The discussion panel “The open society, democracy and education as means to fight extremism”
Bedër University in collaboration with the Union of Journalists of Albania organized the discussion panel “The open society, democracy and education as means to fight extremism”.
The speakers' panel, led by the Rector of the University Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, consisted of: Mr. Blendi Klosi, Minister of Youth and Social Welfare, H.E.Mr. Bernard Fitoussi, the Ambassador of French Republic, Mr. Aleksandër Çipa, Chairman of the Union of Journalists of Albania, and Mr. Besnik Mustafaj, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, the President of the Albanian Forum for the Alliances of Civilization.
Also, in the activity participated representatives of different embassies accredited in Tirana, such as: the Embassy of the Republic of Greece, the Embassy of the Republic of Kosovo, the Embassy of Switzerland, Russian Federate Embassy, the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of OSCE, the Embassy of Libya, the Embassy of Romania, the Vice Chairman of the Muslim Community in Albania, Mr. Ali Zaimi, and other distinguished personalities of media and civil society in the country.
Having welcomed and thanked the attendants for participating the event, in his welcoming speech, the Rector of University Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana emphasized that extremism or terror have caused great tragedies that have led to immense loss of people’s lives as a crude attack upon our common values.
The first interfaith symposium on topic: "Freedom of religion and interfaith dialogue in Albania "
Department of Islamic Sciences at the Bedër University, in the context of 25th anniversary of religious freedom in our country, organized in cooperation with the “Ndërdioqezian seminar” in Shkodra and the Theological Academy in Durres, the first interfaith symposium on topic: "Freedom of religion and interfaith dialogue in Albania ".
November of 1990, a month in which developed first religious rites, after years of detention by the communist regime and the harmony of coexistence interfaith in these 25 years of religious freedom, were fundamental issues which took place at At Mario Imperatori references, “Ndërdioqezian Seminar” Shkodra, Mr. Vlash Plepi, Orthodox Theological Academy, St. Vlash and Dr. Genti Kruja, Depart. The Islamic Studies, Bedër University & MCA, who also made up the panel of this roundtable.
As moderator of this symposium, Rector of Bedër University, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, after thanking the participants for their presence, said that this institution has developed dozens of conferences, seminars, workshops, etc, waited thousands of people maybe, but today's activity has a special meaning and importance.
Concret steps in the Muslim-Catholic interreligious dialogue
In the framework of cooperation for the Muslim-Catholic interreligious dialogue, after organizing several seminars and joint meetings between the institutions of religious communities and academic, on Wednesday, on 25 November 2015 was held a visit of the academic staff of the Department of Islamic Studies in Bedër University and third year students of the department at the Catholic Theological High School ( Ndërdioqezian seminar) in Shkodra.
On top of this delegation was the Rector of the Bedër University Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Gjana, who was accompanied by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities Prof. Dr. Ajhan Tekinesh, Head of the Department of Islamic Studies Dr. Atakan Derelioğlu, Director of Culture and Interreligious Dialogue MCA Dr. Genti Kruja, Director of Public Relations at Bedër University Mr. Agron Hoxha, lectures Mr. Erlis Çela, Mr. Adil Kutlu, Veton Tulla and Dr. Xhemal Alsafarti.
The academic staff of Bedër University was welcomed in the conference room of the institution, by the head of the “Ndërdioqezian seminar” Dom Leonardo Falco, Director of the “Ndërdioqezian seminar” Father Mario Imperatori, the academic staff of the school and it’s students.
During the first part of the meeting the Director of the school, Father Mario Imperatori held an opening speech, welcoming the participants, who came for the first time in this institution, considering very important this cooperation in the academic field, especially for students of theology.
The contribution of artists and intellectuals in promoting tolerance and coexistence
Artists, intellectuals and numerous journalists were part of a round table held by the Bedër Higher Education Institution, within the global universites initiative against violent extremism, this initiative initiated by the White House and US State Department.
"The contribution of artists and intellectuals in promoting tolerance and coexistence" developed as part of the before mentioned project brought together a range of public figures, to mention here: Ms. Margarita Xhepa, Mr. Mirush Kabashi, Mrs Myfarete Laze, Mr. Sokol Angjeli, Mr. Mërkur Bozgo, Mr. Agim Baçi, Mr. Armand Bora, Mr. Pëllumb Vorpsi, Mr. Ilir Hoxholli and numerous representatives of the media and civil society.
The purpose of the event was the union of individuals in a coalition of peace and understanding, as the moderator of the panel Mr. Aleksander Cipa said in his address. Head of the Union of Journalists called the unification of public figures as a noble initiative that makes Beder part of the chain of peace.