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Organisation of private education


2.Organisation and Governance

2.4Organisation of private education

Last update: 16 February 2024

Private pre-university education

Likewise with public Pre-university education private institutions at this level  include needles, kindergartens, integrated primary lower secondary schools and upper secondary schools both general and vocational.  Private pre-university education institutions are created and function in the same way as their public homologous. Their licensing is done by the National Licensing Center based on a decision of Ministry of Education  and Sport. Suspension of activities of these institutions is merely conducted by National Licensing Center based on Decision of Council of Ministers. Institutions created, administered or founded by religious groups are opened and closed by Decision of Council of Ministers. Application procedures for opening of a private pre-university education institute are offered online in Ealbania portal.

Private higher education

The law on higher education organizes higher education institutions into:

  1. Public, higher education institutions.
  2. Private (non-public) higher education institutions.

Private higher education institutions are defined as legal private entities whose activities can be for profit or not for profit.  Currently, there are 26 private higher education institutions operating in Albania. They are mainly funded by tuition fees. The new law on higher education says that private higher education might benefit from state budget only:

  1. From scholarships offered to students who decide to study in a private higher education institution
  2. From scientific research fund if the private institution is awarded a project dedicated to research.

Respective procedures of application for opening of a Higher Education Institution be it private or public  are offered online through e-albania portal

In regard to organization and programmes offered they are similar to those mentioned in section 2.3. For more details please consult also chapter 3 (on funding) and chapter 7 on higher education.