Uniting Against Academic Corruption: Memorandum Signing Across Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia

A joint initiative titled “Corruption Free Universities in Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia” is currently underway, led by a consortium of partners that include the Institute for Development Research and Alternatives (IDRA) in Albania, the Institute for Strategic Research and Education (ISIE) in North Macedonia, and the Center for Free Elections and Democracy (CESID) in Serbia.

The primary objective of this project is to proactively address and prevent corruption in higher education institutions in Albania (AL), North Macedonia (NM), and Serbia (RS). The initiative seeks to engage the civil sector from the region and involve all relevant stakeholders, aligning with the broader goals of the SMART Balkans initiative. Its overarching mission is to foster the rule of law, ensure effective administration of justice, and combat corruption within the student body and among university employees in higher education institutions across the three countries.

This collaborative effort is made possible in the framework of the regional grant of the “SMART Balkans – Civil Society for Shared Society in the Western Balkans” regional project implemented by Centar za promociju civilnog društva (CPCD), Center for Research and Policy Making (CRPM) and Institute for Democracy and Mediation (IDM) and financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA).

To solidify this commitment and establish a cooperative foundation for the initiative, representatives from the partnering organizations—Mr. Misho Dokmanovic of ISIE (North Macedonia), Mr. Auron Pasha of IDRA (Albania), and Mr. Bojan Klacar of CESID (Serbia)— signed a cooperation agreement in Tirana, Albania. This pivotal moment marks the initiation of a promising and enduring partnership, laying the groundwork for future developments in addressing corruption within higher education across the region.

About Us

Welcome to the Corruption Free Universities project, working tirelessly to transform higher education in Albania, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Our mission is crystal clear: to champion the rule of law, instill effective administration of justice, and eradicate corruption among students and university staff.