USKEB Board Member Position: Civil Society Organization (CSO)

The United States-Kosovo Education Exchange Board (USKEB) is accepting applications for Board Member positions

The applications for USKEB board member positions representing Academia and Civil Society are open and will be available until December 28th, 2020. To apply: LINK 

Term: The position is an unremunerated, two-year term.

Each board member has a vital role in determining the success of exchange programs that fall under the board’s advisory capacity. Members of the board will have the opportunity to work closely with fellow board members, the government of Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy representatives in suggesting beneficial strategies for educational exchange programming. Furthermore, USKEB members will have an active role in selecting upcoming grantees for the Fulbright Programs as well as in the promotion of exchange programs.

USKEB Members are expected:

– To oversee the general direction of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming, including the U.S. bound: Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s Degree), Fulbright Faculty Development Program(FFDP), Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (FVSP), and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program; and Kosovo-bound: Fulbright Specialist Program, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, and any future programming as may be deemed appropriate by the founder(s) of the Board.

– To assist in setting strategic priorities for United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming.

– To actively raise awareness on behalf of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming. 

– To actively support educational initiatives and institutions that aim to foster understanding between the United States and Kosovo.

– To provide a forum for academicians from the United States in Kosovo and Kosovo academicians with interest in the United States to identify, discuss, and pursue matters of mutual interest. 

– To suggest and develop programs that will raise the profile of the Fulbright program in Kosovo.

To qualify as a Board Member representing Civil Society, a person must:

– Have demonstrated breadth and depth of management and leadership experience, in a senior leadership role in a recognized organization.

– Experience in higher education-related projects in Kosovo.

– Have a general understanding of how educational exchange programs function.

– Have professional or personal experience with programs of The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State (preferable).

– Not be affiliated with any political party.

– Have a growth mindset and excellent networking abilities.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is a non-legal Advisory Board, founded for the purpose of advancing relations between the people of the United States and Kosovo through educational exchange programming.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is supported by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, and Kosovo’s Ministry of Education and Science, and is implemented by American Councils for International Education and Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA).
Websites: http://ac-see.org/new/, http://kusalumni.org

For questions or concerns, contact us at educationalexchangeboard.ks@americancouncils.org.

USKEB Board Member Position: Academia

The United States-Kosovo Education Exchange Board (USKEB) is accepting applications for Board Member positions!

The applications for USKEB board member positions representing Academia are open and will be available until December 28th, 2020.

Program Description:

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is a non-legal Advisory Board, founded for the purpose of advancing relations between the people of the United States and Kosovo through educational exchange programming.

The United States-Kosovo Educational Exchange Board (USKEB) is supported by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), The U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, and Kosovo’s Ministry of Education and Science, and is implemented by American Councils for International Education and Kosovo United States Alumni (KUSA).

Term: The position is an unremunerated, two-year term.

Each board member has a vital role in determining the success of exchange programs that fall under the board’s advisory capacity. Members of the board will have the opportunity to work closely with fellow board members, the government of Kosovo, and U.S. Embassy representatives in suggesting beneficial strategies for educational exchange programming. Furthermore, USKEB members will have an active role in selecting upcoming grantees for the Fulbright Programs as well as in the promotion of exchange programs.

USKEB Members are expected to:

– To oversee the general direction of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming, including the U.S. bound: Fulbright Foreign Student Program (Master’s Degree), Fulbright Faculty Development Program(FFDP), Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program (FVSP), and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program; and Kosovo-bound: Fulbright Specialist Program, Fulbright U.S. Student Program, and Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program, and any future programming as may be deemed appropriate by the founder(s) of the Board.

– To assist in setting strategic priorities for United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming.

– To actively raise awareness on behalf of United States-Kosovo educational exchange programming. 

– To actively support educational initiatives and institutions that aim to foster understanding between the United States and Kosovo.

– To provide a forum for academicians from the United States in Kosovo and Kosovo academicians with interest in the United States to identify, discuss, and pursue matters of mutual interest. 

– To suggest and develop programs that will raise the profile of the Fulbright program in Kosovo.

To qualify as a Board member representing Academia, a person must:

– Have at least five years of professional experience in the field of higher education.

– Have professional or personal experience with programs of The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State (preferable).

– Not be affiliated with any political party.

– A growth mindset and excellent networking abilities.

For questions or concerns, contact us at educationalexchangeboard.ks@americancouncils.org.

4 Reasons To Study in the United States

Diversity of Student Population

Being one of the most culturally diverse countries in the World, the United States is praised for having ethnically diverse campuses. As of 2020, there are over 1 million international students studying in U.S. Colleges.

If you choose to study in the United States, you can take advantage of this diversity and connect with cultures from across the world.

U.S. Universities Have Engaging Campuses

University campuses in the U.S. are one of a kind. They are known for having their own identities. Each campus is structured similarly to a small town and they often organize activities in which you can participate and socialize with other students.

All campuses include various of facilities meant to offer students a relaxing and entertaining time while they are not in class or involved in assignments and study. You can grab a burger (and at a cheap price too), go on a picnic, take yoga classes for free and by all means, join the super-fun student parties.

Guaranteed successful career after graduation

The skills you earn at a U.S. University include easy interaction with different cultures, advancement of English language, as well as general and field-related knowledge.

Hiring companies will see you as a candidate with an international mindset with a unique approach to challenges.

Support for International Students

U.S. universities offer in-campus services to assist international students inside and outside of the classroom.

Most schools have offices dedicated to international student services. These offices are equipped with information regarding English-language courses, visa issues, financial aid and even cultural adjustment while you study abroad in the U.S.

INVITATION TO BID

Kosovo United States Alumni invites all prospective bidders to apply for eligibility bid for the:

Name of the project: Developing new KAA (Kosovo Accreditation Agency) platforms.

Bid Number: BID2-2020/US20GR4

Bid Due Date: 23-Oct-2020

Project Information: The project aims to develop the following components:

Development of a new website for KAA.

Development of a platform for certification for accredited institutions.

Development of a platform for reporting violations of standards of Higher Education Institutions.

Contract Limit: 12,705.00 EURO

Contract Duration: Two (2) months, one (1) year post-award support

Bid Documents: Plans, specifications, and bid documents may be obtained from KUSA’s office via email (info@kusalumni.org) upon request. 

Procurement will be conducted through open competitive bidding procedures in accordance with ‘KUSA Procurement and Payment Regulations.

Attention! We are updating our database.

As KUSA grows with new members annually, so does the scope of our activities. As an organization, our goal is to be able to offer each member the benefits you get from being registered as Alumni in KUSA. 

For this reason, it is very important for us to have updated information on our members. We are currently working on updating our database and your contribution is appreciated. We want to kindly ask you to fill out the KUSA membership form on the link below, to update us with your current information:

The link can be found under the ABOUT section on our webpage, a button MEMBERSHIP FORM.

The application form is fairly easy, and only takes a few minutes of your time. Please keep in mind to use your email instead of your work email when applying.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

“Prishtina School Clubs” Fair

On September 27, 2019, KUSA hosted students from all over Prishtina at the “Prishtina School Clubs” fair, where KUSA alumni, local companies, students and parents discussed what activities are possible at the new afterschool Technology, Debate, Art, and Outdoors clubs. The curriculum and club guideline developed by KUSA members and experts of the field was distributed to the teachers who were thrilled to start implementing it.

Makerspaces such as Bonevet and FARA Workshop were the main attraction of the fair, with young tech enthusiasts eager to learn more about AI, robots, 3D printers, and Computer Numerical Control (CNC).

Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, the “Prishtina School Clubs” project established extracurricular school clubs in all Prishtina area primary schools, based on KUSA alumni’s own experience on exchange in the U.S., where extracurricular activities and afterschool clubs are woven into the fabric of everyday student life.

Inspiring tomorrow’s engineers and scientists: Tackling girls’ academic self-perception at an early age

This project aimed to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Club in one of the schools of Prishtina. By performing creative and fun activities and games, the children had the opportunity to learn and to get inspired by many women role models that were part of the club gathering through their lectures. These lectures by women who are engaged in STEM careers, brought the children closer to the idea of a woman engineer, scientist, computer programmer, astronaut etc.

The activities of the project included visits in different companies related to the STEM field and educational institutions, which gave to the children the chance to see innovative and creative environments and inspired them to approach STEM choices for their future studies and careers.

At the end of the project a science exhibition was organized within school to showcase the as the creative ideas of all the children and to get to share with everyone what they have learnt during this project.