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December 05, 2005


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The Albanians could go to Pristina University, and other public schools if they choose to, and some did. However many boycotted.

In an article about a Kosovo Albanian family, the Jaha's, flown to Israel during the NATO bombing, the daughter is described as being a student at the University of Pristina up until the evening NATO bombed:

“Fitore Jaha, then 20, was immersed in her studies when she began to hear the first sounds of NATO's bombing ring through her hometown the evening of March 24, 1999. She was a student at the University of Pristina at the time.”


And your saying that no Serbs went to Pristina before Milosevic is untrue. Ljiljana Trajkovic, an engineering professor who's taught in the U.S. and currently in Canada, received her degree from the University of Pristina in 1974:

Dipl.Ing. University of Pristina, Yugoslavia, 1974




"So there will be no exchange programs, no visiting professors, no give and take with the wider European world."

Almost sounds like Belgrade University :( except for visiting proffesors part.


The Albanians boycotted Pristina University because, after 1989, it was taken over by people like Papovic. The new, Belgrade-appointed leadership pretty deliberately set out to get rid of the Albanians, both faculty and students.

The precipitating cause of the boycott was the new administration's insistence that all classes be conducted in Serbian. (Up to 1989, most classes were in Albanian.) This triggered a mass walkout by the students. In retrospect it's clear that this is exactly what Papovic and the hardline Serbs wanted.

Some Albanians may have stayed on at PU, but they'd be a small minority. If you have more information I'd be interested to hear.

1974: yes, back in the 1970s PU was much more of a multi-ethnic institution. By 1989, though, it had become almost entirely an ethnic Albanian institution, just as it would be almost entirely an ethnic Serb institution in the 1990s.

Doug M.


Okay, Albania in particular and non-US-citizens in general: if an English-speaking person paid a few US dollars to US hosted, distance-education programs such as those run by University of Maryland; University of Phoenix; DeVry; Western Governors, the old TV-advertised "Columbia School of Broadcasting --([very fast voice] and [very small print] 'Not affiliated with the network Columbia Broadcasting Systems' [/fast/small] )" or U-Texas at Austin -- would the credential received at the successful completion of whatever program was bought be worth a comparable amount overseas as it is in the U.S. ?

Which is to say, not as much as a traditional degree earned while one is actually on campus boozing and wenching between term papers and finals; but not wholly unweighted when applying for some sort of job and competing against against candidates without such credential?

Or is the whole attitude toward self-taught / distance learning another one of those "oh, you're just SO American!" things -- like the girls' treehouse?


There are plenty of universities in Ireland and the UK that offer distance learning - famously, there's the Open University. So it isn't looked down on completely.
The problem would be if the university name isn't recognised, there might be some worry that its a diploma mill. (That's if anyone checks - diploma mills are in the news in Ireland at the moment because two senior government advisors bought worthless degrees, but nobody picked up on it until now)


Guys! I'm confused a little bit! Are you living in Romania or Albania?! Which one of those?!
Maybe it's time to tell your readers how it seems Romania after more than ... 2 years already.


I suggest you to read Wikipedia's article about University of Priština: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Prishtina .

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