Slovenian Student Union
The Slovenian Student Union (SSU) represents the interests of more than 90 000 students from Slovenian universities, colleges, high schools, as well as vocational and higher education institutions, including many students currently studying abroad. SSU is the umbrella organisation comprising the student organisations of the Universities of Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and the Student Clubs Association of Slovenia which consists of 52 student clubs.
SSU’s main objective is to enhance student conditions and possibilities for study, social circumstances and the development of extracurricular and curricular activities. SSU actively participates in shaping national policy and programmes concerning higher education, the social dimension in higher education, quality assurance and quality enhancement, scholarships, student residences, student work, health care and the employment of young graduates. SSU communicates with the government about all student related issues through the Government Council for Student Affairs, the Government Council for Youth Affairs, and the Government Council for Higher Education, as well as different working groups.
The organisation has a visible influence on the development of legislation that regulates study, student life and work. It also performs a civil and social role by shedding light on problems regarding the general public, working to protect human rights - especially those of stigmatised and marginalised social groups -, and raising awareness on issues regarding ecology and healthy living. SSU organises and carries out programmes and projects for extracurricular student activities in the fields of culture, education, sports, civil society, technical culture, tourism, environmental protection, international cooperation, publishing, mass media, social services, health, student issues, and information, among others, specified by the national higher education programme and other national programmes, and financed with funds from the state budget and others.
University of Ljubljana
The University of Ljubljana (UL) is rich in tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a deeply-rooted pedagogical tradition. It is a very large university, with 50 000 students, enrolled in 300 different undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes. It employs approximately 6 000 higher education teachers, researchers, assistants and administrative staff in 23 faculties and three arts academies. The central building, all three academies and faculties are located in the city centre. Some of the most recent and modern buildings were constructed on the outskirts of Ljubljana, giving the university and its students a ubiquitous presence in the city.
The University of Ljubljana is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. Our projects keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home and abroad.
The University of Ljubljana is the central and largest educational institution in Slovenia. It is also the central and largest research institution in the country with 30% of all registered researchers (according to data from SICRIS – the Slovenian Current Research Information System).
The University holds a central pedagogical position by performing public services in areas of special social importance which ensure the preservation of the national identity.
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Both residents and visitors perceive Ljubljana as a city made on a human scale. Ljubljana is classified as a mid-sized European city, but it has preserved its small-town friendliness and relaxed atmosphere while providing all the facilities of a modern capital. It is a unique city dotted with picturesque places where you can expect all kinds of nice little surprises. During the winter, its dreamy central European character prevails, and during the summer one can enjoy its relaxed Mediterranean feel. Ljubljana is a city that will surprise you and exceed your expectations. It is small by surface area, but huge in terms of hospitality and quality of life. Numerous changes have happened in a short period of time, which is one of the reasons Ljubljana was named the European Green Capital 2016.
The history of the earliest inhabitants in the territory of Ljubljana goes back 6 000 years. Emona - a Roman colony dating back to 14 A.D. - is considered the foundation of today’s city. Medieval Ljubljana, on the other hand, developed at the foot of Castle Hill, spreading alongside the banks of the Ljubljanica River in the area that is known today as the Old Town.
The historic growth of Ljubljana can be traced through preserved elements of medieval, Baroque, Art Nouveau and modern architecture. The latest touch was bestowed by Jože Plečnik, a native of the city, who developed unique architectural projects and landmarks, and reshaped the urban fabric of Ljubljana by connecting all of its styles. Ljubljana, the nation’s cultural, urban and university centre, is the biggest city in Slovenia and lies in its very heart.
Find out more about Ljubljana: http://www.visitljubljana.com/en/
Find out more about sLOVEnia: www.slovenia.info
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