The University of New York Tirana conferred its first honorary degree to Claus Offe for his work in social science.
The Senate of the University of New York Tirana conferred its first honorary degree Doctor Honoris Causa to Professor Claus Offe. The Minister of Education and Sports Lindita Nikolla delivered the grant speech. The ceremony took place at the National Historical Museum UNESCO Hall on November 30.
The Senate reasoned that Claus Offe is "one of the most prominent modern theorists in social science, one of the most-referenced author of books in political sociology, and a fellow of the Albanian Academy of Arts and Science."
Claus Offe was Professor of Political Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance until 2015. He completed his PhD at the University of Frankfurt and his Habilitation at the University of Konstanz. In Germany, he has held chairs for Political Science and Political Sociology at the Universities of Bielefeld (1975-1989) and Bremen (1989-1995), as well as at the Humboldt-University of Berlin (1995-2005). The University of New York Tirana is the first private university of Albania. It was founded in 2002 and offers Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral degrees, as well as a dual degree with the State University of New York's Empire State College.