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University of Ljubljana is the main higher education and research institution in Slovenia and international co- operation has a very important position in the institution's strategy and mission. In the coming years the University will with a big selection of new and overhauled study programmes, international cooperation, a modern IT environment, the linking of courses to practice, further increase its attractiveness for domestic and foreign students. These involve primarily successful implementation of the Bologna process and the need to strengthen lifelong learning and education. One of the most important strategic goals written in the strategy of the University of Ljubljana is enhancing international cooperation. The University of Ljubljana will be more active than previously in the common European higher education sphere. To this end it will aim to secure a coordinating role in joint education programmes, promote inciusion in international projects, increase student exchanges with the aim of making it possible for each student to spend one semester abroad by the end of the second level, increase the enrolment of foreign stUdents, whose number should reach at least 10% and enroll them in Slovene language course, offer courses and subjects to be provided also in foreign languages, stri ve to increase the accommodation capacities for foreign students, increase teacher exchanges with the aim of each one working at a foreign institution for at least one semester and at least 10% of the University's programmes being provided by foreign lectures. In the coming period the University will place special emphasis on supplementing basic knowledge with applied knowledge and on the flow of this knowledge into practice and back. Strengthening European co-operation is forming the integral part of the University of Ljubljana strategy. It inciudes the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students and teachers, most of which is supported by the international programme such as Erasmus or future LLP program me. The plan that will guide the university in the next few years is to structure partnerships with the business community and accelerate knowledge transfer between higher education institutions and enterprises and vice versa. The development of management and innovation skills will become an integral part of lifelong learning strategies for university staff. University of Ljubljana will inform all faculties, their staff and students of the activities that can be caries out in LLP. The charter and policy statement will be available on the University web page and the printed version will be sent to the deans of the faculties. Continued support for equal gen der opportunities will be guaranteed. Currently females are better represented in mobility. We will continue to bring together domestic and international students in free time activities, e.g. the reception project coordinated by the Student Union, and thus combat racism and xenophobia. Although the volume of international mobility is growing every year, there remain several areas to be enhanced. ECTS system is introduced in all faculties of the university but one. Necessary measures are taken to assure the full recognition of study periods abroad. The implementation of ECTS is ensuring the proper recognition of credits of our students achieved in other institutions as well as the credits of foreign students studying in Ljubljana, subject to satisfactory performance. ECTS system will continue to be used throughout the university. The Diploma Supplement is implemented and will be used everywhere. ln the coming years we plan to increase substantially the number of mobile students. The concrete aim is to enable our students to spend at least one semester abroad and send and receive a balanced number of students. Special attention will be put on encouraging students from less represented fields to take part in exchanges. Support services for incoming students will continue to be provided through the Student Union and the Language Centre. This comprised arrival service, accommodation services, student tutors and Slovene language courses. Student organization offers to all exchange students an active participation in the clubs and cultural events. University of Ljubljana has the high quality Center for Slovene as a second/foreign language, that organizes high quality EILC language courses every year. In continuation all incoming students are offered co-financed courses throughout the year. University of Ljubljana managed from the year 2007 on to secure places in Student dorms for all incoming students. The aim for teacher mobility is to increase the number of outgoing Erasmus teachers per year, with a particular effort to increase teacher mobility in less active fields. University services will continue to provide information on the possibilities and organize sessions with Erasmus co-ordinators, appointed in individual faculties. Quality of student placement activities: What kind of specific measures are implemented to ensure high quality in student placements? Give details on how the work-program me and the placement agreement are prepared and implemented. Please describe the practical arrangements agreed between the parties. Please specify also the monitoring and evaluation of the placement period as well as its recognition in the curriculum. One of the strategic goals of the university is to place special emphasis on supplementing basic knowledge with applied knowledge and on the flow of this knowledge into practice and back. The new LLP program will give us great opportunity to incorporate student and staff placements into "old" Erasmus program. The plan to develop student support services such as Careers advisory Service and effective tutoring will help to a quality placement in an enterprise or organization in another participating country. In the same time we will establish quality monitoring of the administrative work in connection with work placements. Our aim is to enable our students to have access to job vacancy information. On the centralized level we will have contacts with employers and will organize practical placements in Slovenia and other European countries. An advisory body of business leaders had been established. We plan to develop an on-line system that will support career guidance and daily inform students on vacancies in enterprises or organizations. At the same time we will connect with organizations that provide information on vacancies. University plans to give full recognition of the period spent abroad. We will provide the student with a Learning agreement regarding the programme of the placement and it will be endorsed by both parties involved. University will make efforts to link Erasmus coordinators with work placement coordinators at our schools. There are some excellent tutoring practices already present at some of the university school s: However, the University management seeks to create an overall university tutoring development programme. University will also carefully monitor and evaluate placements periods abroad. The evaluation will be done at the faculty level. Special attention will be given to promote gaining work experience in other European countries as part of the student Erasmus mobility programs.
"Policy statement 2007"