Higher Education in Slovenia
Higher education and thus related scientific research are at the very center of development ambitions of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenia aspires to high-quality and diverse higher education responding to the needs and expectations of society, and generating a large number of motivated and innovative experts with diverse knowledge and high ethical standards. The fundamental objectives of Slovenian higher education area include quality, excellence, diversity and accessibility. Quality enables everyone to obtain internationally comparable and recognised higher educational qualifications, and thus better employment possibilities and mobility in Europe and the world. The social dimension is also important in this sense, which enables broad access to higher education and provides conditions for successful completion of studies.
Higher education institutions in Slovenia include universities, faculties, art academies and independent higher education institutions. These promote the development of science, expertise and art, and integrate findings from scientific, expert, research and artistic fields into the education process. Faculties, art academies and higher education institutions may be established as independent higher education institutions outside universities. It is of key importance for the transfer of knowledge that universities and independent higher education institutions cooperate with one another and integrate with research institutions, and the business and non-business sectors. Higher education institutions monitor the needs for knowledge and employment needs in the environment. They provide information on employment possibilities in fields compliant with graduates’ competencies or their learning outcomes.
In addition to public universities and independent higher education institutions, there are also private institutions that determine their mission autonomously. Their operations are regulated by the same legal framework as those of public higher education institutions, which provides comparable quality standards and operating possibilities for both types of institutions.