Alumni: Ardian Hasanaj – RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) class of 2009
June 3, 2016
Ardian Hasanaj graduated from RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) in 2009 as an honors student, with concentrations in Management and Entrepreneurship, and with a minor in Public Policy. After finishing his first year of studies, Ardian completed an internship at the Kosovo Parliament. During this internship, he was offered a job from one of the leading marketing communications agencies in the country. Outside the academic realm, while attending the New Venture Development class during his sophomore year, together with a friend, Ardian established his own business. During his studies Ardian and his friends organized a concert to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina survivors, the art exhibition and auction where they raised around $5,000 for RIT’s Scholarship Fund. In addition, the basketball tournaments organized, and the sleepless nights designing the yearbook have all have helped Ardian become who he is today. After graduating in 2009, Mr. Hasanaj worked as a Consultant for a World Bank funded project, as Communications, Performance and Research Manager for the then-largest USAID entrepreneurship program in Kosovo. Today he works as Head of Mission of Caritas Luxembourg Representation Office in Kosovo. This past month, Ardian achieved another major milestone—admission, with a Dean’s Scholarship, to the Global MBA program at the Johns Hopkins University.
Regarding his experience at RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K), Ardian states: “RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) has taught us not to blame the dark but rather to light the candle. It has instilled in all of us strong ethical, team-work and leadership values. I firmly believe that RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) as an institution and we as individuals are contributing in a significant way to the development of Kosovo’s society and beyond.” Ardian says that RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) provides top quality education and experiences. He continues: “And, it’s not only the technical part of it—the accounting, finance and marketing classes. It’s also about the general educational experience, internships and friendships that RIT Kosovo offers.” He also states that “the RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) internship/Co-Op program is excellent—second to none. The first internship experience marked the beginning of a successful route that helped me land high profile positions. We have now gone global, and RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) was the first to open our gates to the larger world.”
Ardian credits his American mentor, Maury Lieberman, who often says “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” By this expression Ardian “encourages all RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) students and recent graduates to dare to fail, learn from failures, try again, and be curious!” He continues: “By the way, find a good, experienced mentor, too. Mentors are good motivators. They provide experience beyond our years and insights beyond our understandings—just like Maury did when he guided me in my undertaking to pursue master’s studies in the U.S.”
Ardian remains strongly connected to the RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) community and is presently the outgoing President of the Alumni Association. Ardian says “It has been a privilege for me to serve RIT Kosovo™ (A.U.K) graduates as president of the Alumni Association.”