- Faculty & Staff
Slept great on the plane, and safely arrived in beautiful Tirana, Albania, about 11AM. Tirana is located in a valley surrounded by the Dajti Mountains (described by one resident as "the end of the Alps," en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Dajt) Tirana is a booming city--with construction everywhere, including in historic Skanderbeg Square. This afternoon, I visited two schools associated with the Hizmet movement. The first, Epoka University, can be found here: www.epoka.edu.al/new It's on the outskirts of Tirana near the airport. While at Epoka, I visited with the Provost, Prof. Dr. Hasan Kaplan, who explained the curriculum, which focuses on business or engineering. About 600 students are enrolled. Then, I visited Memorial International School of Tirana, here: www.mistedu.com. It's a PK-12 school, with an international staff (including a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma!) 70% of the teachers are women. The facilities rival any in the U.S. for technological capacity (the school is in the old Communist Party School in downtown Tirana!) I wrapped up the afternoon with a little sun outside by the pool (I'm reading Charles Tayler, A Secular Age), a brief sauna, a few laps in the pool--and now on to dinner!