Max van der Stoel Institute

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Max van der Stoel Institute (MVDSI) is a scientific institute within South East European University focusing on inter-disciplinary fields of information and communication technologies, social sciences and economics.

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🌍 MVDSI joined the Democracy, Human Rights, and Peace Building International Conference: 25th Anniversary of NATO Intervention in Kosovo, organized by the Clinton School of Public Service in partnership with the Universiteti i Prishtinës.

Our team member - Albulena Halili presented her study titled “NATO’s Intervention in Kosovo: A Turning Point in Global Security and Balkan History”

Explore more about the conference at the link below!



On March 22, 2024, at the premises of the UKIM Faculty of Law in Skopje, Albulena Halili, Research Associate and leader of the Media Literacy & Disinformation Research Cluster (MeDisInfo) at the Max van der Stoel Institute (MVDSI), participated in the panel discussion “Disinformation and its Impact on North Macedonia,” organized by The Fletcher School at Tufts University, Fletcher Russia & Eurasia Program.

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Media Literacy & Disinformation Research Cluster team members are attending today the regional conference 'Defending Democracy in the Balkans: Safeguarding Information Integrity in the Digital Era organized by Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub and funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands to mark the International Fact-checking Day.

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Metamorphosis Foundation
Embassy of the Netherlands in North Macedonia

Photos from British Embassy Skopje's post 07/03/2024
Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 29/02/2024

Our team members Veli Kreci and Fortesa Asani attended the Publication Launch “The Sustainable Development Goals: How to Accelerate Their Achievement in North Macedonia and Leave No One Behind”, organised by UNDP MK and Институт за човекови права ИЧП / Institute for Human Rights IHR . They gave a brief presentation about the importance of reducing inequalities within and among countries at the global level, and more specifically on the local context of North Macedonia. It was emphasized that the government of North Macedonia needs to put reducing inequalities at the forefront of its agenda and design policies that would level the playing field by creating equal opportunities.


We are delighted to share with you the theoretical chapter with national disinformation case studies authored by our colleagues from the MeDisInfo research cluster as part of the Fakespotting project.

You can read our chapter titled 'Building Resilience in North Macedonia: Leveraging Media and Information Literacy to Combat Disinformation' at the link:


The MVDSI team experienced a motivating journey of growth and collaboration at our recent retreat!

From the historic grounds of Lezha, where we paid homage to Skanderbeg's legacy, to the heartwarming hospitality of Mrizi i Zanave agrotourism restaurant in the picturesque countryside, our adventure was filled with unforgettable experiences.

Following an refreshing morning in Durrës, where beachside sports activities revitalized our team spirit, we engaged in series of effective retreat sessions. Packed with insightful discussions on Collaborative Project Management, Innovation, Problem-Solving, and Managing Unexpected Workload, our time together was dedicated to strengthening our team cohesion and effectiveness.

We were honored to have our university's Rector join us for a discussion, adding valuable insights and highlighting our commitment to collaboration and innovation. We deeply appreciate his support, reinforcing our dedication to excellence.

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to making this retreat a success! Here's to many more adventures and achievements ahead!

Max van der Stoel Institute
South East European University (SEEU)

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 21/02/2024

📣📢We're happy to announce a significant milestone in the development of our institute with the successful closure of FIVE groundbreaking projects: Masters of GRB, FOSTEM, MUST, Bridge, and Fakespotting! With an outstanding average score of 90/100 from evaluators, they are the first of many successful initiatives that are currently in progress.
🥇Thanks to the relentless dedication of Afrim Tresi and Gerasimovska Irena, our amazing Project Coordination Unit (PCU), these projects have not only met but exceeded our expectations, marking a remarkable achievement for our institute! Tasked with the crucial responsibility of monitoring, administering, coordinating, and managing finances for our projects, the PCU has truly been the driving force behind our success!!
🎉To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're sharing a behind-the-scenes look at our journey. 🔍Check out the photo below, showcasing our project board adorned with milestones, meetings, trips, events, and more!

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 15/02/2024

Today, our team participated in the final conference of the UnInLeCo project in Celje, Slovenia! This conference focused on the University's role in fostering inclusivity and digital advancement in society, with discussions including exploring the University's third mission in building an inclusive and digital society, as well as addressing digital competences for the well-being of various vulnerable groups. Through photos, we'll provide a glimpse into the atmosphere and our team's engagement at this significant event!

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 14/02/2024

Our team represented by the director of the MVDSI Veli Kreci and Shpresa Alija as project coordinator is currently in Celje, Slovenia for a pivotal 5th Transnational Meeting and a Final Conference of the UnInLeCo project. From reviewing results and exploring platforms for collaboration to preparing comprehensive final reports encompassing technical and financial aspects, each step underscores our commitment to advancing digital education and empowerment. With coffee breaks fueling our discussions and finance and management issues addressed with precision, our collaboration with partners from across Europe is poised to make a lasting impact in shaping the future of education. Through some photos, you can see the true commitment and hard work put forth by our team!


We are excited to share the latest publication on The Sustainable Development Goals: How to Accelerate Their Development in North Macedonia and Leave No One Behind, on which our team members Veli Kreci and Fortesa Asani addressed the SDG10 on Reducing inequality within and among countries. The article gives an overall situational analysis of SDG10 in North Macedonia, by arguing that to accelerate its achievement and reduce inequalities what matters is social progress, and concludes by giving some policy recommendations, and guidelines for tackling inequalities through the principle of Leaving No One Behind.

The publication was developed by UNDP MK in partnership with the Институт за човекови права ИЧП / Institute for Human Rights IHR.



"In North Macedonia, the narratives on migration are predominantly shaped by media outlets, which are heavily influenced by political representatives."

Contextual Analysis 2023 has been published as an outcome of the E-Mindful project ( with the financial support of the European Union. We congratulate all authors for this great analysis that comes at the right time. The project:

For the full report follow the link


Our student Leda Shaqiri successfully defended her master thesis "A Learning-based Air Quality Visualization and Prediction Tool for the city of Tetova" at South East European University (SEEU) on December 20, 2023. The examination committee announced its unanimous verdict same day, saying that she had passed successfully.

Leda's work was carried out at Max van der Stoel Institute (DSG group) as part of the project “Assessing the Nexus Between Air Pollution and Human Mobility in the City of Tetova" ( supported by the University of Birmingham. The goal of the thesis was to to understand and visualize how air pollution is distributed geographically in four districts of Tetova using low-cost sensors, and build a machine learning model to predict air pollution. The IoT platform we based upon the idea of "crowdsourcing" where citizens collect and contribute air pollution data obtained from low-cost sensors.

We join together to extend our warmest congratulations to Leda for the successful defense of her master's thesis! Good luck Leda !


📣 We are attending today the 19th International Conference 'Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights: Finding the Right Balance Between Innovation and Responsibility' organized by Metamorphosis Foundation and Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub


Today, we're at Europe House Skopje participating in the Widening Participation and ERA HORIZON Europe Info Day. NCP_WIDERA.NET

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 21/11/2023

Project UnInLeCo Update! Virtual Meeting Recap - Nov 20, 2023

📌Exciting discussions at our 8th UnInLeCo virtual meeting! Highlights include progress updates, field book guidelines, podcast plans, and more. Updated action points showcase our dedication to project goals, ensuring seamless alignment and effective documentation.
📌Furthermore, discussions on evaluation methods and quality management reinforce our commitment to impactful, high-standard initiatives.
📢Stay tuned for more updates as we bridge educational gaps and make a positive impact!



Happy 22nd anniversary to South East European University (SEEU) ! Celebrating a legacy of quality education, excellent achievements, and continuous growth !


Today as part of our weekly meetings, the Fulbright research scholar Daniel Nyamangah, gave a presentation about his research and projects. Dan comes from San Diego, California in the United States and is currently based at the South East European University (SEEU).

His work explores how potential co-created solutions can be achieved through inclusion and collaboration of and between various communities. In doing so, he will employ Participatory Action Research as a methodology to involve individuals encountering issues that are sought to be resolved. He will be working with diverse participants from primary school, secondary school, and university students and staff, as well as civil society organizations and public officials.

Dan coaches rugby to children from the Poroj village in his leisure time. Good luck Dan !

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 03/11/2023

SEEU Participation at Girls Go STEM Project in Ankara, Turkey

Don't miss out on the incredible moments from our university's participation in the Girls Go STEM project in Ankara, Turkey. Our dedicated team is making waves in the world of STEM education. This initiative is empowering young girls to explore the world of STEM and unleash their full potential. Stay tuned for more updates and insights from the event!


In Skopje today, the MVDSI team is participating in the Inception workshop dedicated to the project "Climate Proofing for Sustainable Development in the Western Balkans." This event, organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) is centered on enhancing the information and knowledge resources related to climate change. It places a specific focus on the tools and adaptation strategies necessary for this purpose.



Max van der Stoel Institute joined “Media Literacy Days” celebration by participating in the experts’ panel discussion titled “Building Social Resilience to the Adverse Effects of Disinformation” organized by the Metamorphosis Foundation, which took place on October 24th in Skopje, North Macedonia. The occasion was made possible through the generous support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands as part of the Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation project.

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We are part of the experts' panel discussion "Building Social Resilience to the Adverse Effects of Disinformation" in the framework of the conference "Media Literacy in Digital Spaces" organized by Metamorphosis Foundation Western Balkans Anti-Disinformation Hub Македонски институт за медиуми - МИМ / Macedonian Institute for Media - MIM Media Literacy Project YouThink on the first day of Media Literacy Days 24-31 October 2023.


SEEU Welcomes two new researchers !

SEEU maintains its course in providing competitive opportunities for young researchers and scholars by making brain gain possible. Recently two of our alumni, Lejla Ademi, The McCall MacBain Clean Air Fellow from the University of Birmingham, and Fortesa Asani, Chevening Scholar from London School of Economics and Political Science, joined the Max van der Stoel Institute ( in addition to our esteemed colleague Prof. Mennan Selimi, University of Cambridge Post Doctoral Fellow, who had joined us in recent years. SEEU is committed to building highly competitive research staff by further investing in human resource capacity. We strongly believe that academia should heavily focus on brain gain which likely will generate high human capital gain. SEEU management demonstrates the full ability to keep its course until it further reaches its full growth.

“Coming from a city with severe air pollution, I was always eager to acquire the necessary training to combat the issue. Therefore, I am immensely thankful to the McCall MacBain Clean Air Fellowship for granting me the golden opportunity to pursue my studies in Air Pollution, Management and Control, at the University of Birmingham,” Ms. Ademi said. “Joining the Environment and Health research group (EHG) of Max van der Stoel Institute in Tetovo, the sole research group addressing environmental concerns in the city, offers a unique opportunity to pursue my passion and work in addressing the air pollution in my hometown.”
Ms. Asani pointed out that “Improving people's lives and enhancing their welfare and well-being was my primary motivation to pursue a master's in Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Coming back to my country and, in particular joining the Max van der Stoel Institute as a leading research hub within the South East European University, will give me the opportunity to research and design policies that will make a real impact in society.”
British Embassy Skopje Chevening Awards (FCDO) Clean Air Fund

Photos from Max van der Stoel Institute's post 12/10/2023

MAGNET PROJECT - Professional Development Session

The Language Center at South East European University organized a profound professional development seminar on Global Learning in EFL Classrooms in line with the objectives of the MAGNET project, which focuses on the creation of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CLT). The goal of this seminar was to enhance the expertise of educators in the field of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) instruction. The session, which concentrated on the intentional integration of global learning, was a resounding success and marked another milestone in our commitment to fostering globally competent students and responsible global citizens.

The seminar, facilitated by the esteemed external expert Vesna Dimitrievska, who hails from Indiana University, provided educators with a unique opportunity to explore innovative approaches to EFL instruction. Ms. Dimitrievska's wealth of experience and valuable insights into global learning strategies ensured that participants gained helpful knowledge and skills.

Global learning, the core theme of the session, delved into the significance of developing global competencies among students. The event emphasized the critical role that educators play in preparing students to navigate an increasingly interconnected world. Through collaborative discussions and practical demonstrations, attendees learned how to intentionally infuse global perspectives into their teaching methodologies. The ultimate goal is to empower students to become informed, empathetic, and active global citizens who are well-equipped to make meaningful contributions to our ever-changing global society.

Key takeaways from the seminar include:

📌Strategies for integrating global content into EFL curricula.
📌Tools and resources to foster cross-cultural understanding in the classroom.
📌Effective approaches for promoting critical thinking, empathy, and cultural sensitivity.
📌Practical techniques for assessing and measuring global learning outcomes.

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