Rector prof. dr. Ivan SvetlikDr. Ivan Svetlik, full professor in human resources and social management

He completed undergraduate and postgraduate studies of sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. He pursued advanced studies at the Warwick University in the UK and at the Arbetslivcentrum in Sweden. He was promoted to the doctoral scientific title in 1983 with the thesis entitled Sociological conceptualization of unemployment.

Since 1974 he has been a professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. From 1988 until 1991 he worked for the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy, from 2008 to 2012 in the Government of the Republic of Slovenia. He is in charge of the postgraduate study programme Management of organizations, human resources and knowledge. He gives lectures in the subjects such as labour and employment, human resources management, education, quality of life and social policies. He is involved in cooperation with several European universities, institutes and with editorials of many international reviews, such as International Journal of Manpower, European Journal of Vocational Training, and The Quality of Higher Education. He gives advice and support to development of organizations in the area of education and human resources management and development.

From 1993 to 1997, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Under his leadership, the building of new facilities started. He was also the head of some faculty units: Department of sociology, Centre for organizational study and study of human resources, Programme group for analysis of work, education and employment. He is the pioneer of the human resources study in Slovenia. In cooperation with the universities of Bath, Maynooth, Tilburg, Roskilde, and Complutense, he developed and started one of the first international master's programmes with inclusion of the University of Ljubljana: European Social Policy Analysis. From 2005 to  2008, he was the Vice-Rector of the University of Ljubljana. He is the author of the first University of Ljubljana mission and the co-author of the first University of Ljubljana Strategy 2006-2009. He established the university system of tutoring, the university career centre, he coordinated the second external EUA evaluation of the University of Ljubljana. He is the co-author of the University of Ljubljana Strategy 2012-2020 and of the evaluation study Bologna in Ljubljana.

He was the first President of the Higher Education Council of the Republic of Slovenia, which started the process of external accreditation of higher education institutions and programmes. He was the President of the National Commission for the reform of educational programmes. He took part in preparation of developmental programmes such as Slovenia's Development Strategy, Phare programmes for the development of vocational and professional education. He was the President of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Higher Education. He was the President of professional associations the Slovenian sociological association and the Slovenian Association for Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations. In his activities of international counselling in the area of education, he is engaged in cooperation with the European agencies ETF (Turin) and CEDEFOP (Thessaloniki). From 2008 to 2011, he was the minister for labour, family and social affairs. In the eighties, he participated in preparing the transition by researching market approach in employment policies, especially by using the concept of active employment policies in Slovenia. He was also a member of the sociological group of writers of the Slovenian Constitution.

He signed over 400 articles and books in Slovenian and other languages, mainly in the area of education, employment, social policy, and human resources.

Since 2000, he has registered 17 scientific, 8 professional and 13 popular articles, 25 chapters in scientific and 11 in professional monographs, 1 scientific monograph, 1 text book, 10 mentorships to doctoral students and 46 mentorships to master degree students.

On June 18, 2013, he was elected Rector of the University of Ljubljana for the period  1 October 2013 – 1 October 2017.