Epoka University

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Professional Master in Business Administration (EPOKA University)

Executive Master in Management (EADA Business School)

About the program:

The Epoka University and EADA Business School offer in Tirana and Barcelona an Executive Education for the Albania, based on the tradition and the internationally certified quality of EADA Business School, accredited by the best international institutions (EQUIS, AMBA, CFA) and recognized and ranked by prestigious international surveys and reports (Financial Times, The Economist).

The program covers the needs of current executives working in various areas, leading their teams to identify and face the challenges to be encountered, as well as take advantage of the national, regional and global opportunities.

About EADA:

Founded in 1957, EADA was one of the first Spanish institutions to provide training programmes that specifically targeted the business world. For over 50 years EADA has been in the frontline of manager training and in-company training programmes for the business community. Over 120,000 participants from over 40 countries have entrusted their training to EADA, which in itself goes to show that EADA is one of Europe’s most innovative and prestigious business schools.

Fall Semester
Code Course Lecturer ECTS
BUS501 RESEARCH METHODS Dr. Urmat Ryskulov    6
BUS513 STRATEGIC MARKETING By EADA`s Staff / held in Tirana    8
BUS515 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT To be proposed    8
Spring Semester
Code Course Lecturer ECTS
BUS518 MICRO THESIS Supervisors    9
BUS509 LEADERSHIP By EADA`s Staff / held in Barcelona    7
Total Credits Required in Degree Program is 60 ECTS Credits


BUS 501 – Research Methods

Developing an understanding of the research design process; investigating the alternative and complementary methods in constructing effective research projects; providing the participants with the necessary background, skills and experiential knowledge in designing, applying, interpreting and presenting research studies.

BUS 503- Advanced organizational behavior:

This course defines organizations as work settings. It is focused on the linkage between the individual, the group, and the whole organization. Specifically, the course describes the value of the correlation between work and family, individuals and teams, organizations and society in the quest of future prosperity. The course is designed to help students to learn concepts, strategies, and techniques in order to understand the human behavior within organizations, with particular emphasis on individuals’ characteristics (personality, values and attitudes, perception and decision making), group dynamics (group formation and development, group cohesiveness and employee engagement, decision making and conformity) and organizational processes (change and design, communication and leadership, power and politics, etc). The classical theoretical part is integrated with the practical one. Experiential exercises provide opportunities for applying theory and process beyond basic principles. Case studies, simulations, role playing and organizational development exercises similar to those in training and development programs in both corporate and nonprofit organizations are utilized in the course.

BUS 509- Leadership:

This module will focus on formulating an action plan related to participants’ competency profile and the competencies they chose to focus on during the program. This course presents the theory of leadership and how it is applicable on our everyday living environment. It describes different leadership approaches that make the correlation between theories and practice more efficient through new research findings, figures and tables, and everyday applications of many leadership topics including leader–member exchange theory, transformational and authentic leadership, team leadership, the labyrinth of women’s leadership, and historical definitions of leadership.

BUS 502- Strategy and Management:

To succeed in the future, managers must develop the necessary resources and capabilities to gain a sustainable competitive advantage and consonance in traditional and emerging markets. The way in which organizations attempt to develop such competitive advantage and consonance constitutes the essence of their strategy. Therefore, this course is designed to learn the fundamentals of how to manage organizations strategically. It introduces the concept of strategic management through readings, discussion and case analyses, and considers the basic direction and goals of an organization, the environment (social, political, technological, economic and global factors), industry and market structure, and organizational strengths and weaknesses. The emphasis is on the development and successful implementation of strategy in different types of firms across industries. Strategic management of organizations is a complex undertaking which starts with the central question: why are some firms more profitable than others? The course will require students to examine this question by integrating knowledge from prior business courses, while simultaneously learning and applying new strategic management concepts, principles, frameworks and methodologies. The course intent is to sharpen students’ ability to think critically and logically, and to help them learn to diagnose situations from a strategic and systemic perspective.

BUS 515- Operations management:

Operations management involves the integration of numerous activities and processes to produce products and services in a highly competitive global environment. Many companies have experienced a decline in market share as a result of their inability to compete on the basis of product design, cost or quality. Most now agree that world class performance in operations, i.e., in product design, manufacturing, engineering and distribution, is essential for competitive success and long term survival. This course considers the operations from a managerial perspective. Key performance measures of operations (productivity, quality and response time) as well as important concepts for improving the performance of operations along these dimensions will be considered. At the end of the course students will have a fair understanding of the role Operations Management plays in business processes.

BUS 513- Strategic marketing:

Strategic Marketing provides the managerial focus for key decisions regarding how a company will interface with customers and key marketing stakeholders. The course is looks at this question from two perspectives. Firstly, how competitive advantage can be translated into specific value propositions and products or services that are customer relevant, unique and differentiated. We will learn how to define a market differentiation in order to deliver distinctive selling proposition to customers. Secondly, from the perspective of market segmentation, targeting and positioning (S-T-P). Participants will explore the criteria for segmenting markets, for assessing the relative attractiveness of segments and the process of determining how to position a value proposition towards particular segments.

BUS 508- Financial statements analysis for managerial staff:

Financial statements analysis for managerial staff is a course which aims to analyze and interpret financial statements from the view points of common stock holders, creditors and others, explain the interaction among the financial statements and ratios. This class includes topics of vertical and horizontal analyses, financial ratio analysis, and trend analysis and balance scorecard. Once students have the acquired knowledge the financial statement analysis they will have to prepare presentation and case studies. At the end, students will be able to analyze and interpret financial statements according to relevant information needed for equity analysis and credit analysis.

BUS 526- Branding and brand management:

Consumer branding is the focal point of all businesses, domestic and global. Challenges in developing effective consumer brands must be integrated with the company’s short and long-term strategic and operational plans. One of the major goals is to identify branding issues in depth, experienced by marketing firms. Topics included are challenges and changes in marketing branding strategies that worked yesterday but likely will not fit tomorrow’s customer, managing the distribution channel to build brand equity, developing effective communication strategies in a digital environment, establishing effective global brands by region, issues-attributes-challenges in building domestic and global customer relationships.

Who does teach in the joint programme?

  • EADA Business School Faculty members: Mr. Antony Poole, others coming soon…
  • Epoka University, Assistant Professors: Mustafa Üç, Urmat Ryskulov, Xhimi Hysa,  Vusal Gambarov.

Mr. Antony Poole graduated from Birmingham University (UK) with an Honours Degree in International Studies. He has professional qualifications in Education, Professional Development and Organisational Development and has graduated from both levels of Omnicom University’s Senior Management Program at Babson College in Boston. In 2007, he completed the Advanced Management Program (PDD) at IESE. Antony began his career in Barcelona with a major European financial group in the area of professional and organisational development. He joined BBDO North America (Toronto) in 1999 and from 2000 to 2009 was the Managing Director of BBDO University Worldwide. In late 2009, Antony began his own business specializing in education and consultancy in the areas of branding, brand communication and creativity and organisational change. Past and present clients include Adelphi Group, Bayer, Frito-Lay/Pepsico, Gulf Bank, IKEA, KAO Corporation, La Caixa, Mars, Pacific Group, Roche Pharmaceutical, Sara Lee, and Wrigley.

Dr. Mustafa Üç is Head of Business Administration Department in Epoka University. He completed a PhD in Business Administration at the Afyon Kocatepe University Turkey in 2009, and prior to that was a Research Fellow at the University of Bremen, Germany (through the Erasmus program). Courses he has taught in the past two years are Introduction Business, Financial Accounting at undergraduate level, and graduate level Managerial Accounting and Financial Statement Analysis.  Research interests include International Business, Accounting Theory, Accounting Education and Auditing.

Dr. Urmat Ryskulov holds a Master in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Finance and Banking. He is currently a professor and head of the Banking-Finance department at Epoka University. His research and teaching is mainly focused on areas such as corruption, corporate finance, financial management and other topics related with finance. Dr. Ryskulov is author of numerous peer review articles, published in highly indexed journals such as Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, IBSU Journal, Intellect, and Journal of Intercultural Communications. He has also supervised master students in writing their thesis.

Dr. Vusal Gambarov holds a Master Degree in Production and Marketing Management, and a Ph. D. in Marketing (Marmara University). He is currently the Coordinator of International Marketing and Logistics Management Program at Epoka University.  Dr. Gambarov has been working in many industries.  He worked as export manager at Firat Plastik (Turkey); brand manager at Azersun Holding (Leading FMCG company of Azerbaijan and strategic partner of Unilever); Client Service Manage at Brandbox Azertising (Delta Group; Strategic Partner of Frontera). Dr. Gambarov currently is Director of Continuing Education Center at Epoka University.

Dr. Xhimi Hysa is Assistant Professor of Management, Organizational Behavior, and Leadership at Epoka University. He is also teaching Leadership as external lecturer in the Department of Management at University of Tirana. Dr. Hysa has a Bachelor, a Master of Science, and a PhD from Sapienza University of Rome in which he has previously worked as research and teaching assistant and as a course instructor in Management. He has worked also as a research and teaching assistant of Corporate Strategy at University LUISS Guido Carli. In addition, he is specialized in the management of European Projects. His research interests include: systems thinking applied to management, leadership and sustainability, service science, group cohesiveness and conformity. Dr. Hysa has participated in important forums and conferences such as The Naples Forum on Service, Sinergie, etc. He has also published in important journals like Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences. His academic background is intertwined as well with the professional practice. Dr. Hysa is a business consulter for several organizations, among others the BNT Electronics (exclusive representative for Albanian Region of Toshiba and Fujitsu Computers), DINAMO Sh.A, NT Ciri, etc. Actually he is an active member of The Center for Global Enterprise (Global Scholars Program), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Research on Viable Systems (ASVSA), Meditation Society of Australia, Strategic Therapy Center, and Italian Association for Sustainability Science (IASS). Recently, Dr. Hysa together with a team of Epoka’s University researchers is leading the initiative of creating a sustainability center (i.e. Epoka Center on Service Systems Sustainability – ECOSSS).

Program profile:

Language: English TOEFL > 65

Professional experience: 2 years working experience
Educational requirements: Bachelors’ degree
Tuition fee:  5000 €. Excluding the costs of travel and accommodation at Collbató, Barcelona.

  • November 2015– Start of the programme
  • February 2016 – EADA’s fall elective, at EPOKA, Tirana
  • June 27 – July 2, 2016– EADA’s spring elective at EADA, Barcelona.
  • August 2016– End of the programme.

Concepts included in the Residential module at Collbató, Barcelona between June 27 – July 2, 2016:

  • Transfers to/from campus, and to/from visits.
  • Full board and accommodation.
  • All teaching materials).

It does not include:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation if participants decide to stay longer in Barcelona city centre.
  • Meals and other trip expenses while they’re not in the campus.

Strategy Marketing course Schedule to be held at EPOKA, Tirana during February 2016 by EADA`s staff:

17:00- 21:00 09:00-13:00 and 14:00-19:00
Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Class Session Class Session Class Session Class Session
Class Session Class Session Class Session Class Session and Final Exam

Leadership Course Schedule to be held at EADA, Barcelona, during June 27 – July 2, 2016:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
09:00- 13:00
Trasfer, Welcome and Course Introduction Company Visit Class Session Company Visit/Cultural Visit Class Session Class Session
15:00- 19:00
Class Session Class Session Class Session Class Session Class Session Transfer

Application Documents

In order for the admission process to take place, all candidates, after completing the online application for the graduate programs, are required to submit the following documents to the Student Selection and Admission Office:

  • A notarized copy of the undergraduate diploma (or an original document attesting the graduation) (If not in Albanian and English Languages, a notarized Albanian and English translation is required)
  • An official transcript of the undergraduate studies (If not in Albanian and English Languages, a notarized Albanian and English translation is required)
  • If the candidate has graduated from an institution outside Albania, a notarized copy of the convalidation of the undergraduate studies diploma (A notarized English translation is required)
  • English Certificate: English TOEFL > 65
  • Curriculum Vitae CV
  • A copy of the identity document (for international students notarized copy of passport)
  • Two reference letters
  • Working attestation (2 years working experience)


  • Oltion Kola

    Rating: 5 / 5

    One of the best universities in Albania. Education is given in English language. It has a relatively huge campus and is located near airport of Tirana nearly 15 km from the center of the city. I have had great experience in this educational institution. I suggest strongly this university as good choice for every high school student who aspire to frequent an university in English language in his hometown.

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