The University of New York Tirana (UNYT) was founded in 2002 as a part of the New York College (NYC) Network of Educational Institutions and was the first private University in Albania. It was established as a joint effort between the Founder and President of the NYC Network, Mr Elias Foutsis, and UNYT’s first Rector, Prof. Dr. Gramoz Pashko.

The NYC Network consists of The University of New York Tirana, New York High School in Tirana (Albania), The New York College Athens, The New York College Thessaloniki (Greece), and the University of New York Prague (Czech Republic).

UNYT received its institutional accreditation by the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sciences on 10.10.2006 (Decision No. 385) and was recently institutionally reaccredited by the Ministry of Education and Sport on 28.10.2015 (Decision No. 405).

Situated in the heart of Tirana, the capital city of Albania, UNYT aspires to establish itself as a dynamic, multicultural and leading center for higher education in the Balkans and beyond. The mission of UNYT is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain university degrees at the Bachelor, Master or PhD level, in a variety of academic and professional specializations, in collaboration with prestigious American and European universities. The diversity of diplomas offered at UNYT includes dual Bachelor degrees conferred in Tirana by the State University of New York-Empire State College (SUNY/ESC), USA  and Master Degrees in collaboration with the University of Greenwich, UK.

UNYT is proud to have ten generations of graduates (2006 – 2015), whose employment or graduate studies’ record is currently more than 93%. Many of these graduates now work for prestigious companies in Albania and abroad, while others continue their graduate level studies in top western universities including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, etc.

Research projects are fundamental to the character of UNYT, its reputation, and contribution to society. The overall goal is to increase research capacity and intensity by raising the proportion of academic staff conducting research and producing publications and other outputs of the highest quality. UNYT supports interdisciplinary research across all of its departments.