The University of Shkodra, "Luigj Gurakuqi" today, with an uttermost physiognomy, is not only to show its values and to be presented as one of the most critical institutions in high public education in Albania but also to show its motivation and engagement in applying its obligations as a high educational institution and to best serve to its students and other interested persons.
The University of Shkodra, "Luigj Gurakuqi" offers excellent possibilities in attending higher studies at University based on the roots and tradition of an early civilization, on an educational tradition, with a highly professionally qualified national and international staff, with various possible choices in its faculties and branches (6 faculties and 24 branches) and also through its programs. This University is also known internationally because of much inter-university collaboration with many associates and collaborators all around the world
It has been one of the most important institutions and the most important center of education, scientific research, and culture of Northern Albania.
The University of Shkodra has passed through many phases:
The Pedagogical Institute was a two academic year studies Institute from 1957 to 1970. Initially, there were two branches: Linguistic-Literature-History branch and Physics- Mathematics branch. In the academic year 1962-1963, the Biology-Geography branch was opened, and it was the only institution that could qualify primary school teachers for Albania. During this period, 4505 teachers were qualified in both systems (full-time and part-time systems).
From 1970 to 1982, it functioned as a three-year study High Pedagogical Institute. There were four branches as follows: Linguistic- Literature, Geography- History, Mathematics- Physics and Biology -Chemistry branch. In 1981 the Elementary Teachers branch was opened (this branch prepared elementary school teachers). During this period, 3169 teachers were qualified for both systems.
For nine years, from 1982/1983- 1990/1991, it functioned as four-year academic studies High Pedagogical Institute. One thousand nine hundred twelve teachers were qualified during this period for both systems. The High Pedagogical Institute of Shkodra was named "Luigj Gurakuqi" (a famous patriot and scholar) by the decree of Ministers' Council Nr 124 date: 01.04.1989.
The High Pedagogical Institute's status changed to the University of Shkodra, "Luigj Gurakuqi" by the Ministers' Council decree Nr 124, on 28.05.1991. Since then, this University has undergone different changes and developments in different aspects. During this period the following faculties opened Law Faculty (1992), Economic Faculty with three branches (Business -Administration 1994, Accounting - Finance 2000, Marketing- Tourism 2001), Foreign Languages Faculty with four branches (English studies- 1994, German Studies- 1996, Italian studies 1998 and French Studies- 2005). Some others branches that are opened are as follow Pre- Elementary teacher (1996), General Nursery (2001), Informatics (2002), Psychology (2004), Social Work (2005), Physical training and sports (2006), Communication- Mass media (2006), Midwifery (2007) and Physiotherapy (2007) for a total of 24 branches. Seven thousand four hundred thirty-four students have been graduated under the current system.
During these years, The High Pedagogical Institute has had consulting centers and its branches all around Albania. It has played a significant role in the consolidation of the educational system in Albania. The High Pedagogical Institute has had its branches in Elbasan, Gjirokaster, Korçë, Berat, Durrës, Fier, Vlorë and consulting centers in Tirana, Peshkopi and Sarandë. The Pedagogical Institutes of Gjirokastra and Elbasan were opened on the strategy of these Branches.
The University of Tirana has thereby organized its branches at the Pedagogical Institute of Shkodra since 1996. Five hundred eighty-five students graduated from the following branches: Veterinary Medicine, Economic- Accountability, Economic -Planning, Electrical Engineering, and Construction Engineering.
In these 50 years, "Luigj Gurakuqi" University of Shkodra has qualified 17 605 students who work on different fields of sciences, knowledge, and leading structures by giving invaluable help to our national educational system.