A year in highlights
One year has passed since the management of the University of Primorska was taken over by a new team led by the current rector Prof. Klavdija Kutnar, PhD. Undoubtedly, the year 2020 will be mostly remembered for the epidemic of the COVID-19 disease and its consequences for our work. Nevertheless, we managed to achieve many goals in the fields of studies, research, work organisation and investments. The Rector of UP summarizes the achievements of the first year of her mandate in the video below.
In the field of studies, new study programmes have been accredited at all three cycles, and the university is also recording an increase in the number of enrolled students from Slovenia and abroad. Students have benefitted from expanded access to e-sources, software packages and various other IT services. A new, innovative way of providing student accommodation has been initiated in cooperation with local institutions and other organisations that are also involved in the Board of Trustees and the UP Scholarship Fund.
A new form of university sports and recreation was organized - SPORT UP. The university involved students in projects with companies and NGO's. UP scientific journals are becoming renowned and a higher number of research projects have been acquired from Slovenian and international funding mechanisms. The university, which in June took over the presidency of the international network UniAdrion, was also visited by several distinguished guests - from ambassadors to researchers from internationally renowned scientific institutions.
Investments were marked by the renovations of the former Technical high school in Koper and of the building in Livade, the preparatory work for the renovation of the former Servite Monastery and the start of the construction of the largest wooden building in Slovenia under the InnoRenew project in Izola.
The University of Primorska was the first in Slovenia to react quickly to the COVID-19 epidemic: we were the first Slovenian university to close its doors and we remained a role model for other higher education institutions. At the same time, the study process continued smoothly, psychological support was offered to students and staff, and we are very proud of those students and staff who volunteered to help.
All this and much more creates new energy at the University and we are happy to hear that this is also noticed by others. This year our university underwent a process to prolong accreditation. External evaluators concluded their report with words: The University of Primorska is representing a dynamic, open, and discursive space for the development of teaching and studies, which can serve as a good practice for other higher education institutions in Slovenia.