The mission of the office for Research and Quality is to develop student research and communication skills. We aim to link theoretical and practical learning by supporting student research ideas and their implementation. This office cooperates closely with the Academic Council, the coordinator for study programs, and the researchers in order to identify the needs of the institution for research. Furthermore, the office has a very important role in supporting researchers and students in orientation and the learning process of research activities. The new strategy of the Office for Research seeks to conduct at least one research per semester, a research which is relevant to the study programs our institution offers.
Leader of Research Office
Alban Fejza completed secondary school at Waverly Shell-Rock High School, Iowa, USA. He then started studying at the Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC), New Jersey, where he also worked as a math tutor at ACCC’s Learning Assistance Center at the Math Skills Lab. He completed his Bachelor studies at Rochester Institute of Technology, with Merit Based Scholarship William-Clinton. After working for several years at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, he continued his Master studies through the EU Scholarship Program for Kosovo in the field of Applied Social Statistics at Lancaster University, UK. Upon completion of Master studies, he was involved with coordinating the European Social Survey (ESS) in Kosovo, headed by the Center for Comparative Social Surveys, City University London. After completing the two-year ESS cycle, he worked for several years as a Researcher and Statistician at the Solidar Suisse organization, in the KOSANA (Pro-Health) project. Fejza’s expertise includes Statistics, Research, SPSS programs, STATA, R.
Researcher and Lecturer
MSc Orgesë Rafuna is specialized in clinical and health psychology sciences and has an extensive academic and professional background in different health related sciences and research, respectively, Mrs. Rafuna completed her master and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Pristina.
Mrs. Rafuna at the Heimerer College works as a Researcher and Lecturer. Beside her primary profession as a Psychologist she is also specialized in research, migration and statistics. During the time she has been involved in various projects and with different organizations like UNDP and UNICEF of the United Nations.
Mrs. Rafuna is also part of a project of the University of Illinois/ Chicago supported by the U.S. National Institution of Health Fogarty International Center. The aim of this project is to build the capacity of researchers and research institutions in Kosovo by engaging young researchers in studying aspects of health, mental health, and social well-being in low- and middle-income countries. Being part of this project has oriented her towards research in the area of social aspects, health and mental health of migrants and forcibly repatriated migrants in particular.