National Research Institutes
More than 50 research organisations operate independently of the universities. They differ in size, legal status and field of research. After the independence of Slovenia, the legal position changed significantly. Altogether, 15 institutes acquired the status of National Research Institutes, carrying out scientific and technological research of special importance for Slovenia, and also two infrastructure institutes carrying out information and communication activities.
- Jozef Stefan Institute
- Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
- National Institute of Chemistry
- National Institute of Biology
- Geological Survey of Slovenia
- Institute for Economic Research
- Agricultural Institute of Slovenia
- Slovenian Forestry Institute
- Institute of Metals and Technology
- Institute for Ethnic Studies
- Institute for Contemporary History
- Educational Research Institute
- Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
- Slovene National Building and Civil Engineering Institute
- Institute for Hydraulic Research
The following organisations have the status of a national infrastructure institute:
Source: Slovenian Research Agency, 2012
Slovenia has four universities:
The University of Ljubljana is an institution with a very rich tradition. It was established in 1919 on the foundations of a long-established pedagogical tradition. With its 52,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students, it ranks among the biggest universities in the world scale. A total of 26 faculties, academies and other higher education schools employ approximately 4,350 teaching, research and technical staff, assisted by nearly 1,580 administrative staff.
University of Ljubljana / Univerza v Ljubljani
Kongresni trg 12
SI-1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
phone: +386 (0)1 241 8500
fax: +386 (0)1 241 8660
Rector: Professor Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, Ph. D.
The University of Maribor was established only in 1975. However, Maribor has a fully 140-year-old tradition of higher education. Today the University has about 1,200 pedagogical and research employees. In addition to its 17 faculties, the University of Maribor has a modern university library, students' residence, sports, information and other facilities. The University of Maribor has developed a strong under- and postgraduate study programme, a network of studies pursued by part-time students, research work according to the national programme, financed by the state, and work for development to the benefit of the economy of the local community. The University has developed a strong international cooperation network. In school year 2010/11, over 20,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students were enrolled.
University of Maribor / Univerza v Mariboru
Slomškov trg 15
SI-2000 Maribor, Slovenia
phone: +386 (0)2 235 5280
fax: +386 (0)2 235 5211
Rector: Professor Danijel Rebolj, Ph. D.
The University of Primorska was established in 2003 and has 6 faculties and several research institutions that are located in Koper and in the vicinity. In school year 2010/11, more than 6,500 undergraduate and post-graduate students were enrolled.
University of Primorska / Univerza na Primorskem
Titov trg 4
SI-6000 Koper, Slovenia
tel.: +386 (0)5 611 75 00
fax.:+386 (0)5 611 75 30
Rector: Professor Rado Bohinc, Ph. D.
The University of Nova Gorica is an independent, non-estate university institution and has 7 faculties for undergraduate study programmes. At the University lively research activity is beeing conducted in their nine laboratories, centres and institutions. In the school year 2010/11 over 700 undergraduate and post-graduate students were enrolled.
University of Nova Gorica / Univerza v Novi Gorici
P.P. 301 Rozna dolina
SI-5000 Nova Gorica, Slovenia
tel.: +386 (0)5 331 52 23
fax.: +386 (0)5 331 52 24
Rector: Professor Danilo Zavratnik, Ph. D.
The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU)
The Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU) is active in different classes of research. SAZU has 84 full and 16 associate members, as well as 80 corresponding members from scientific organisations abroad. The work of elected members reaches into various areas and is organised in six sections:
- historical and social sciences
- philological and literary sciences
- mathematical, physical, chemical and technical sciences
- natural sciences
- the arts, and
- medical sciences
SAZU was the founder of important research institutions, such as the Jozef Stefan Institute, the National Institute of Chemistry, the Turbo Institute and the Milan Vidmar Electric Power Research Institute. It is also the founder of the otherwise independent Scientific Research Centre of SAZU, which encompasses 17 important research institutes from the fields of humanities and natural sciences.
Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts / Slovenska akademija znanosti in umetnosti (SAZU)
Novi trg 3,
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
phone: +386 (0)1 4706 100
fax: +386 (0)1 4253 423
Managing director: Zoran Mezeg