ESSIe: Enhancing Social Scientific Research in Kosovo and its integration in the European Research Area

17. Feb 2013

ESSIe Winter School successfully implemented

Almost 40 scholars from Kosovo participated in the first of three ESSIe training weeks held at the University of Prishtina (UP). Almost half of the participants were from the UP, a few participants were from the University of Peja and the University of Prizen, a large number came from research-based NGOs and a few trainees came from private universities. The selection of trainees was based on a rigorous competition, under which they had to submit a research concept.

The ESSIe Winter School lasted from 11 to 16 February. The participants were trained in

  • Research Design (lectured by Günther Ogris from the SORA Institute)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (lectured by Stefanie Smoliner of ZSI and Martina Zandonella of SORA)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (lectured by Stefanie Smoliner of ZSI and Martina Zandonella of SORA)
  • Project Management and Project Economics (lectured by Elke Dall and Klaus Schuch, both from ZSI)

The next ESSIe trainings weeks are in:

  • July 2013 (ESSIe Sommer School) with a focus on advanced research designs and research methodologies
  • November 2013 (ESSIe Autumn School) with a focus on research publications and presentations and the European Research Area, incl. HORIZON 2020.

The ESSIe training courses are building on the SOQUA-programme implemented in Austria, which targets young Austrian social scientists. Thus, ESSIe can be regarded as example of Austrian research education export, however, by taking into account substantial adaptation necessities due to several reasons including also the higher seniority of some of the participants from Kosovo.

More about ESSIe and its further components can be found here.

ESSIe is co-funded by the European Commission (EU Office in Kosovo).

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