Interview with Lumnije Kqiku – Biblekaj, MD, DDS, Ph.D
Dr. Lumnije Kqiku- Biblekaj: The work of the Kosova College of Surgeons is related to the development of the health sector
In an interview for the Kosova College of Surgeons, Prof. Dr. Lumnije Kqiku-Biblekaj, Vice President of the Austrian Dental Traumatology, among other things, expresses her willingness to always contribute to her country of origin, in whatever form and manner is required by the state of the Republic of Kosova.
She also pointed out: I hope that the extraordinary work that the Kosova College of Surgeons is doing, we will continue it together with others, since all the activities and initiatives are related to the development of the health sector, for the best possible conditions and services for the citizens . We are making maximum efforts to be closer to the latest European developments related to the health sector, and we are doing our best to successfully carry out many missions and presentations that really go in favor of the state of Kosova.
In an interview for the Kosova College of Surgeons, she expressed her willingness to always contribute to her country of origin, in whatever form and manner is required by the state of the Republic of Kosova!
-The Kosova College of Surgeons is preparing for the next Congress. Since you were part of the last Congress, and you will also participate in the Third Congress of the College of Surgeons of Kosovo, which will be held this year on October 12-15, how do you evaluate the development of the Second Clinical Congress of the KCS?
Lumnije Kqiku-Biblekaj: The Second Clinical Congress was very successful, holding international and local lectures with well-known lecturers for world surgery as well as professional workshops, with which the Kosova College of Surgeons proved that every day is determined to achieve the goals determined!
With these presentations, we are managing to discover and support new cadres who have world-class scientific capacities and knowledge. We are a good team of researchers of different profiles from where we are giving our best, just to appear serious and organized in front of others.
-What do you suggest to be different in the Third Clinical Congress of the Kosova College of Surgeons?
Dr. Kqiku-Biblekaj: In addition to the international lecturers, more attention should be paid to the local lecturers as well as the founding members of the College, and with this we express gratitude for their endless work and dedication. Also, the participants as a whole should be more present during the presentations in the place where it is presented and not elsewhere!
It is useful to create an archive from these symposia and presentations which will serve us as an agenda for the next congresses. Congresses should show our commitment and the seriousness of each participant. Do not forget that these congresses produce papers with exceptional references on all levels.
-Since the purpose of the College of Surgeons is to gather world surgeons close to themselves, and especially of the Albanian diaspora, how much do you think Albanian surgeons are aware of the mission and activities of the KCS?
Dr. Kqiku-Biblekaj: Surgeons and other colleagues in the diaspora are aware of the mission and activities of the Kosova College of Surgeons, and are ready to cooperate! They have proven this by accepting being a member of the Kosova College of Surgeons as well as the Committee for International Relations.
However, it is up to the experts to volunteer to contribute so that they too can be part of our ship which is sailing correctly and with acceptable results.
Also, the other non-Albanian surgeons, in this case the Austrians, are very aware of our mission, which has been reported several times in the Austrian media, even with the placement of the link of the Kosova College of Surgeons, on the Top News page of one of the most prestigious Universities in Europe, such as the Medical University of Graz!
-Albanian surgeons have achieved many successes in science and in their work in different countries of the world. However, their engagement in the country of origin remains insufficient. How do you think they can engage and contribute more in Kosova?
Dr. Kqiku-Biblekaj: All this is achieved through their personal interest in helping Kosova. Also, through the leadership of the College, namely the Committee for International Relations, through organizational forms, such as: seeking and supporting their help in the development and continuous training of local staff, where necessary, the organization of international conferences, and with the networking of surgeons of the diaspora and their awareness for mutual cooperation, will achieve the elevation of the scientific academic and clinical level.
-The Kosova College of Surgeons is based on the continuous education of specialists of various surgical disciplines, as well as surgical residents and students, through courses, workshops and committees. How much are you willing to contribute in this direction?
Dr. Kqiku-Biblekaj: I am always ready to contribute to my country, in any form and manner required by my country! I have proven this with my engagement in the cabinet of the Minister of Health, Prof. Dr. Rifat Latifi, as an external advisor as well as by accepting the position as Vice President of the Kosova College of Surgeons, and President of the Committee for International Relations.
I hope that the extraordinary work being done by the College led by Prof. Dr. Rfat Latif, will be continued by all of us together, as it all has to do with the development of the health sector and the best possible conditions and services for the citizens!
However, in order to achieve these goals and objectives, we need even more powerful support from Kosova’s institutions, which have a moral obligation to support the knowledge and brains of the diaspora, which, as in this case, is showing itself ready and willing to move things forward on the professional and scientific level.
The Profile of Prof. Dr. Lumnije Kqiku-Biblekaj:
Dr. Luminje Kqiku-Biblekaj, MD, DDS, PhD, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dentistry, at the University of Pristina in 1998. In 1999, she was placed in the Dental Clinic of the University of Graz as a senior scientific researcher. Dr. Kqiku completed the specialization in Dental Diseases with Endodontics and the sub-specialization in the field of Dental Traumatology.
In 2004, she nostrified her diploma at the Medical University of Graz (Austria), where she also defended her master’s degree to complete her doctorate in 2006. In 2007, she was on a study visit as a senior scientific researcher at the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Zagreb and in 2010 at the Medical University of Tübingen, Germany.
She is a senior lecturer for students of General Medicine, Dentistry, and postgraduate studies. Since 2012, she’s been the Head of the Special Clinic of Endodontics and Dental Traumatology, Vice Dean for Doctoral Studies in the Dentistry section as well as coordinator for CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies).
She is the first woman from Kosova and Albania who in 2011 entered the most prestigious encyclopedic book in the world “Who’s Who in the World”, book that publishes the biographies of people who stand out for their achievements and extraordinary careers. Since 2018, she held the academic position of Univ. Doz. Dr.med.dent at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.
Dr. Kqiku has received many research awards and has been invited to many countries where she has held numerous “keynote” lectures and served as an expert in dental traumatology.
She is the author and co-author of numerous professional and scientific works. Actively participated in international and local congresses. She is a member of many local and international dental associations, as well as a reviewer of many scientific journals.
Also, she is the Vice President of the Austrian Dental Traumatology, Vice-President of the Kosova College of Surgeons for Europe, President of the Committee for International Relations, as well as the recipient of the “Honorary personality with gold medal” award from the city of Graz, Austria, for scientific achievements.