University of Tirana

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University of Tirana
Universiteti i Tiranës
University of Tirana logo.svg
University of Tirana coat of arms
Type Public
Established 16 September 1957
Rector Prof. Dr. Mynyr Koni[1]
Academic staff
900+
Students 35,000
Location Tirana, Albania
Campus Urban decentralized. (new suburban, centralized campus is under construction)
Colours          
Affiliations Balkan Universities Network
Erasmus Mundus
UNSHP
UNICA
EUA
AUF
UNIMED
CMU
BSUN
ASECU
IUC.
Partners: University of Bamberg Germany
University of Nebraska-Lincoln United States[2]
Website www.unitir.edu.al

The University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti i Tiranës) is a public and the largest university in Albania. It was originally established in 1957 as the State University of Tirana through merging of five existing institutes of higher education, the most important of which was the Institute of Sciences, founded in 1947.

The main building was planned by Italian architect, Gherardo Bosio at the beginning of 1940. It is situated at the Mother Teresa Square, south of the city center of Tirana.

The primary language of instruction is Albanian, but there are a number of faculties of Foreign Languages which are carried out in English, French, Greek, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese and other languages.

The University of Tirana was founded in 1957 as the State University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti Shtetëror i Tiranës), through the merging of five existing institutes of higher education, the most important of which was the Institute of Sciences, founded in 1947. Immediately after the death of Enver Hoxha in 1985, the university was renamed the Enver Hoxha University of Tirana (Albanian: Universiteti i Tiranës Enver Hoxha) until 1992.

Academics and size[edit]

The university is the largest and highest ranking university in Albania.[3] It includes eight colleges, 50 academic departments, and 41 study programs or majors. Most programs are offered in Tirana; a few smaller affiliated campuses are located in other Albanian cities, including Saranda in the southern part of the country and Kukës in the north. It offers three-year Bachelor, one- or two-year Master, and three- to five-year doctorate degree programs, in accordance with the Bologna system.

The current campus is urban and decentralized. A new large and centralized campus has been planned in the southeast periphery of Tirana.[4] Students dorms are grouped in a separate location called Student City (Qyteti Studenti) in southeast Tirana.[5]

UT is the biggest university in Albania, and among the biggest in Europe with 35 000 students. In 2013 the college accepted 95 new Ph.D. students. These are students in possession of bachelor's degrees.

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Coordinates: 41°19′00″N 19°49′18″E / 41.31667°N 19.82167°E / 41.31667; 19.82167