With its nineteen member institutions, the university is turning into a central development institution attracting talented students from all over the world and providing a development context where excellence is at home at all levels.
The management is aware that close ties between the university as a central educational and research institution and its local environment and the industry are of the utmost importance. For this reason, various activities aimed at integrating knowledge and R&D with the industry are being implemented in order to initiate concrete projects contributing to new jobs and new products with high added value. The University of Maribor is thus bringing together knowledge, research findings and the industry. The central project in this area is called IOT – Innovative Open Technologies. The information portal Vzhodna.si will serve as an entry point also in other development projects.
These are only a few examples indicating the direction of future development of the University of Maribor. However, various impressive accomplishments can already be celebrated. The development of the first Slovene nanosatellite going into space, the success of the students participating in the Student Formula project, permanent high scores in the Imagine Cup international student competition for innovativeness, technological solutions and development, the prestigious Reimagine Education award for the Demola project where students work on concrete solutions to problems found in companies – placing the University of Maribor alongside the most prestigious universities – are only a few examples of UM’s most notable achievements.
The University of Maribor is developing new fields, testing new teaching and learning methods and constantly searching for new methods of cooperation with its environment. Various international awards prove that the university is on the right track. This year, UM was ranked among the best global universities and earned the highest score among Slovene universities on Times Higher Education World University Rankings examining how universities fulfil their primary mission in different areas. In 2014, UM also received an award for the well-being of foreign students at HE institutions.
In Slovenia and abroad, UM is recognised as a university providing students with an excellent learning experience and producing top graduates. Now it is time for you to become a part of this creative and development-oriented story.
The University of Maribor is the second biggest and the second oldest university in Slovenia. Around 18 000 students study at the University of Maribor. It has seventeen faculties which offer undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. The University of Maribor is a regional developer and our faculties are located not only in the city of Maribor, but also in other parts of Slovenia. Executive power is vested in the Rector, assisted by six vice-rectors, and the secretary general. The highest academic and professional body is the University Senate, comprising deans, deputy-deans, academic officials, researchers, and student representatives, who meet at periodic sessions in order to decide on the policy and structure of the University. The decision-making body in the field of management is the Management board.
The Students’ Council at the University of Maribor, led by Vice-rector student, has an important role and meets in periodic sessions to discuss student related issues.Courses of study offered by the University of Maribor and its member faculties are degree study programmes leading to the award of diplomas and credential programmes leading to the award of certificates. Degree study programmes can be undergraduate (academic or professionally oriented) – 1st degree study programmes (lasting three or four years, depending on the field of study and its specifics), or posgraduate – 2nd degree (one or two years, with the exception of the master’s programme General Medicine, which lasts six years) and 3rd degree study programmes (lasting for three years). University of Maribor concluded adapting its study programmes according to the requirements of the Bologna Declaration. Since the academic year 2010/2011 University of Maribor is enrolling only students in Bologna study programmes. Study programmes are offered by the faculties as full time or part time studies.