On 27 February 2023, the project supported the official ceremony of launching the newly established Organization of Kosovan-Austrian Alumni (OKAA). The event was greeted by the Member of European Parliament Lukas Mandel, MESTI Minister Arberie Nagavci, Austrian Ambassador Christoph Weidinger, University of Prishtina Rector Qerim Qerimi and the project Team Leader Aqim Emurli.
The OKAA is a non-profit legal entity, which is expected to further promote the internationalization and academic mobility between Kosovo and Austria, share lessons learnt and act as a catalyst for generating new ideas. In the upcoming period and within the project duration, different ways are sought to provide specific support and assistance with the aim of functionalizing the OKAA and helping to fulfil its mission.
All speakers at the event were of the opinion that OKAA needs additional capacity building support that will make sure that is headed in the right direction, becomes self-sustainable, fund-raises on its own and gets involved in the higher education sector as new stakeholder – at all time by bringing the Austrian experiences on board.