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Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës

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Flag of UAMD - Image by Ivan Sache, 6 June 2018

Aleksandër Moisiu University of Durrës (Universiteti "Aleksandër Moisiu" Durrës - UAMD; website), established on 25 December 2005, is composed of two Faculties: Business and Integrated Studies with Practice.
UAMD is named for the stage actor Aleksandër Moisiu (1879-9135), aka Alessandro Moissi (Italian) or Alexander Moissi (German).

Born in Trieste from an Albanian father and an Arbëresh mother, Moisiu went to elementary school in Durrës, being taught in Greek and Albanian, and was subsequently taught in Trieste and Graz, in Italian and German, respectively. His actor's career started in 1900 in Vienna and 1901 in Prague. Moisiu moved in 1903 to Berlin, where he was hired by Max Reinhardt. On 20 November 1906, he played Moritz Steifel in the première of Wedekind's Frühlings Erwachten, a "scandalous" play that introduced him to the general public. From 1905 to 1918, Moisiu was Reinhardt's flag actor. His most famous roles were Orestes in Elektra and Jedermann in the play of the same name, two emblematic, neo-romantic plays by Hugo van Hoffmanstahl. Moisiu also played main roles in works by Strindberg, Schnitzler, Pirandello, Shaw, Shakespeare, and Tolstoi. Granted the German citizenship in 1914, Moisiu served in the Air Force during the First World War. He subsequently toured with Reinhardt or his own company in Soviet Union, where he met Stanislavski, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Paris, London, New York, and South America.
Accused of "Levantine style not compliant with the German traditions" and of alleged Jewish origin, Moisiu left Germany in 1933 for Italy, where he founded a company with Wanda Capodaglio. Refusing to become the emblematic actor of Mussolini's regime, Moisiu could not obtain the Italian citizenship and was rejected by nationalist critics.
Moisiu starred in a few movies, including B. Foy's Die Königloge (1929), the first fully German-spoken movie.
[E. Lenzi. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani - Volume 75 (2011)]

The flag of UAMD (photo, photos, photo) is white with the university's emblem. On the emblem, the columns recalls the Byzantine forum of Dyrrachium.
Excavations a decade ago in the center of the city of Durrës (ancient Dyrrachium) revealed an extensive complex of concentric structures of the Late Roman and Early Byzantine eras. Initially identified as a market complex (macellum) of a type known in numerous Roman cities, it also became apparent that the circular paved area 40 m diameter within a colonnade at the center represented a space intended for more formal activities and was most likely a Forum comparable with the Curved Forum at Constantinople. A central focus of the area was a rotunda c.5.75 m diameter that may have supported monumental statuary or possible a column. In 2001 a record was made of the architectural remains and in 2004 and 2005 two unfinished trenches adjacent to the Rotunda were enlarged and completed. The dating evidence recovered from beneath the level of the Forum paving indicated a construction date around the end of the sixth century, making it likely that it was one of the embellishments conferred on his native city by the emperor Anastasius (491-518).
[A. Hoti, J. Wilkes, E. Metalla, B. Shkodra. 2008. The early Byzantine circular forum in Dyrrachium (Durrës, Albania) in 2002 and 2004–2005: Recent recording and excavation.Annual of the British School of Athens 103, 367-397]

Ivan Sache, 6 June 2018


Epoka University

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Flag of Epoka University - Image by Ivan Sache, 19 October 2017

Epoka University (website) was formally established on 22 August 2012 by Decision No. 553 of the Council of Ministers, succeeding the Epoka Institution of Higher Education, which had been inaugurated in 2007 and accredited in 2011 by the Ministry of Education and Sciences.
Epoka University is composed of the Faculty of Economic and Administrative Science and of the Faculty of Architecture and Engineering.

The flag of Epoka University (photo, photo) is white with the university's emblem in the center.

Ivan Sache, 19 October 2017