Education and Science in Ljubljana

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The University of Ljubljana. Consisting of 22 faculties, 3 art academies and one university college, it is attended by over 50,000 students.

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The Jožef Stefan Institute

Slovenes value education incredibly highly. Qualifications provide much more status than employment, and this leads to some remarkable statistics. The literacy rate is 99.6%, and there are three universities with over 75,000 students in total. The Ljubljana University encompasses today 22 faculties, three academies and one vocational college, with a total of more than 50,000 students. Although the Ljubljana University was founded in 1919, the foundation of the first higher education studies dates back to the 2nd half of the 17th century.

It is very common to continue studying after university, to masters or even PhD level. Every visitor to Slovenia finds him or herself looking at the beautiful banknotes, and the faces on the back are all artists, scientists and musicians. Slovenia’s finest scientists include Janez Vajkard Valvasor, who is most famous for his geographical study ‘The Glory of the Duchy of Carniola’, and his explanation of how Lake Cerknica disappears every spring and returns in the autumn (it is Europe’s largest intermittent lake). Jurij Vega (1754-1802) calculated pi to 140 decimal places, and Friderik Pregl won the Nobel Prize for organic chemistry (1923). Perhaps this rich tradition of invention explains why the oldest wheel in the world, estimated to be 5,100 – 5,350 years old, was found in Slovenia – more precisely at the Ljubljana Marsh.

Ljubljana is home to the Slovene Academy of Arts and Sciences, founded in 1938, as well as to 136 research organisations and institutes, including the Jožef Stefan Physics Institute, Clinical Centre, UNESCO Centre of Chemical Studies, etc.