The History of the University of Prishtina Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) was established in collaboration with representatives of Arizona State University - USA in 2004. After it was founded until the 2005/2006 academic year, CTE operated only at the Faculty of Philosophy, and thereafter, the Senate of University of Prishtina (UP) expanded the Center activities to all Faculty Units at the UP.

In the beginning, for the organization of professional activities the CTE was supported financially and professionally by the University of Arizona. Since 2006, the CTE managed to offer quite smaller number of trainings due to financial difficulties, and with such difficulties continued until the end of 2007.

In April 2007 in support of the TEMPUS project dedicated to "Re-functioning and modernization of the Centre for Teaching Excellence" the Centre began reactivating. During this period the CTE governing council was founded, consisting of 6 members, all professors of the University, and the coordinator.

Besides the University of Pristina, the Project was cooperated with partner universities: the University Erlangen - Nuremberg, Germany, University of Linz, Austria, and the Kosovo Education Center - KEC. As a result of the collaboration, a group of academic staff were certified (8 trainers and the coordinator) in Erlangen University in Nurnberg, Germany in the following areas: Fundamentals of Didactics in University Teaching, Presentation Skills, Activating Methods, and Knowledge Student Evaluation Procedures and Techniques.

The main purpose of the trainer certification was to strongly help in the reforming of the Univeristy of Prishtina teaching staff coherent with the modern teaching methods. In addition, CTE organized ongoing training for academic staff of the University of Pristina, with the tendency that in the future the CTE will serve outside of the University as well.

Unfortunately, at the end of TEMPUS project, the functioning of the center faded.

With the initiative of the trainers and the University of Prishtina management staff, in 2013 in the framework of partnership with American Universities funded by the US Embassy, 4 training modules were offered by professor of Iowa State Unievrsity, whereas the interest to participate in these training was huge.

The center has been reactivated in 2015, with the help of Transformational Leadership Program - Scholarship and Partnership (TLP-SP). TLP-SP is a program which aims to further develop a professional framework of leaders who will be able to lead a meaningful development of economic, political and social development in Kosovo.