Developing Business Education Infrastructure in Eastern Europe: Albanian Experience

Because of its unique characteristics, Albania is faced with severe challenges. Business education is no exception. The baggage of its tragic past, under a ruthless communist dictatorship, especially the isolation of its people from free thought for almost 50 years, still lingers in people's thinking and behaviors. Generally, the Albanian schools system is well developed and there is a tradition of sound education. However, Albanian institutions of higher education are ill prepared to provide modern business education to the future leaders. The University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL), under the leadership of the first author, has helped modernize business education infrastructure in Albania through multiyear funding from the United States Agency for International Development and Soros Foundation. This article reports several important initiatives for business education launched by UNL: (1) the first ever MBA and MPA (Master of Public Administration) programs in Albania at the University of Tirana; (2) training more than 5000 university faculty, entrepreneurs, and government officials; (3) establishment of Business Assistance Centers at four universities; (4) development of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapters at most universities in Albania; and (5) focused training for faculty research, teaching methods, teaching evaluations, curriculum development, and outreach services.

Publication Information
Article Title: Developing Business Education Infrastructure in Eastern Europe: Albanian Experience
Journal: International Journal of Public Administration (2000)
Vol. 27 No. 11
Author(s): Lee, Sang M;  Trimi, Silvana
Researcher Information
Lee, Sang M
Lee, Sang M
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Information Systems
  • International - Europe
  • International - South and Central America
  • International - Asia
HLH 315H
P.O. Box 880491
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0491, USA
Phone: (402) 472-3915
Trimi, Silvana
Trimi, Silvana
Associate Professor
  • Electronic Commerce Management
  • Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Mobile and Wireless Commerce
Supply Chain Management and Analytics
HLH 511 G
P.O. Box 884114
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-4114, USA
Phone: (402) 472-4459
Fax: (402) 472-5855