WOOD INDUSTRY ENTERPRISES IN ALBANIA AND THEIR COOPERATION WITH THE WOOD INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT IN FOREST SCIENCE FACULTY
Nowadays in Albania there are about 300 small and medium enterprises and companies operating in the field of wood industry. These enterprises deal with the production of furniture using wood panels and also with the production of gross details for chairs and wooden stairs using Albanian beech wood. Part of this production is consumed by national necessities and the other part is used for export. These enterprises employ about 4000 workers and 50 wood processing engineers, all of them graduated in our Faculty. Today, the consumers’ demands for high quality furniture lead on technological improvements. This new situation has brought on the necessity of collaboration with the specialist from our wood industry department. Because of our bachelor teaching program, our students take practice hours in these enterprises, not only getting work experience but also creating relationships for their future employment. Besides that, the faculty has implemented the part time system education, which is considered a great opportunity for wood industry workers to get specialized education in the field of wood processing.