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University of Ljubljana celebrates 100th anniversary

On 3 December 2019, Slovenia’s oldest and largest institution of higher learning – the University of Ljubljana – celebrated its one hundredth birthday.

This year the University of Ljubljana is celebrating its centenary

This year the University of Ljubljana is celebrating its centenary | Author Željko Stevanič

On this day a hundred years ago, the University hosted its first lecture in the Slovene language.

The University of Ljubljana has ranked among the top three percent of the world’s best universities for many years. Its 23 faculties and three academies offer opportunities to study in all fields – natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, medicine and art. It is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Slovenia, and is attended by nearly 40,000 students.

The University of Ljubljana – which is also Slovenia’s central scientific research institution – employs 6,093 people, and 37,874 students (60% of whom are women) are enrolled at its faculties. The University currently offers 158 undergraduate programmes and 195 different Master’s programmes.

University of Ljubljana Rector Dean Igor Papič says that the University reaches beyond the national borders and is helping to build the European university of the future. The fact that it is ranked among the top three percent of universities in the world “is something that nobody probably would have dreamed of a hundred years ago when the university was founded, and particularly over the years when it had to fight for its survival, as there were constant pressures to close it.” At the same time he mentioned the launching of the EUTOPIA project, which will be extremely important for the future of higher education, and which is being led by the University of Ljubljana. The university of the future will be built in cooperation with five other European universities over the next three years.

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