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MODPhD_1st Scientific Conference held on 16-17 November, 2017 in Faculty of Economics

Prishtinë, 20/11/2017 - 07:29

In the framework of the TEMPUS project “Modernizing the 3rd cycle at the University of Prishtina and Developing a PhD Program at the Faculty of Economics” , the 1st International Scientific Conference was held on 16-17 November, 2017 in the Faculty of Economics of University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”.

The conference was opened by the welcome speeches that were delivered by:

  • – Dr. Marjan Dema – Rector of University of Prishtina “Hasan Prishtina”
  • – Shyqiri Bytyqi – Minister of Education, Science and Technology
  • – Besim Beqaj – Minister of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • – Skencer Recica – Minister of Labour and Social Welfare
  • – Alessanda Roccasalvo – Deputy Resident Representative – UNDP
  • – Dr. But Dedaj – Dean of Faculty of Economics and Project Grant Holder
  • – Dr. Srdjan Redzepagic – Professor from University Sophia Antipolis Nice
  • – Dr. Johann Brunner – Professor from Johannes Kepler University Linz.

During the welcome speech, Prof. Dr. But Dedaj, delivered a presentation on the Tempus project MODPhD  – results and outcomes.

After the welcome speeches and the presentation, the first session of papers was chaired by Prof. Dr. Johann Brunner  and the following papers were presented:

  • – Wolfgang Frimmel, Gerald Pruckner: “Retirement and healthcare utilization”
  • – Antonio Portugal, Pedro Bacao: “Deflation in the Euro Zone: Theoretical and Empirical Analysis”
  • – Alessandro Figus – Universita degli Studi Link Campus, Italy
  • – Vinko Kandzija – Croatian experience as a support for Western Balkan countries in the EU accession process”

The second session of papers was chaired by Prof. Dr. Vinko Kandzija, Professor from University of Rijeka, Croatia, and the papers were presented by the following invited speakers:

  • – Dr. Johann Brunner  from Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • – Dr. Adel Ben Youssef from University Sophia Antipolis Nice, France

The third session was separated in three parallel sessions as follows:

Session one was chaired by Prof. Dr. Antonio Duarte Portugal from University of Coimbra, Portugal, and the following papers were presented:

  1. Adel Ben Youssef, Sabri Boubaker, But Dedaj and Mjellma Carabregu Vokshi – “Weakness of Entrepreneurship Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education in Emergent Countries: Empirical Evidence of Kosova” – presented by Mjellma Carabregu Vokshi
  2. Hykmete Bajrami, Nazmi Zeqiri – “Theories of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), and the significance of Human Capital” – presented by Mr. Nazmi Zeqiri.
  3. Behxhet Brajshori, Eriona Deda – “The Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), are a Priority for Economic Growth in Kosovo” – presented by Eriona Deda.
  4. Armand Krasniqi, Diamanta Sojeva – “Protection of costumers due to inappropriate agreements of electronic contracts in the Kosovo Market”
  5. Jovan Zafiroski – “Western Balkan Countries in a Multi-Speed Europe”

Session two was chaired by Prof. Dr. Srdjan Redzepagic from University Sophia Antipolis Nice, and the following papers were presented:

  1. Christian Longhi and Sylvie Rochhia – “Platforms and regional tourism. The impact of Airbnb on travelling and residential tourism in Nice and the French Riviera” – presented by Christian Longhi.
  2. Luljeta Aliu, Adel Ben Youssef – “Does ICT impacts the economic transformation of emerging countries?” – presented by Luljeta Aliu.
  3. Rineta Hoxha, Fitor Murati, Behare Sholla Avdiu – “Adoption of Technology in the Agriculture Sector: An Empirical Study of Kosovo’s Case”
  4. Besart Hajrizi, Aferdita Berisha – “A proposed quadruplehelix framework on fostering SMEs – universities interactions to generate innovation in Kosovo”
  5. Luljeta Aliu, Adel Ben Youssef, Burim Prenaj: “Online and mobile banking usage: The effects of e-skills and personal innovativeness” – presented by Luljeta Aliu.

Session three was chaired by Marta Simoes from University of Coimbra, Portugal and the following papers were presented:

  1. Vjosa Fejza, Ramiz Livoreka, Hykmete Bajrami: “Costumer Behavior in Commercial Banks of Kosova” – presented by Vjosa Fejza.
  2. Behare Sholla Avdiu, Srdjan Redzepagic: “Financial development in selected countries and perspectives for the economy of Kosovo” presented by Behare Sholla Avdiu.
  3. Marigona Geci, Adele Bianco: “The Impact of Remittances on Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction, The Case in Kosovo” – Presented by Marigona Geci.

The second day started with the plenary session: Keynote addresses which was chaired by Prof. Dr. Adel Ben Youssef from University Sophia Antipolis Nice. During this session Marta Simoes presented the paper “ Education and Income Inequality: Exploring Evidence from Emerging Countries” written by Marta Simoes and Jessica Barandas.

The second plenary session was chaired by Prof. Dr. and the following papers were presented:

  1. Vinko Kadzija from University of Rijeka, Croatia
  2. Higino Lopes, Marta Simoes: “FDI and Economic Growth in Cape Verde: Exploring Time Series Data” presented by Higino Lopes.

The third Plenary session was chaired by Prof. Dr. Alessandro Figus from Universita degli Studi Link Campus Rome, Italy, and Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski presented “Organizational and financing options for establishment of an amployment fund in Kosovo: a comparative perspective”, written by Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski and Marjan Petreski.

After the third session, three parallel sessions were held as follows:

Session one chaired by Sabri Boubaker, University Sophia Antipolis Nice, and the following papers were presented:

  1. Lorez Qehaja – “As Assessment of Students’ Test Performance: A Study of Kosovo Result in Pisa 2015”
  2. Rineta Hoxha: “Agriculuture Sector in Kosovo: Production, Trade and a Comparison with SEE countries”
  3. Adelina Zeqiri, Michela Cortini: “An Analysis of Tourism Development in Kosovo”, presented by Adelina Zeqiri
  4. Burim Prenaj – “Labor force participation in Western Balkans: New evidence and key determinants”
  5. Fitor Murati – “School to work transition in Kosovo”

Second Session chaired by Jovan Zafiroski from University St Syril and Methodius, Macedonia and the following papers were presented:

  1. Behare Sholla Avdiu, Rineta Hoxha, Fitor Murati, Marigona Geci: “Exploring Physicians, attitude towards technology use in healthcare: An empirical study  from Kosovo”
  2. Valbona Gjata, Erleta Shala, Pleurat Gjata – “The Implact of Fiscal Receipts Reimbursement Policy on Prevention Tax Evasion – Study Case: The Republic of Kosova”
  3. Marigona Geci, Burim Prenaj, Adelina Zeqiri, Behare Sholla: Adoption, Diffusion and Use of E-Government Services in Kosovo”
  4. Fitore Kostanica, Adel Ben Youssef, Adelina Zeqiri: “Factors affecting intention to adopt cloud computing by students in Kosovo”

Third Session was chaired by Nikica Mojsoska Blazevski from University American College – Skopje, Macedonia and the following papers were presented:

  1. Hykmete Bajrami: “The role of Marketing and Business Approach on SME-s Development”
  2. Fitore Kostanica, Srdjan Redzepagic – “Export and import trends and impact in GDP – evidence from Kosovo”
  3. Refik Kryeziu “Tax reforms in the Republic of Albania and Kosovo and their comparison with European Countries”
  4. Kujtim Hameli: “The role of Shopping Malls in Economic Growth of Kosovo”

After the parallel sessions, the closing ceremony of the conference was held and was chaired by Prof. Dr. Christian Longhi from University Sophia Antipolis Nice. Ms. Alessandra Roccasalvo held a closing speech. After the speech, the best papers awards were distributed to four papers, as follows:

  1. Marigona Geci, Burim Prenaj, Adelina Zeqiri, Behare Sholla: Adoption, Diffusion and Use of E-Government Services in Kosovo”
  2. Behare Sholla Avdiu, Rineta Hoxha, Fitor Murati, Marigona Geci: “Exploring Physicians, attitude towards technology use in healthcare: An empirical study  from Kosovo”
  3. Luljeta Aliu, Adel Ben Youssef, Burim Prenaj: “Online and mobile banking usage: The effects of e-skills and personal innovativeness”

3. Behare Sholla Avdiu, Rineta Hoxha, Fitor Murati, Marigona Geci: “Exploring Physicians, attitude towards technology use in healthcare: An empirical study  from Kosovo”.

The third place was split between two papers.

Moreover, the certificates were distributed to the presenters. The conference was closed by Prof. Dr. But Dedaj, Dean of the Faculty of Economics.