Conferences and Workshops

March 26, 2015
Researchers from 11 countries and 21 different universities, gathered at ICCMS 2015
Researchers from 11 countries and 21 different universities, gathered at the international conference on communication and media studies, discussed about developments and challenges that media industry faces.
Academics and professionals of  media field, coming from France, Ireland, Turkey, Belgium, Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, referred their scientific papers aiming to provide answers to dilemmas and problems that technological changes have brought to media industry.
Topics of the conference included sharing information on scientific research, development, media industry applications, social media, marketing, political communication, etc. New reports of media ownership have also brought new relations between owners of media product, its quality, advertisers, politicians and other stakeholders.
In his opening speech, rector of ’Hëna e Plotë’’ Beder University, Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, after welcoming the referees and participants, raised the importance of treating such topics in terms of digitalization and new media trends.
Prof. Artan Fuga, head of Journalism and Communication Department at Tirana University, focused on the dynamics of recent years, where traditional media is being challenged by new communication tools. New digital media is creating dilemmas and questions, about the effectiveness, credibility and audience. He mentioned the importance of organizing the conference in partnership with several institutions, wishing that referees, through their works, will answer questions about recent developments in the media industry.
Deputy Ambassador of France to Albania, Didier Guilbert expressed his honors for participating in this important international conference, considering new communication platforms conditions. He noted the close cooperation between ’Hëna e Plotë’’ Beder University and French Embassy in various activities within the terms of Francophonie.
Prof. Dr. Briseida Mema, as the chairwoman of the conference, focused on the relevance and importance of  discussing topics related to media industry. She stressed that technology progresses rapidly and in this regard researchers, journalists and media people have to walk on the same rhythm so to not be left behind technological developments. Ms. Mema expressed her gratitude for the support that French Embassy has consistently provided in these activities within the framework of Francophonie.
Mr. Alfred Peza, deputy chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Public Information Means, thanked ’Hëna e Plotë’’ Beder University for organizing this conference, noting that such activities serve not only to media professionals, but also to public and policymakers. Mr. Peza focused on the process of transition to digital broadcasting as an international obligation.
Prof. Eric Scherer from France, director of "Future Media" on French television was invited as the keynote speaker of the conference. Professor Scherer presented 10 challenges of the digital revolution, as well as changes that media industry should adapt.
Professor Scherer, author of ''Do we still need journalists'' essay, stressed that social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc, are spreading so fast, while traditional media is trying to integrate these new forms of communication. He also said that media entrepreneurship is difficult and digitalization brings the need for experts in this field.
International Conference on communication and media studies on topic "media industry, trends, dynamics and challenges', was organized by Department of Communication Sciences at ’Hëna e Plotë’’ Beder University, in collaboration with Department of Journalism and communication at Tirana University, "Ipek University" in Ankara, University of Pristina, and the Union of Journalists of Albania.
15 September 2014
Workshop on curriculum programs of department of Communication Sciences
As part of the continuous improvement of the curriculum and its adaption with the programs offered in Western countries, as well as updation with the latest literature, Department of Communication Sciences at Hëna e Plotë Bedër  University held a workshop, which was attended by the experts, professors and researchers of the field.
In the one day meeting there were discussed the curriculum and all the materials that programs at Department of Communication Sciences include: Bachelor in Communication Sciences, Master of Science in Communication Science in Journalism and Public Relations profiles.
The discussion leader of the workshop was vice head of the department Mr. Ramadan Çipuri, who considered very important the need for continuous review of university curricula, which according to him should be updated with developments in the sector and with the most recent literature.
As was discussed in general for the curriculum, later on all the content was analized with cases in detail, so to prevent the repetition of themes and literature.
During the discussions, a special importance was given to the methods that should be practiced for a more effective teaching.
The workshop was an initiative proposed by the Council of Quality Assurance at Bedër University.
05 May 2014
Regional Workshop on "Media language of Albanian speaking media" held
In the framework of the World Day of Press Freedom, Department of Communication Sciences at Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University in collaboration with the Union of Journalists, organized a regional Workshop on " media language of albanian speaking media " topic.
This event was attended by nearly 40 media representatives from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, mainly of visual media, print and the online, as well as a significant number of students of communication sciences department.
Keynote speakers at this panel were the prominent analysts Mr.Kim Mehmeti and Mr.Lutfi Dervishi. But it should be noted that throughout this activity all participants shared their point of  view, professional experience and referred about the theme of the workshop.
Firstly, Mr. Ramadan Çipuri vice director of the Department of Communication Sciences at Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University gave his speech, who after welcoming the attendees raised for discussion the topic of the workshop and made a short summary about the importance and actuality of the media in Albanian speaking territories.
After the welcoming speech, Mr. Lutfi Dervishi gave his speech too. He discussed about current problems and issues on Albanian speaking media in the region, emphasizing the economy of the media and its impact not just on journalists but also at journalism, which is offered us as a result of this fact.
While the known analyst Mr. Mehmeti gave a description and analysis of the current situation in the region about Albanian speaking media, considering the  commonalities and differences that these medias have, as well as finding a way to fill them with factors that have been absent so far.
To proceed further with this discussion, Mr. Alexander Çipa, Chairman of the Union of Journalists emphasized on finding a common language in Albanian-speaking media and collaboration on improving the conditions in which journalism is made today in Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.
The activity continued with numerous discussions by the participants on the workshop topic.
27 March 2014
Culture and education as communication bridges between Albania and France
“Hëna e Plotë” (Bedër) University, in cooperation with the Embassy of France in Tirana, on the occasion of Francophonie week, organized a panel on "Culture and education as communication bridges between Albania and France".
 The panel was conceived as a round table, where guests coming from academic, media, culture and art area, shared ideas and discussed about the role that culture and education have in strengthening the relations between Albania and France.
Rector of “Hëna e Plotë” (Bedër) University, Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, after welcoming the participants in the panel focused on the importance of exchanging values between cultures, noting that the purpose of organizing this event is an attempt to give a contribution in this direction.
For her part, the French Ambassador, Mrs. Christine Moro expressed satisfaction with the organization of this event and noted that embassy desires to collaborate with the university in organizing similar activities. She explained a historical account of the relations between Albania and France, focusing on the major role that French Lyceum of Korca played. Meanwhile, underlined the fact that cultural exchanges between the two countries, although they have a long history, in the recent years are intensified, citing prominent names of Albanian literature and art, who represent Albanian culture in France, such as Ismail Kadare, Fatos Kongoli, Inva Mula etc.
Minister of Culture, Ms. Mirela Kumbaro, after congratulating the organizers for the panel, said that education and culture are important communication bridges between the two countries. "In 2016 we have the 100th anniversary of the French presence in Albania. I fully agree with the topic of panel and I consider very important that along public institutions, also private universities pay attention to French culture and the relations between two countries. This is a very important indicator and for this I thank the Embassy of France and the Bedër University for organizing this panel. "- said the Minister.
Then, Ms. Mimoza Hafizi, deputy of  Socialist Party and also chairwoman of Albania-France friendship group in the Parliament, gave her speech too. Ms. Hafizi spoke about the  establishment of  friendship group in the Assembly and education of albanian students in France, considering this as a good opportunity to get to know French culture. Other panelists, as Prof. Dr. Petrit Malaj, Prof. Dr. Shezai Rokaj Prof. Dr. Mark Mark and Mr. Aleksander Cipa, shared their views on the subject and gave concrete proposals in order to strengthen the relations between Albania and France.
At the end of the discussion, panelists and numerous guests attended in the opening of photographic exhibition: "Albanian Realities under the AFP objective’’ work of photojournalist Genti Shkullaku. The exhibition consisted of 30 photographs from the Albanian reality in the last 3-4 years.
12 March 2014
Bedër University organizes the second student conference: "Communication, media and social responsibility"
Department of Communication Sciences at ''Hëna e Plotë'' (Bedër) University organized the second student conference with the theme: "Communication, media and social responsibility". In this conference were presented 18 scientific papers and reports written by third year students of the bachelor level.
The conference was opened with the welcoming speech by the vice-chairperson of the Department of Communication Sciences also chairman of the conference, phd cand. Ramadan Çipuri, who thanked the guests for their participation and students for the work done. During his speech, he highlighted the importance that research means to communication science students, in addition to theoretical training they receive in the auditorium, as well as development of professional practices in various media.
The conference was also welcomed by the Rector of the University "Hëna e Plotë "(Bedër), Dr. Ferdinand Gjana. Before students started to present in the conference room, Dr. Gjana praised the work of the Department of Communication Sciences, which, according to him, has been very active in the three years since the opening of the    "Hëna e Plotë" (Bedër) University.
Prof.Assoc.Dr. Rahim Ombashi, a lecturer in the department, considered the student research as an added value to current achievements in this institution of higher education in Albania. He emphasized the importance that contains the research of students, as a way that directly affects their intellectual formation and contribution to society.
Later on, the conference continued with student presentations, which were divided into three sessions. In the first session, titled: "Ethics and social responsibility in journalism ", referred  six students. In the second session, titled " Screen, power and its impact on social life", six other students presented their works. The third session was a little more special, with the title "Social reality through the genre of reportage'',some  other students presented their reportage realized on different themes.
At the end of the conference, certificates were distributed to students who referred.
21 February 2012
Student Conference on the theme "Media and Politics"

The relationship between media and politics, one of the most discussed issues by the Albanian public at early 90s, was the topic of the Student Conference "Media and Politics", organized by the Department of Communication Sciences at Hëna e Plotë, Bedër University. The opening session of the conference was attended by important personalities from academics, politics and media representatives, who valued the work of the conference as a positive step in the academic formation of students and the discussion of such topics to another level.

Head of the Department of Communication Sciences, Mr Ramadan Çipuri, president of the conference, emphasized the importance of research in the field of media and politics. Meanwhile, the Rector of the Hëna e Plotë, Bedër University, Dr.Ferdinand Gjana, in his welcoming speech briefed the participants on the mission and accomplishment up to date.

Speaker 's Commission on Education and Means of Public Information, Valentina Leskaj stressed that the discussion of the relationship between media and politics at a student conference has a special significance. Mrs.Leskaj said that although the relationship between politics and media in years, and also the difficulties in this area, there has been a progress.  

The conference welcomed the Rector of the Polytechnic University of Tirana, Prof.Dr. Jorgaq Kacani, Rector of the European University of Tirana, Prof.As.Dr. Tonin Gjuraj, Mr. Clive Rumbold, First Secretary and Head of the Political Section of the EU Delegation in Tirana, and the prominent journalist Blendi Fevziu.

20 November 2012
National Scientific Conference: “Media Role in national identity formation and consolidation”
The department of Communication Sciences of “Hëna e Plotë” (Bedër) University organized the national conference titled  “Media Role in national identity formation and consolidation” in 100th anniversary of Albanian Independence Day.
In their speeches academicians coming from various universities and specialists of media field mentioned arguments regarding the beginnings, development and consolidation of the national identity and media position in this long-lasting process. A future debate that needs further scientific work is also `Kosovo identity` and `Albanian identity`.
Prof. as. dr. Mark Marku in his speech stressed that in the second half of the XIX century when the book culture was absent, the written press was the only mean that helped the construction and the prevailing of the national identity. Among the arguments he also said that language was the only institution that identified the national identity. 
To follow up, Doc. Dr. Agron Tufa focused on the debate “Kosovo identity” and “Albanian identity”, that according to him, it is associated with a formation of a new brand Albanian language apart from the standard one. 

03 May 2012

Workshop : Challenges of Albanian Media in ''World Day of Press Freedom''

The Department of Communication Sciences at Hëna e Plotë (Bedër) University, in cooperation with the Department of Journalism at the University of Tirana, the Union of Journalists and the Albanian Media Institute, in the World Day of Press Freedom organized the workshop with the theme" Challenges of Albanian Media".

The Head of the Department of Communication at Hëna e Plotë - Bedër University, Mr.Ramadan Çipuri, Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at the University of Tirana, Prof.Dr.Artan Fuga, Director of the Union of Albanian Journalists, Mr. Aleksander Cipa, distinguished analysts and also a representative of the Albanian Media Institute, Mr.Lutfi Dervishi, two university professors and distinguished media executives, discussed key issues and challenges that faces Albanian media. The main points of the discussion were ethical issues in the media, journalist's hard conditions and prospects of technological developments.

Mr. Ramadan Çipuri in his speech, referring to the latest data report published by "Freedom House", said that despite the problems that Albanian Media faces, there have been positive developments. The analyst Lutfi Dervishi, in his speech, focused on ethical issues in the Albanian media, emphasizing the lack of ethical codes and their application. Mr. Aleksander Cipa referred about the situation that media section employees face, in particular journalists working in the Albanian Media. Head of the Department of Journalism at the University of Tirana, Prof. Dr. Artan Fuga discussed the issue of journalistic challenges in terms of technological transformation.

03 May 2012
Workshop: Albanian Local media facing technology challenges and the time reality
On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the Department of Communication Sciences at “Hëna e Plotë” (Bedër) University, in cooperation with the Albanian Union of Journalists and the Albanian Media Institute organized on 03.05.2013 the workshop on "Albanian Local media facing technology challenges and the time reality "
The workshop subject attracted the attention of 31 different media representatives of local, and national. In this event referred the Head of the Department of Communication Sciences at HPBU, Ramadan Çipuri, Ambassador of the Republic of France in Tirana, Mrs. Christine Moro, The Vice-President of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Public Information Means Mr. Mark Mark, the Head of the Albanian Union of Journalists Mr. Aleksandër Çipa, the President of the Local Television Network Mr. Edmond Isaku etc.
Mr.Çipuri in his speech focused on the current situation in which local media are facing. According to him, the media in general is facing a new technological reality, where the Internet is becoming a platform for all of them. "We live in times when everything is united and gathered on the internet, as a common platform for this entire media. Operators are increasingly bringing equipment with cheaper cost. This means that in a short future in Albania people will have access to the internet and media services at low cost. “he said.
On the other hand, Mrs. Christine Moro, the ambassador of Republic of France, after praising the event organization in a very important day for freedom of the press, made a reflection on the reality of media freedom in the world, the problems often encountered by journalists to illustrate with examples from the French media market. Mrs. Moro was later stressed on issues related to media ethics as a critical element.