Polytechnic University of Tirana

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Polytechnic University of Tirana
Universiteti Politeknik i Tiranës
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Type Public. Study levels offered: Bachelor, Master, Doctorate
Established 1951
Endowment Financed by the Government of Albania
Rector Prof. Dr.Andrea Maliqari [1] The first Rector of PUT was Prof. Dr. Gezim Karapici. His successors were: Prof. Dr. Emil Lamani, Prof. Dr. Tamara Eftimi and Prof. Dr. Perparim Hoxha and Akad.Jorgaq Kaçani. PUT Rectors serve four-year terms and are elected by the academic staff, administrative staff, and students. Previously, the Rector was appointed by the President of the Republic of Albania.
Academic staff
Students 10,000
Location Tirana, Albania
Campus urban, decentralized
Website www.upt.al

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


The Polytechnic University of Tirana is the oldest and the second largest university in Albania, after the University of Tirana. It was founded in 1951 and now has approximately 10,000 students, who come from Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Montenegro. Along with the University of Tirana (also public), it is the most reputable university in Albania. In 2012, at the occasion of Albania's 100th Anniversary of Independence, 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]


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

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.

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