The University of Primorska (UP), the third biggest public university in Slovenia, was established in 2003 as a centre of knowledge, implementing European educational strategies. The main objective of this vibrant university is to carry out high quality study and research programmes which promote the area's natural and cultural heritage while integrating and developing these programmes with global educational, intellectual, and research opportunities.

The University's mission is to:

  • creatively contribute to the development of a knowledge-based society by promoting enthusiasm for knowledge and research
  • build relationships with other universities and research institutes in Slovenia and abroad
  • transfer initiatives that are formed in contact areas between the Mediterranean and the Central European region into the international university area
  • develop a relationship and close collaboration with industry
  • contribute to sustainable social development in the local and wider regional environment

Research at UP

UP supports the integrated development of research work, based on two fundamental pillars:  Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Their aims are:

  • more efficient use of funding 
  • improved structures for interdisciplinary studies
  • more effective development of academic study programs connected with research work and the University’s international co-operation, within the framework of selected priority research

The scientific research activity of the University of Primorska is successfully conducted at its faculties and especially at the two research institutes - the  Science and Research Centre and Andrej Marušič Institute. Research work is carried out within research groups at individual UP member institutions as well as jointly in areas of common interest.

National and international research

UP and its member institutions are active in both national and international research programmes and projects, where they are successful in obtaining grants from European programmes and funds. Integration between the educational and research processes ensures the involvement of researchers in the study process. It is because of this that research is the basis of teaching. By combining research with education through tutoring, mentoring, and cooperative learning, and by enriching the knowledge base through new achievements in research, the University has integrated fundamental European strategies in the fields of science and higher education. In accordance with the policy of the common European Research Area (ERA) and the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), UP is actively involved in the national university network, and develops programmes of cooperation with universities at home and abroad.

UP has participated in diverse international research and development projects as a project manager, coordinator, and leading partner, including in bilateral projects, Cross-border and international programmes, IPA Adriatic Cross Border programmes, and South East and Central Europe programmes. In addition, UP is actively involved in national programmes and projects and the training of young researchers.

Strategy for Researchers 

In 2008, the University of Primorska, together with other Slovenian universities, signed The European Charter for Researchers (Charter) and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (the Code), taking a proactive approach to implementing guidelines adopted by the European Commission in 2005. UP is also involved in the European Group for Human Resources (EU Human Resource Strategy Group) and is committed to the development of an institutional strategy for human resources in accordance with the guidelines of the Charter and Code. In October 2010, the UP Senate adopted the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers of the University of Primorska for 2010–2014, which included the principles of the Charter and the Code and the Action Plan of the University of Primorska for the implementation of the Human Resources Strategy for the period 2010–2014. Through these resolutions, UP wishes to achieve excellence in research in order to:

  • improve the visibility of UP within ERA and internationally
  • provide greater internal and external credibility of UP in relation to researchers, public authorities, and the public
  • integrate with and actively participate in the international scientific community


Medium term development strategy 2014–2020

The new Strategy of the University of Primorska for the period 2014-2020 lays great emphasis on:

  • growth of scientific production and excellence
  • creation of mechanisms for the stimulation of researchers
  • increase of funding from European projects under the new financial perspective 2014 -2020, particularly the EU programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020
  • increase in the mobility of research staff
  • regulation of working and employment conditions under the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers
  • integration with the economy
  • effective management of intellectual property 


With the aim to become a scientifically prestigious university, UP must establish its educational and research competitiveness in the wider global context through mature academic competition. In pursuit of this goal, it is important that the university is a place of people (researchers, lecturers and students) who have high goals and who are ready to work hard to achieve these objectives. At the same time, the University must establish a unique partnership with the surrounding area, government, and national and international industry.