Polytechnic University of Tirana

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Polytechnic University of Tirana
Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës
Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës.svg
TypePublic. Study levels offered: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Established1 November 1951
EndowmentFinanced by the Government of Albania
RectorProf.Dr. Andrea Maliqari[1]
Academic staff
280
Students10,000
LocationTirana, Albania
Campusurban, decentralized
Websitewww.upt.al

The Polytechnic University of Tirana (UPT) (Albanian: Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës) is a public university located in Tirana, the capital of Albania. It offers degrees in engineering and related fields.

Main building of the Polytechnic University of Tirana in Mother Teresa Square

History[edit]

History[edit]

The Polytechnic University of Tirana is the oldest and the second largest university in Albania, after the University of Tirana.[citation needed] It was founded in 1951 and now has approximately 10,000 students, who come from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro. In 2012, at the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of the Independence of Albania, UPT was awarded a high honor badge by the President of Albania, Bujar Nishani.[2] The university is fully accredited by the Albanian Public Agency for Accreditation of Higher Education (APAAHE).[3]

Academics[edit]

The university includes six colleges and two research institutes:[4]

  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Information Technology, Polytechnic University of Tirana|Faculty of Information Technology]][5]
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Geology and Mining
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
  • Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism
  • Geosciences Institute
  • Institute of Energy, Water and Environment

PUT emphasizes teaching over research. It issues three-year Bachelor degrees, two-year Master degrees, and three- to five-year doctoral degrees.[6] The academic programs are compatible with the Bologna system. The language of instruction is Albanian and, for special and/or exchange courses, English.

Among the PUT departments, the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning (DAUP), included within the Faculty of Civil Engineering is particularly competitive. It accepts about 120 students each year, out of a candidate pool sometimes as large as 360. DAUP is the largest department of architecture and urban planning in Albania and employs 35 full-time tenure-track professors, 40 adjunct professors, and 16 guest professors. It offers integrated five-year programs (Bachelor + Master) in architecture and urban planning. In the architecture program, the education of students in structural engineering and building technology are major focuses of the curriculum. In the urban planning program, urban design and landscape architecture are in focus. In addition to the integrated diplomas, DAUP offers a 3-5 year Ph.D./Doctorate program, which includes three profiles (1) Architecture Design (2) Urban Planning and (3) Historic Preservation and Restoration.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  2. ^ Conference: "UPT at the 100th Anniversary of Independence
  3. ^ APAAHE Official Website (English)
  4. ^ Fakultete dhe Institute Archived 2011-05-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ http://www.fti.edu.al Faculty of Information Technology
  6. ^ Faculties and programs at UPT Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 41°19′02″N 19°49′17″E / 41.3172°N 19.8213°E / 41.3172; 19.8213