Greeting speech of Prof. Gjoke Uldedaj, President of the University College “Qiriazi” at the Scientific Symposium on “Her Ethics and Role in Scientific Research”, organized by the Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the University College “Qiriazi”
Dear organizers and participants.
It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this Scientific Symposium on behalf of Qiriazi University College, as co-organizer of this activity.
Today’s symposium, in my estimation is of particular importance, both for the issues it addresses and for the moment in which it is realized.
The development of ethics in research and research is an imperative task for all state bodies, the education system, intellectuals and scientific workers, but especially for higher education institutions, whose mission is to bring the two components into harmony, ie teaching process and research.
Because of the all-encompassing values it holds, Ethics is addressed in various aspects and perspectives that are relevant to the individual and society; with the state and law; with morals, culture and politics; with professionalism and law, and especially with science. As such she is not only a co-leader of social life; state activity; teaching and scientific activity, but also shows the standards of their development.
On this occasion let me express before you the commitment of Qiriazi University College, to build, support and create the necessary spaces, enabling academic staff to develop qualitatively the scientific research, aiming at the parameters of the western counterpart institutions.
Establishing standards for Scientific Research in Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers is a challenge closely linked to the creation of basic structures that follow and evaluate the methods and role of ethics in research.
It is urgent today for higher education institutions to talk more about research and the role of ethics in this regard.
Higher education and research institutions in our country should follow the trend of most OECD countries, which are facing increasing research support through systematic evaluation of optimization and rationalization of research funding, given to universities, academia or research institutes.
Dear colleagues of the participation!
If we analyze the relationship between the number of higher education institutions and the structures set up for scientific research in our country and the number of inhabitants, we can easily conclude that we sometimes outperform even the most developed countries such as Great Britain, Germany. , Austria and France.
In this regard, in addition to improving the legal framework in the field of scientific research and putting it in function of the needs of social, economic, technological, cultural development, it is necessary to change the policy of support with the appropriate budget for scientific research.
Comparing our state budget for higher education and research that reaches 0.4-0.6% of GDP with that of the region or OECD countries that reaches 1-3%, it turns out that we are far behind, it also affects the product of research, projects and research.
Research must be defined as the basis of higher education and education, as the engine of innovation, competitiveness and quality of teaching.
The thesis that “education cannot be separated from scientific research” is widely accepted. Universities, including us, should be considered as the most appropriate institutions for the development of scientific research.
This is for two reasons: a) Direct links of scientific research to the teaching process; b) Integrating research with these institutions is closer to the labor market of anyone else.
Long experience in the university system and in other political and public engagements has taught me that everything is set up and operates on the basis of general and specific principles and laws, which naturally include ethical principles, codes and values.
In this context, research ethics is a very complex issue that begins with the selection of the object, subject, search method, data storage, processing complexity, conclusions and until their publication and publication.
Adherence to norms and rules throughout the scientific research process is fundamentally scientific ethics.
The development of higher education standards and His contribution to social development, through the strengthening of scientific research and ethics in all aspects related to it, I think requires:
a) Improving the legal framework and its enforcement mechanisms in order to prevent ethical violations by all players in the university system.
b) Improving scientific research programs to deepen the study of ethics in teaching and research; avoiding copy and plagiarism as well as publishing and using academic textbooks.
c) Increasing the budget and investment for studies and research in order to develop the needs of economic and social life.
In conclusion, I wish success to this Symposium, considering a first collaboration of the University College “Qiriazi” with the Academy of Sciences, to continue with other institutional-level collaborations.