance the skills and competencies of project stakeholders.

Continuous monitoring remains a cornerstone of CCIS’s approach, ensuring ongoing tracking of project activities and progress against predetermined targets. Through regular data collection, analysis, and reporting, CCIS identifies deviations from planned activities and takes corrective actions as needed.

Furthermore, CCIS fosters a culture of learning and adaptation within the project team, facilitating reflection sessions, knowledge-sharing events, and lessons learned workshops. This enables informed decision-making and adjustments in response to emerging challenges and opportunities.

Periodic evaluations conducted by CCIS will assess the overall effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of the project. Stakeholder feedback, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and evaluation reports with recommendations for future improvements are key components of this process.

With the continuous support and feedback from the SCIDEV project team, the MEL plan was comprehensively developed and approved by project partners, underscoring CCIS’s commitment to ensuring the EYDR project’s success and its significant contribution to youth participation in digital democracy.

Here some pictures from the presentation of the MEL plan at the steering committee meeting on March 19, 2024


Stay tuned for updates as we work to empower youth participation in digital democracy!