Higher Education in Kosovo: Media Coverage and the Challenges

Authors

  • Anton Gojani PhD., Professor, UBT Higher Education Institution, Kosovo
  • Lavdim Terziu PhD., Professor, AAB College in Kosovo Corresponding Author
  • Osman Osmani PhD Candidate, “St. Cyril and Methodius” University; English Lecturer, University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”, Kosovo

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0053

Abstract

The purpose of this research work was to approach higher education in Kosovo from the viewpoint of both print and electronic media coverage, as well as to point out the challenges derived from the current practice. The paper addresses the impact of media on higher education promotion and development, in addition to quality improvement. Furthermore, it aims to generate discussion on how media coverage of higher education can positively contribute to its development, including impact on wider society. Media’s role in public information, its attitude in relation to educational reforms, and society’s awareness on changing needs have been analyzed thoroughly. In addition, the challenges faced by higher education institutions and its coverage by media were analyzed. The research was conducted with a structure and methodology based on theoretical, empirical findings, and discussion on education and media. The main finding is that media provide adequate coverage of events and information primarily in the negative context, with very little attention paid to good practices and more positive messages. Further, the research suggests that education in general and higher education in particular, is closely linked and affected by politics, On the other hand, there is a lack of professionalism in the journalist profession, particularly amongst those dealing with educational issues in general and higher education in particular. Electronic media coverage in many cases is considered disproportionate towards certain groups. Thus, both sides media and HE institutions are critical of each other and there is clear mistrust and lack of cooperation.

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Published

2020-05-10

How to Cite

Gojani, A. ., Terziu, L. ., & Osmani, O. . (2020). Higher Education in Kosovo: Media Coverage and the Challenges. Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 9(3), 176. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2020-0053

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