Representatives from GIZ and Sida visit Epoka University

February 14th, 2018

Representatives from the Deutsche Gesellshaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) visited Epoka University on 14 February 2018 as part of stakeholder mapping for an Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA II) 2017 action in Albania, EU support to a tourism-led model for Local Economic Development. Specifically, the meeting explored Component 3 of the action, Improving the innovative eco-system and boosting start-ups creation, with a focus on the ecosystem or triple helix between government, academia, and business, the needs and options for start-up financing, and possible infrastructure, such as innovation hubs.

The meeting explored Epoka University’s current work in developing and nurturing student entrepreneurship in Albania and possible avenues of collaboration between GIZ, Sida, and Epoka University to better improve the support ecosystem for innovation and entrepreneurship in Albania, particularly among students. Such support should improve the Albanian economy and provide encouragement to students at Epoka in particular and young people in Albania general to invest their creativity and energy in a way that builds a brighter and more prosperous future for themselves, their country, and the region.

Assoc. Prof. Eglantina Hysa, Head of the Department of Economics, and Dr. Xhimi Hysa, Head of the Department of Business Administration shared about Epoka University and the work of the University and their respective Departments in supporting students in preparation for the job market, further studies, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Dr. Naqeeb Rehman, Dr. Timothy Hagen, and Ms. Erisa Gerbeti of the Economics Department at Epoka also contributed to the meeting.

Epoka University looks forward to further collaboration with GIZ, Sida, and other stakeholders in improving the innovation ecosystem in Albania and supporting students in their entrepreneurial activities.