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Awards for the Associates

Awards for the Associates

The Awards for the Associates is given to professional associates of the University of Ljubljana for important contributions to the improvement of work processes and the academic environment at the University members and the Rectorate.

Among the Academy’s staff, it is difficult to find anyone involved in so many different processes as Mag. Darja Markoja. Markoja takes care of everything; from public relations and the administrative management of changes to study programmes, to the organisation of career counselling and international cooperation.


Darija Tratnik, Head of the Financial and Accounting Department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, has for many years provided up-to-date data and well-reasoned answers on financial matters in order to support management decision-making and the work of other staff.


Mag. Jasmina Zajc, Head of Office for Postgraduate Studies and International Cooperation at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana, is exceptionally well-organised, professional, conscientious, dedicated to her work and welcoming. She provides students and staff with steady and reliable support in achieving their goals.


In his 20 years working at the Department of Agronomy at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Matej Jeraša has made an important contribution to the Faculty’s successful operation through his commitment, self-initiative and versatility. He significantly contributed to the quality of the students’ work, research work, and the Faculty’s links with the external environment.


Matej Šergan is a key technical expert, providing support for practical classes in three study programmes, maintaining complex research equipment, and upgrading laboratories. He also provides ICT support to the Department of Food Science and Technology at the Biotechnical Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, ensuring that computer and video equipment is functioning properly, managing online classrooms and supporting users.


Mag. Peter Čepin joined the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana in 2002. He is exceptionally involved in the development and progress of information technology at the School. Throughout these years, he has led and participated in important computerisation projects. He developed his skills by taking on new responsibilities, while generously passing on experience to colleagues. It is also thanks to his efforts that the computerisation of the Faculty is cited as an example of good practice within the University.


Lidija Urek joined the School of Economics and Business of the University of Ljubljana in 1979. She first worked in the library, then in the Centre for Education and Counselling, and finally in the Doctoral Studies Unit. She was an essential member of the School’s team, whose dedication, sacrifice and willingness to help made a major mark, and she selflessly shared her knowledge and experience and passed it on to her colleagues.


Đuka Đorđić is first and foremost a colleague and an upstanding person. She works as a courier and performs countless other tasks. While her schedule is unpredictable, she remains smiling, full of enthusiasm for work, willing to acquire new knowledge and infectiously positive about work and her colleagues. She is proof that these qualities are often more important than any scientific title.


Since 2013, Petra Koželj has been successfully and efficiently leading the work in the research sector of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering. Under her leadership, the research sector is providing excellent project management support to researchers. Her motivation, attention to detail and dedication undoubtedly contribute to improving the operation of the Faculty.


Zdenka Gantar has been working at the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Pharmacy for more than 30 years. In all this time, she has remained a pillar of the human resources department. She often sets aside formalities in order to truly listen to people, even though she has little time to spare due to her heavy workload.


Marko Eržen has been working at the Faculty since 1999 and has been assistant secretary since 2010. He is also the business secretary at the Department of Textiles, Graphic Arts and Design. He performs his work reliably, on his own initiative and in good spirits. His contribution to the operation of the Faculty is invaluable. Without him, the atmosphere, premises and organisation would look very different.


As a fashion designer with her own brand, Nataša Hrupić passes on her experience to new generations of students. She is a technical associate for the central design course Textile and Fashion Design, where she assists students in tailoring, modelling, sewing and producing clothing. She also edits the Chair of Textile and Fashion Design website.


Halima Sedić has been working at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of the University of Ljubljana since 1996. In 2017, she joined the Department of Textiles, Graphics and Design. She is exceptionally hardworking, friendly and cheerful while taking care of the premises and employees. She is always ready to take on new challenges, or work outside her regular hours.


In her many years of working at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language, Dr. Ina Ferbežar has achieved outstanding professional results and successes at home and abroad. She has made a major mark in the field of testing and teaching Slovene as a second and foreign language, both in Slovenia and internationally, with her professional and organisational work, scientific research, and teaching.


With kindness, courtesy and commitment, Jasmin Anžiček helped students overcome any administrative hurdle in the enrolment and other procedures and understand instructions. In 2012, the Student Council of the University of Ljubljana named her as the best student office employee. She was a link between students and professors, always working with sincerity and for the benefit of all.


After many years of experience at the former Social Accounting Service, Marino Bembič was employed at the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport of the University of Ljubljana from 2001 until his retirement this year. He successfully headed the financial and accounting department. Through his achievements and reputation, he has contributed to professionalism in his area of work.


Until his retirement in September 2020, Bojan Heric was the head of the financial and accounting department at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science of the University of Ljubljana. He always strived for good relationships with colleagues. He was the liaison between his team of experts and the users of accounting services at the Faculty.


As an associate of the technical and maintenance department at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana, Dragotin Resnik takes care of all the little things that keep things running for the other members of staff. Above all, he is always ready to help. He is distinguished by modesty, passion, dedication, ingenuity and a wide range of expertise.


Mag. Maja Ušeničnik Podgoršek manages the Student Office at the Faculty of Sport of the University of Ljubljana, which is the highest rated organizational unit at the Faculty due to her precise, propulsive and insightful management. She also contributes to the reputation of the University of Ljubljana with a broad insight into study and student issues, a professional approach and proactive cooperation.


In 2009, Marija Sušnik assumed her duties at the International Office of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Public Administration. Her work is focused on the continuous development of the Office. She also contributes greatly to the organisation of international meetings and events. She is distinguished by her professionalism and independence, as well as her willingness to help colleagues and students.


For several years, Nataša Svržnjak has successfully managed the library of the University of Ljubljana’s Faculty of Public Administration, while in the last few years she has been recognised for her contribution to the operation of the Centre for the Development of Pedagogical Excellence, the Faculty publishing house, and the CEPAR scientific journal. Her work is characterised by responsiveness, professionalism and great responsibility.


Alja Gazvoda, Nina Šmit, Aleš Košir, Urša Lavrič, Katja Žnidarič, Irena Pentič, Barbara Tome, Anton Jagodic, Heda Šturm, Romana Kus (Rectorate of the University of Ljubljana), Mojca Likar, Damijana Rozman Tegovski and Sara Gornik (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts), Klara Purkat, Anja Milenković Kramer and Žiga Kušar (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine), Barbara Bergant Kaučič (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering), Nives Macerl (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science), Barbara Zupančič (University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business)

The APIS group brought together a team of colleagues from all University members to find answers to challenging questions and, primarily, bridge the boundaries between individual members and the Rectorate. The group acted as one, representing the University of Ljubljana. In order to introduce the APIS system, the group members often sacrificed their private time for the benefit of the University.