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One of the most defining features of Albania is its young, educated, skilled and adaptable population.

One of the most defining features of Albania is its young, educated, skilled and adaptable population.

Young population

 
 

Albania is characterized by a relatively young population, where nearly half of the population is under 35 years, and the median age is estimated to be 37.2 years.

This defining feature makes Albania second in the region of the Western Balkans for the ratio of its young population, which amounts to approximately 15% of the total population.

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This ratio becomes quite significant when compared to the percentage of the same age group in the EU population, which is estimated to be only 10.6% of the total population.

Educated population


Quality education is among key priorities in Albania, as evidenced through several initiatives, reforms and strategies undertaken aiming at its improvement and development. The results of such initiatives have also been acknowledged not only nationally, but also in a wider landscape. Compared to most of its neighbouring countries and the OECD average, Albania shows the significantly highest and most positive long-term trends in mean scores in all indicators measured by the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).
Moreover, Albania ranks first in the region of the Western Balkans for the Quality of vocational training and Skillsets of graduates, according to The Global Competitiveness Report 2019, compiled by The World Economic Forum.

These developments are reflected in a relatively high participation of children, pupils and students in formal education, which is measured to be 82.8% of the population belonging to what is known as school age, or 611,062 for the academic year 2019-2020 . 

At the same time, there has been greater interest towards vocational education, and a notable increase in the enrolment of students in the upper secondary education. Vocational schools play a significant role in the education of Albanian students, reaching an approximate average of 4000 graduates annually, or 11.2% of the total number of graduates in upper secondary education. 

Regarding tertiary education, or university studies, 34,891 students graduated in 2019, increasing with 1.6 % compared to the previous year.As evidenced by the graduate statistics, the most preferredarea of studies is Business, Administration and Law (27.8% of total graduates), followed by Health and Welfare (15.4%), Education (10.7%), Arts and Humanities (10.7%), Social Sciences (10.5%) and Engineering, manufacturing and construction (9.4%). 

 

Adaptable and skilled population

Multilingual capacities and the ease of adaptation to different cultural and work environments are another significant characteristic of the Albanian population. Almost 40% of the adult population of Albania know and are able to use at least one foreign language. This ratio increases notably among the young population, where more than half know and are able to use at least one foreign language (58.9%), and nearly 8% know and speak 3 or more foreign languages.The dominating foreign languages are English and Italian, while German and French are additionally part of education curricula.

These language skills significantly facilitate the process of adaptation in the workplace by facilitating the training process and establishing direct relationships with managers. AIDA constantly receives positive feedback from foreign companies that have developed their business in Albania regarding the ability of workers to adapt to workplaces and the degree of efficiency they show in a short time.

This experience offoreign companies is also supported by findings from reports on skills. Based on the results of quality education and vocational training, as well as experience in several sectors, the Albanian population ranks first at the regional level in the Skills bar, where it holds the highest regional scores in Current Workforce Skills and Future Workforce Skills , according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2019.