Research Focus: The Role Of International Standards On Higher Education: A Case Study Of Albania

RESULI-Vebina-Photo-150-175Ms. Vebina Resuli is a D.Phil. Education Management candidate. She holds a Master in Science in Education from the Institute of Higher Education in Albania. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New York Tirana as well as a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York. At present, Ms. Resuli is a Lecturer at the University Aleksander Moisiu Durres in Albania.

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While Albania has in place the key structures of the education system, the past educational legislation and reforms were not sufficient to fully develop the institutions of higher education. The attempts to establish premium-quality universities and research institutions were continued with the New Law on Higher Education. However, the standards in higher education, particularly in terms of scientific research, are still not on a sufficiently high level; the country itself is facing serious social and economic challenges, and research programs are both small in scope and regionally fragmented. Over the last decade, the vocabulary of marketing has been applied to the field of education; today, its scope includes several dimensions, all of them aimed at attracting new students. The contemplated research focuses on the characteristics of a new conceptual model that describes the student application process for Albanian higher education in regards to the theoretical framework that includes educational philosophy, social justice theory, and educational governance. Namely, the main goals of the research are: to identify the role of new laws and regulation in the higher education system; to explore the effects of the student application system from the students� point of view; to provide a comparative history of the educational systems in other countries; and to compare and contrast the relevant literature


Albania, higher education, management, educational philosophy, social justice, educational governance, international standards, conceptual model, application