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International cooperation

University of Ljubljana is one of the founders of the Regional Platform for Benchmarking and Cooperation in Higher Education and Research. The Platform has been established to improve cooperation among universitites in the region. A special focus is given to the development and quality of doctoral studies.

The lists of experts from the universities of Ljubljana, Belgrade, Novi Sad, and Zagreb are intended to facilitate collaboration and provide help in order to improve the quality of doctoral study programmes at universities in the Western Balkans.

List of experts 

© EUA-CDE/Željko Stevanić, IFP


University of Ljubljana is a member of the European University Association and hosted the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting on 7 and 8 June 2018 at the Faculty of Law. More than 230 experts took part in the Meeting which under the title Excellence through Diversity: Doctoral education in a globalised world highlighted diversity as an enduring characteristic and strength of doctoral education in Europe. On 6 June 2018, Rector of University of Ljubljana Igor Papič and the EUA-CDE steering committee hosted a round table for Rectors and Vice-Rectors of the Regional Platform Western Balkans universities and Universities of Graz and Trieste. The main topics of the meeting were the presentation of the Regional Platform, the co-operation of the participating institutions in order to strengthen their role in the European educational community and mutual co-operation in the field of energetics as well as increase the quality of doctoral study.

Photos of the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
4th Plenary session at the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
Presentations of the speakers at the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

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In the framework of the Doctoral School and in cooperation with the University of Graz, the University of Ljubljana organizes annual workshops where doctoral students discuss different topics. This year, the University of Rijeka also joined the workshops. The fourth three-day interdisciplinary workshop with the title Quality of Life and Working Conditions in Europe was held from 6 to 8 June 2019 at the University of Rijeka, where 15 doctoral students from all three universities presented their research work. Lectures and workshop moderation were delivered by lecturers and experts: Daphne Ahrendt from Eurofound, Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela, Janez Štebe, Andrej Kohont and Irena Vipavc Brvar from the University of Ljubljana, Otto Bodi-Fernandez, Markus Hadler, Dieter Reicher from the University of Graz, Snježana Prijić Samaržija, Nebojša Zelič and Elvio Baccarini from the University of Rijeka.

 Workshop Quality of Life and Working Conditions in Europe

The two-day workshop on the topic of environmental protection took place on March 22 and 23, 2018 at the University of Graz (Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research). The workshop was officialy opened by the Head of the Doctoral School of the University of Ljubljana prof. dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela and Vice-Rector of the University of Graz Prof. Peter Scherrer. Fifteen doctoral students from both universities participated in the workshop and it was moderated by excellent lecturers Prof. Manfred Füllsack, Prof. Tobias Stern, Prof. Rupert J. Baumgartner from the University of Graz and prof. dr. Lučka Kajfež Bogataj from the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana.


The two-day workshop on the topic of migration took place on Friday, 13 January 2017, and Saturday, 14 January 2017. The workshop was designed interdisciplinary and addressed various aspects of migration. Sixteen doctoral students from both universities participated and excellent lecturers moderated the workshop: prof. Karin Schmidlechner-Lienhart, prof. Gerd Oberleitner, dr. Lisa Heschl from the University of Graz and doc. dr. Mojca Pajnik from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana and prof. dr. Grega Strban from the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana.

The reports of the latter two are available below:

-        doc. dr. Mojca Pajnik

-        prof. dr. Grega Strban

Interdisciplinarna delavnica MigracijeInterdisciplinarna delavnica Migracije
Photos by Matea Lacmanović and Tjaša Podpečan.


An interdisciplinary workshop "Perspectives on research ethics" was held on 15 and 16 January 2016 at the University of Graz. Doctoral students discussed practical and philosophical aspects of research ethics at this workshop.