On February 26th, Kosovo American Education Fund Alumni hosted the first session of KAEFA Academy on the topic of “Introduction to KAEF.” The academy took place at the National Library with more than 70 students showing interest and joining the academy.
Blendrit Elezaj (KAEFA ’17) opened the academy and made a short presentation on its mission to inform the youth, particularly the students of ‘University of Prishtina,’ as well as how the academy will further develop. Gjeni Shporta, the Country Representative of American Councils in Prishtina, talked about the nature of KAEF and explained how the academy will prepare the students for applying not only for this program but for other scholarships as well.
Darsei Canhasi (KAEFA ’16) was the second keynote speaker on this session. After briefly introducing himself and his work, Darsei elaborated on the importance of work experience while choosing a master’s degree. He also noted the significance of well written personal statements and his personal case on how he prepared for the standardized exams. Darsei compared pursuing a master’s degree in the US with the ones in Europe and advised that completing a two-year degree gives you the opportunity to gain more knowledge and as it is with KAEF, the opportunity to work for a period of 12 months after graduation can bring social and networking benefits to anyone’s career. He also highlighted KAEF’s reputation as one of the best and most established scholarships in Kosovo, with a great alumni association.
Eremal Bajrami (KAEFA ’16) and Plarentina Desku (KAEFA ’18) spoke about the flexibility of the US education system and its many advantages.
The event wrapped up with a Q&A session from the students.
Many thanks to our attendees and please make sure to join us on our next academy session which will take place on March, 2019.