The development and implementation of a PhD Program in ICT for the Kosovo Education System
Despite ever accelerating workplace changes, including rapidly expanding technological access and fast improving information and communication systems, the education system in Kosovo is not fully developed enough to provide a high-quality research-based education in Information and Communication Technology. Coping simultaneously with varied national priorities, Kosovo – a small country with 2 million inhabitants and a national budget of only 2.3 billion – lacks the needed investments to fundamentally transform the quality of the education system.
A funded ICT doctoral program would address today’s workforce priorities and requirements. The design and delivery of a national PhD program in ICT is crucial for Kosovo in order to ensure competitive readiness within the regional education systems and national economies of the West Balkans – and beyond. This paper argues the need for PhD programs and offers insights into a proposed project, the aim of which is to put Kosovo on the map by offering a PhD in the ICT field.