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Mobility and internationalisation


13.Mobility and internationalisation

Last update: 22 February 2023

Slovenia has been promoting mobility and internationalisation at all levels of education, from preschool to higher education and adult education.

The White paper on education in the Republic of Slovenia (2011) (sl .pdf) lays down the guidelines for international cooperation of the Republic of Slovenian in education. Furthermore, the individual sectoral laws define basic aspects of the international dimension. To create opportunities for cooperation within the European integration is one of the basic goals of the Slovenian education system, thus it inlcuded among development priorities as specified by the basic law on organisation and financing of education (en .doc).

In school education, the subject-curricula and related educational activities include content on the subject of European integration, history, geography and culture, appreciation of cultural diversity, intercultural competence, as well as global learning.

The national policy's focus of attention has been on the internationalisation in higher education. It was included among priorities of the Resolution on National programme of higher education (en .pdf). The Government of the Republic of Slovenia adopted on 28 July 2016 the Strategy for the internationalisation of Slovenian higher education 2016–2020 (en .pdf). It specified priority goals and five key topics:

  1. Mobility: essential ingredient of opening up the Slovenian higher education community internationally
  2. Quality international cooperation in research and development
  3. Development of intercultural competence
  4. Targeting priority regions and countries, and
  5. Promotion, support and evaluation of the strategy for internationalisation.

The Action plan strategy for the internationalisation of Slovenian higher education 2016–2018 (en .pdf) specified certain quantitative indicators among performance indicators:

  1. Mobility of Slovenian students abroad - 5 % mobile students, and out of those - 10 to 15 % mobile students Erasmus+ with socially disadvantaged background
  2. Mobility of Slovenian higher education teachers - 8 % mobile higher education staff, and
  3. Targeting priority regions and countries - 10 % increase in number of students from the region of Western Balkans.

The national priorities and guidelines for mobility and internationalisation have been harmonised with the European strategic framework of cooperation in Education and training 2020, goals of the Copenhagen process, and so forth. The topics are supported by relevant and professional projects of other bilingual, regional and multilateral association, as well as cooperation with important multilateral organisations, such as Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Council of Europe, and United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO).

The activities in the scope of the Erasmus+, bilateral programmes of cooperation, and multilateral association with development project activities that are part funded by the European social funds have been supporting the educational reform in Slovenia. They include all stakeholders, from individuals to institutions, local authorities, and at national level or the system. Each year, over 1,000 teachers and other education staff, 2,000 higher education students, and 1,000 upper secondary participate in the mobility programmes. Together, they are the force initiating and facilitating the international cooperation in the EU programmes, as well promotors of bottom-up reforms.

For pursuing goals of international cooperation, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia appointed the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS) as the national agency for the implementation of the European programmes in education and training. For the term 2014 to 2020, the Erasmus+. CMEPIUS has been responsible for mobile researches via the European network EURAXESS, bilateral scholarship schemes, Central European Exchange Program for University Studies (CEEPUS), as well as managing the e-Twinning European action. It has been involved with the incentive for the European language certificate that has become part of the Erasmus+ programmes; it has been the national contact point of the European platform for adult education. Since 2105, CMEPIUS has been responsible for the incentive and online platform Study in Slovenia.

Furthermore, Slovenia has been promoting the international mobility with the Ad futura programmes, in which the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia (Fund) has been awarding different scholarships and cofounding upper secondary and higher education students, as well as professionals.