Panel Discussion: Aligning the Education Curriculum with Market Demands

Prishtina, May 23, 2024 – The American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo organized a panel discussion, uniting experts and industry leaders to examine how education and industry can collaborate to develop the workforce of the future.

Janne Salmela, principal of the Finnish School of Kosovo, described how learning is organized at their school through practical activities such as cooking, household chores, and games. He highlighted the importance of learning for life, not just for exams, noting that their school doesn’t have exams at all.

Bashkim Preteni, Fulbright Alumni and Professor at UP, also emphasized that learning should be more practical, not solely theoretical. He shared insights from his studies in Germany and his semester in the Fulbright program in the US, explaining that upon returning, he implemented these practical methods now with his students in the UP, allowing them to use books or legal texts during exams.

Furtuna Mehmeti, Head of the Quality Assurance Office at AAB College, and the panel’s moderator, stressed the difficulty of keeping higher education curricula up-to-date with the latest technological advancements. Curricula are prepared every 3-4 years, she noted, and while the curriculum is standardized across universities in Kosovo, the implementation varies.

Blerim Zogaj, CEO of Talent Network Kosova, highlighted that regardless of the number of training sessions attended, soft skills and public speaking are crucial. He advocated having more psychologists in schools to help children identify their talents early. Zogaj also emphasized the need to prepare students for life, pointing out Kosovo’s bright and promising generation and its attractiveness for investments. We shouldn’t be doing classic learning when we’re presenting AI to the students, noted Blerim Zogaj.

Doruntina Jakupi, Group Recruitment Operations Director at The HeadHunter, discussed the importance of self-awareness and the need for institutions to offer training sessions tailored to the competencies required for specific jobs. She emphasized the significance of data and pointed out the lack of data analytics in current curricula.

Drini Gashi, CEO of Tech Nexus, supported adapting education to the latest trends. He shared that he has changed his approach to interviewing candidates, ensuring they feel valued from the first interview. He stressed that education plays a crucial role in developing discipline and research skills in graduates.

The panel concluded that strengthening the collaboration between education and industry is essential for developing a future-ready workforce. AmCham will continue to facilitate such discussions to ensure ongoing dialogue and partnership between key stakeholders.