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German support to vocational education and training in Kosovo

Feb 12, 2021

On behalf of the German Government and in the presence of Ambassador Jörn Rohde, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH handed over five state of the art Virtual Reality welding machines to the University of Pristina. The equipment will be used by both students and teachers at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and will also be accessible to students of vocational schools and companies.

Vocational education and training of youth and their employment is one of the priority areas of cooperation between the Government of Kosovo and the Government of Germany. Ambassador Jörn Rohde said on this occasion: 

“The German Government is supporting Kosovo and many countries around the world in modernising education. Germany especially focuses on vocational education and training which provides excellent chances on national and international labour markets.”

The Rector of the University of Pristina Hasan Prishtina, Dr. Naser Sahiti stated:

“The University of Pristina appreciates the permanent support from the side of German Government and GIZ which is crucial to strengthening and expanding the University capacities related to providing special training for community and institutions.”

The Dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Ahmet Shala, also expressed gratitude for this cooperation, noting the need for the modernization of technology geared towards better professional training of the new workforce.

GIZ Project Leader for Youth, Employment and Skills in Kosovo, Dr. Klaus Bader-Labarre, shared his appreciation for the good cooperation with Kosovan partners to improve the quality of vocational schools and other vocational training institutions in Kosovo.

On behalf of the German Government, GIZ has been working in Kosovo since 1999.  Key areas of cooperation include Sustainable Economic Development, Skills, Youth and Employment, Energy Efficiency, Good Governance, and Sustainable Urban Development with regard to water provision, wastewater disposal and waste management.

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