Albania universities go online due to pandemic

Albanian universities will start the 2020-2021 academic year with only online classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, Minister of Education, Sports and Youth Evis Kushi said Sunday via a Facebook post.

Kushi said that the new academic year, which will start on Monday, will be very challenging and unusual.

“I am well aware of the uncertainties created by the current situation, but this should not scare us. On the contrary, it should give us strength, a lot of calm and determination to achieve the maximum even during this academic year,” Kushi wrote.

Kushi informed that at least for the first month, teaching will be held online, as proposed by the Committee of Experts on the coronavirus situation, to curb the further spread of the virus.

The minister called the decision “not easy” but necessary due to the increasing number of cases and the dynamics of the pandemic.

According to her, Albanian universities are prepared for the online model of teaching and universities have taken all necessary measures to have an optimal start in this new academic year.

“I was informed that each university already has its specific method of combined teaching, both online and in the auditorium when possible, in full respect with the measures set by the Ministry of Health and Social Protection.”

Kushi urged all students and professors to observe anti-coronavirus measures as the only way to overcome this period as easily as possible.

On Sunday, health authorities reported a record 327 new infections and nine deaths. To date, the country has 21,202 confirmed cases, with 11,246 recoveries and 518 fatalities.