A round table was held on 16 November 2017 in Pristina to discuss the codes of conduct in higher education, which were developed as part of the Action “Strengthen Integrity and Combat Corruption in Higher Education”. The event brought together representatives of the European Union Office in Kosovo, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, representatives of public and private universities, representatives of civil society organisations working in the field of Higher Education, international organisations and donors.
Speakers at the opening session included: Ms Isabelle Servoz – Gallucci – Head of the Council of Europe office in Pristina, Mr Arber Gecaj – Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Riccardo Serri, Head of the Political, Economic and Integration Section from the European Union Office in Kosovo, Mr Faton Berisha, Vice-Rector of the University of Pristina and Ms Vesna Atanasova, Programme Manager at the Education Department, Council of Europe. Keynote speeches were presented by Professor Dennis Farrington a prominent United Kingdom legal expert who presented the draft codes of conduct in Higher Education for three categories: students, academic staff and upper management of Higher education institutions, as well as by Professor Shaban Buza, Rector of the University of Gjakova “Fehmi Agani” who spoke about the impact that the codes will have on the daily work of the University.
The round table was followed by an open discussion among the participants. It provided an excellent opportunity for a fruitful exchange of views on how to adopt the codes and adapt them to specific circumstances within each University.
This event took place as part of the Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey, a programme co-funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe.