The first private university in Albania, University of New York Tirana opens the series of activities on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment. UNYT in partnership with the Foreign Investors Association in Albania (FIAA) invited CEO’s and/or representatives of businesses, and economic diplomatic officials of different countries to discuss in a round table event the economic perspectives, opportunities and challenges for FDIs in 2017. The business community was represented by companies across various industries, such as from banking, insurance, telecommunication, energy, logistics, legal bureaus etc.

Mr. Andreas Galatoulas, CEO of the University of New York in Tirana stated that a 15-year journey in Albania has been very interesting. University of New York in Tirana, as part of the New York College Group with universities in Greece and Czech Republic, ensuring a multicultural education and its values for our students, is focused on local business’ needs in a globalized world. We consider our institutions as a bridge between academic and business to generate concepts and ideas that help entrepreneurship. What we want is to understand the business needs in order to prepare the students to be educated in UNYT and provide human resources for the best Albanian companies. Our graduates of today are your leaders of tomorrow.”- he says.

European integration and sustainable economic development were among primary priorities of the Albanian Government in recent decades. The main policies have aimed to liberalize markets, which were ordered to improve the conditions of doing business. Nowadays it is always more challenging for governments to start and implement policies effectively as a result of regional (and beyond) competition and dynamic environment.

The meeting unfolded information for foreign investors up to date on economic changes, trends, development and the impact of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Albania. Particularly, there was a focus on challenges FDIs face in Albania and on much needed structural reforms on judiciary system and on business regulatory framework aiming to further liberalize the market. The role of higher education institutions was also highlighted with the goal of filling the gap between the set of skills provided by the education and the needs in the labor market.

University of New York Tirana, aims for this event, with the valuable contribution of the business community, to revert to an annual tradition with the ultimate goal of bridging among academia, business community and policy making.

University of New York Tirana offers dual degree thanks to the precious collaboration with State University of New York – Empire State College, USA. UNYT graduates are part of a global community of more than three million alumni in general and more than 3,400 just last year.