Applied Sciences Approaches in Higher Education Institution in Kosovo
Keywords:education; applied science; employability; businesses; industry; labor market; knowledge; skills
In a fast-changing global economy where the path to employability and competitiveness is
determined by the ability to apply know-how knowledges and skills, a closer cooperation between
education providers and businesses is inevitable in order to have employment growth and economic
development. Study programmes that are focused on applied sciences and interlink they curricula with
labor market, and orientated toward practice and cooperation with the industry, prepares students to faster
enter in the market and as such increases employment of graduates. Education with applied science
approaches focuses on development and strengthening of students’ skills, research, innovation, and
knowledge the way the economy functions, the demands of the market and steps for creation of values. In
Kosovo, programmes with applied study approaches, have not been very common, and currently there is
only the University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (UASF), as a public university that offers applied study
programmes, whereas at the University of Prishtina (UP) there are some individual initiatives with the
focus on applied sciences.
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