Tirana, 12 October 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
New academic year 2015-2016 started today (Monday) in all public and private universities of the country.
This year, the Albanian government has approved 18,986 quotes for 289 study programs. The total number of candidates who applied was 29, 168.
Besides nearly 19 thousand students who have entered public universities, similar enrollments have also been made in 20 private universities in the country.
In total, around 170 thousand students started their academic journey 2015-2016.
Minister of Education and Sport, Lindita Nikolla, spoke today about the start of the new academic year and said that the Albanian government supports all students in the path of knowledge.
Nikolla assured students that they will see justice in the path of knowledge based on merit and preference, adding that the government and ministry structures will support scientific research.
“There will be a big support for responsible students who complete their studies in time. We will discourage irresponsibility and the repeating of every negative phenomena in higher education. Every student has his place in the merit based higher education, preference and the market need. Professors have an extraordinary weight in education young people. Therefore, there was no other choice but for the law to make them a priority”, Nikolla said. /ibna/