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KAEF Program Receives Support from Meridian Express

June 20, 2023

KAEF Meridian signing

American Councils for International Education is grateful to announce the signing of a new partnership between the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) and Meridian Express. In a sign of a joint commitment to advancing the development of Kosova through education, Meridian Express and the Kosovo American Education Fund (KAEF) have solidified their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement pledges financial support of EUR 25,000 to KAEF over the next five years.  

Mr. Agon Gashi, CEO of Meridian Express and SPAR Kosova, and Mr. Gjeni Shporta, American Councils for International Education Kosova Country Director, were the signatories of this MoU in a ceremony held at the Meridian Express Offices. 

“By investing in education, we are investing in a brighter future where our society is driven by innovation and sustainable development,” Mr. Gashi said.  “Education is not only the foundation of personal growth and development but also the catalyst for economic and professional development.” 

Established in 2012, Meridian Express operates a network of neighborhood stores across eight major cities in Kosova. The company's vision emphasizes customer service and a commitment to social responsibility. This commitment is an integral part of Meridian Express' heritage and reflects the core values of the founding family, renowned for its solidarity and communal support. Through its contribution, Meridian Express will support KAEF in its mission to stimulate economic and democratic growth in Kosova by investing in the education of its people. Meridian Express’ pledge underscores the importance of collaborative efforts between the private sector and educational programs in driving positive societal change and development. 

American Councils and the Kosovo American Education Fund are grateful for Meridian Express’s commitment to building economic prosperity and democracy in Kosova through education.  

Since 2004, the Kosovo American Education Fund has provided graduate Fellowships for master’s level study at leading U.S. universities to empower the future leaders of Kosova with the knowledge and tools needed to promote the country’s economic development. After returning to Kosova, KAEF alumni have served as government ministers, ambassadors, advisers, directors, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and civil society activists. Alumni have managed development projects valued at over $88 million and launched numerous successful new businesses.  

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