Creative City Forum 2023

DIGITCRESHE, an EU-funded project focused on digital literacy and empowerment, celebrated a significant achievement at its latest event hosted by Universiteti Barleti in collaboration with Mediterranean University of Albania and Center for Comparative and International Studies #CCIS. The event took place in conjunction with the Creative City Forum—an annual gathering of professionals in the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS) on 13 December.
The Creative City Forum brought together professionals from the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS), including “Mikser Ballkan” Founder, Maja Lalic, who shared the speaker stage with Mika Cimolini from “Centre for Creativity”, Fation Dragoshi from “Aftësi për Punë S4J”, and Jonid Jorgji from “Creative Industry Agency”, Tirana Municipality.
This collaborative exchange featured discussions on our organizations’ visions and rich experiences in nurturing talents and developing the creative scene in the Balkans.
The three day event started with Creative City Forum, followed by a managers meeting at Mediterranean University of Albania, emphasizing the role of education and empowerment in the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS). Attendees engaged in presentations, panel discussions, and networking sessions.
DIGITCRESHE is a European collaboration involving 16 institutions across Europe, part of the ERASMUS+ Projects under the Albanian Erasmus+ Office. The project aims to improve the quality of the Higher Education programmes for the Creative Industries in the Western Balkan countries.
For more information about DIGITCRESHE and its initiatives, please visit digitcreshe.eu.
Funded by the European Union

“Youth Participation in Digital Democracy: From Digital Skills to Digital Rights of Youth with Fewer Opportunities in the Western Balkans”

New project!
New challenges!
New partnership!
Thank you Scidev!
We are thrilled to share with you our newest endeavor in enhancing digital rights in Albania, Montenegro,
Serbia and Spain: “Youth Participation in Digital Democracy: From Digital Skills to Digital Rights of Youth
with Fewer Opportunities in the Western Balkans” #EYDR.
#EYDR will engage, connect and empower young people in the digital world, through developing their
digital skills and raising awareness about their digital rights with an approach that balances protection
and participation so they can fully participate in the digital democracy.
The project will foster national and regional innovative alliances with media and youth, universities and
public authorities to raise awareness, network, and encourage policy dialogue.
#EYDR is led by Scidev in partnership with:
Belgrade Center For Human Rights
YOUROPÍA
Center for Comparative and Internationa Studies CCIS
Erasmus Student Network AL
Agjencia Kombetare e Rinise
UZOR Association for Responsible and Sustainable Development
Share Foundation
EYDR is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the Europian Union
Stay tuned for updates!

The DIGITCRESHE Project!

Exciting news from our recent meeting! 🚀 CCIS partnering in a new Erasmus+ project🏆 The DIGITCRESHE project is making strides to enhance the quality of Higher Education programs for the Creative and Cultural Sector (CCS) in the Western Balkans. The focus is on ensuring student satisfaction, boosting graduates’ competitiveness in the job market, and implementing digital transformation through innovative educational tools. The project will analyze current CCS higher education status, industry trends, required skills, technology usage, and more. 🎓🌐 Let’s empower our creative minds and shape the future of the cultural and creative industries together!
Curious about how it all begins? 🤔 The baseline analysis is the key! 🗝️ It involves collecting data on the current state of the creative and cultural industries and higher education in CCS. This one-month initiative, combining desk research and 10 online interviews with experts, academics, students, and professionals, will provide a solid foundation for the project. The resulting national report, featuring an executive summary, detailed findings, analysis, and conclusions, will guide us toward achieving meaningful goals in the realm of education and creativity. 📊📚 Let’s build a brighter future together!

UNDP Albania

CCIS Diving into dynamic conversation at UNDP Albania’s session on Future Trends and Signals🚀
Exploring what lies ahead and paving the way for positive change.

Quick Update from the U2SID Project Team!

On October 30, we held our Steering Committee Meeting, marking a key moment in our project’s progress.
We are happy to share that the Stakeholder Engagement and Sustainability Plan, as well as our comprehensive Stakeholder Database, have been officially approved! Kudos to @SCiDEV for leading this process and all partners for their valuable contribution in a joint and collaborative effort.
Our TEAM
🌟 Universiteti i Shkodrës “Luigj Gurakuqi”
🌟 Universiteti “Fan S. Noli”, Korçë – UNIKO
🌟 UNIVERSITETI MESDHETAR I SHQIPERISE
🌟 Scidev
🌟 Center for Comparative and International Studies
🌟 Agjencia Kombëtare e Kërkimit Shkencor dhe Inovacionit
🌟 Univerzitet Crne Gore
🌟 Univerzitet u Beogradu
🌟 Università del Salento
U2SID is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

“The Action Comparative Research on the Executive Triangle in Europe (CoREx)”

Today in Brussels, CCIS participated in the kick-off meeting as the Committee member for the COST Action “The Action Comparative Research on the Executive Triangle in Europe (CoREx). The Center for Comparative and International Studies is a dedicated participant in advancing Albania’s European integration journey. Our European Vision is a comprehensive, multifaceted process that enriches our society, fosters collaboration, and enhances research capabilities. We prioritise strengthening connections with European research networks and institutions, actively partnering with prestigious organisations and universities across various domains, including social sciences, technology, sustainability, and innovation. As part of this mission, we are proud to be a member of COST Action “The Action Comparative Research on the Executive Triangle in Europe (CoREx),” supported by the EU. This initiative critically examines the relationships among executive politicians, top civil servants, and ministerial advisers—the executive triangle—from a global comparative perspective, addressing a critical knowledge gap that affects democratic governance’s core components, including the legitimacy of political decisions and the government’s capacity to tackle complex policy challenges. Our contribution to systematic comparative knowledge of the executive triangle is a significant step towards a better understanding of democratic governance, especially in challenging times.

 

 

 

 

 

Are you interested about #U2SID? Get to know our partners

We at CCIS are honored to be part of a great U2SID Project!
We lead the monitoring and evaluation WP

University to Society Collaborations for Inclusive Digital Transformation in the Western Balkans (U2SID) is an ErasmusPlus CBHE project, led by Universiteti i Shkodrës “Luigj Gurakuqi” .
Let us present you our consortium members!

The Center for Comparative and International Studies (CCIS) is an Albanian non-governmental organization that focuses on sustainable development and European Integration issues, good governance, activities for social and economic inclusion, human rights and security, youth and social innovation and digitalization. CCIS produces policy papers, research reports; organizes conferences, capacity-building programmes and public events.

The organization works with various stakeholders including government institutions, private sector companies, civil society organizations, and local communities to promote sustainable development in Albania.
Follow CCIS on http://www.qskn.al/
Our consortium

  • Universiteti i Shkodrës “Luigj Gurakuqi”
  • Universiteti “Fan S. Noli”, Korçë – UNIKO
  • UNIVERSITETI MESDHETAR I SHQIPERISE
  •  Scidev
  • Center for Comparative and International Studies
  • Agjencia Kombëtare e Kërkimit Shkencor dhe Inovacionit
  • Univerzitet Crne Gore
  • Univerzitet u Beogradu
  • Università del Salento

Tirana ime Ndryshe – Panairi i Ideve

“Tirana ime Ndryshe – Panairi i Ideve” një grup studentësh të Universitetit Mesdhetar të Shqipërisë, pedagogë të rinj dhe të rinj të angazhuar në jetën e qytetit organizuan bashkë me CCIS një takim ku ndanë ide e argumenta sesa vlerë të shtuar ka përfshirja e të rinjve në vendimmarrjet e qytetit tonë.

European Year of Skills 2023

We at CCIS belive and promote through our projects that having a workforce with the skills that are in demand contributes to sustainable growth, leads to more innovation and improves companies’ competitiveness. Skilled workers enjoy better job opportunities as well as broader possibilities to fully engage in society. This is key to ensure that the economic recovery as well as the green and digital transitions are socially fair and just.

The European Year of Skills 2023 puts skills centre-stage. Helping people get the right skills for quality jobs and helping companies, in particular small and medium enterprises, address skills shortages in the EU is what this Year is all about.

How? By showcasing skills development opportunities and activities across Europe, by fostering easier recognition of qualifications across borders, by bringing organisations and people together to share their experiences and insights, and setting out how EU initiatives and funding possibilities can help.

Events and awareness-raising campaigns will happen across the EU.

CCIS will be among them.

Get inspired, get involved, get skilled.