The University of Ljubljana is among the largest universities in Europe going by the number of students and it represents a medium-sized educational institution in terms of the number of employees. The University of Ljubljana possesses a rich tradition. Approximately 4000 higher education teachers are employed in the 23 faculties and 3 arts academies. The university was founded in 1919 on the basis of centuries of educational tradition, remaining the only Slovenina university for half a century. The University is based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. Students account for more than one-seventh of the population, giving the city a youthful and lively character.
The University of Maribor was established in 1975. The University of Maribor is a broad-based institution committed to excellence in education, the extension of knowledge through basic, advanced, and applied world-quality research, and creative and artistic expression. It comprises 17 faculties, 1 administrative unit-Rectorat, University library, Student Dormitories, The Residence Hall for Postgraduate Students and Visiting Professors, Sport center Leon Štukelj, TehnoCenter LtD, The Business Incubator of the University of Maribor, The Scientific Park of the University of Maribor, The Center for Interdisciplinary, Multidisciplinary Research and Studies, Uni Servis LtD.
The University of Nova Gorica aims to be an independent, research oriented and student friendly university, where knowledge is formed within a harmonious relationship between students and researchers, so that the knowledge can be transferred to younger generations and into business environment. A predecessor of the University of Nova Gorica was the Faculty of Environmental Sciences – the first international postgraduate school in Slovenia. The Faculty was founded in 1995. The founders of the Faculty were the Municipality of Nova Gorica and the "Jožef Stefan" Institute from Ljubljana.
The University of Primorska strives to become a centre of excellence in knowledge formation and transmission, it aims for equal and partner cooperation in enriching academic and social sphere of the Mediterranean and beyond.
The Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI University) is an international university based in Slovenia. It represents one of the six priority areas of the Union for the Mediterranean, which were confirmed within the common declaration, adopted in Paris, on 13 July 2008.
EMUNI University significantly contributes to harmonization of higher education and research area and encourages the development of a wider social-economic and cultural environment in EUROMED countries as well as the recognition of Slovenia in the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Slovenia is a part of mobility programmes in various field of education, training and youth.
International co-operation in education and higher education is conducted under the umbrella of multilateral co-operation with the European Union, Council of Europe, OECD, UNESCO as well as regional and bilateral co-operation. The priorities of co-operation include the Bologna process, and international exchange of students and teachers in higher education.
The European Commission has integrated its various educational and training initiatives under a single umbrella, the Lifelong Learning Programme.
The programme enables individuals at all stages of their lives to pursue stimulating learning opportunities across Europe. There are four sub-programmes focusing on different stages of education and training and continuing previous programmes:
• Erasmus for higher education
• Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training
• Grundtvig for adult education
The Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport performs tasks in the field of higher education, research and technology.
Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC)
The Erasmus Intensive Language Courses (EILC) are specialised courses in the less widely used and less taught languages organised in the countries where these languages are spoken.
Further information about are available at the CMEPIUS website.