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Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport – presentation

The Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport is a member of the University of Ljubljana, which dates its origins back to the 16th century and was formally established as an independent institution in 1919. Today the university employs over 5,500 academic staff and has over 50,000 students.

The Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport is a higher education institution. Its mission is to provide educational as well as research activities, primarily in the fields of traffic and maritime studies. In June, 2010, it celebrated the 50th anniversary of establishment.

The predecessor of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport was the Junior Maritime College, founded in 1960. At the beginning it only consisted of a nautical and marine engineering department. Then the Business Department, which in 1977/78 developed into the independent Department of Traffic Technology, was founded.

Important milestones in the development of the Faculty are the year 1992 when the Junior Maritime College was upgraded into a four-year Maritime and Traffic College, then the year 1993 when the new Higher Education Act was passed, dividing higher education institutions into universities, faculties, art academies, and colleges, and finally the year 1995 when following a decision passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Slovenia the Maritime and Traffic College developed further and became today’s Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport.

The Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport has gained national and international standing in the education of academic and professional human resources in the fields of maritime studies and traffic, post-graduate (now second-cycle) professional masters and doctors of science, and research activities in the field of traffic sciences. In 2009/10 the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport completed the reorganization of all study programmes in accordance with the principles of the Bologna Reform of higher education: three first-cycle professional study programmes, one first-cycle academic study programme, two second-cycle professional master’s degree study programmes, and a third-cycle doctoral study programme.

The field of traffic is experiencing great technical, technological, and organisational changes. The concept of transport and the processes of traffic technologies of individual traffic modes are constantly undergoing modernisation. Transport logistics, with its structure and functions, embraces virtually all economic and social activities. The development of science in the field of operational research and information technology provides just-in-time supply and enables the increasing competitiveness of traffic services.

The use of information technology and automatization in maritime traffic is increasing. Ships are more and more automated and specialised. Ports, which are becoming the most important logistics link in the transport chain, have adapted to the changes of the sea transport market.

In order to take advantage of its favourable littoral and geo-traffic position in Europe and enable efficient operation of the traffic system, Slovenia needs highly qualified experts. These experts should master the theory of systems, the theory of management, the problems concerning the exploitation of traffic infrastructure and transport means, technology and organization of traffic, transport logistics, economy and safety of traffic, traffic ecology etc.

Close to one thousand part-time and full-time students are enrolled in the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport courses. Full-time studies take place in Portorož while part-time studies are offered not only in Portorož but also in Ljubljana.

The studies at the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport are carried out in accordance with the Higher Education Act, the Statute of the University of Ljubljana, and the Rules of the Faculty of Maritime Studies and Transport.

The academic first-cycle study programme of Traffic Technology is a holder of an international verification of the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (FEANI). Accordingly, the graduates can be granted the title of EUR ING. The first-cycle professional study programmes of nautical studies and marine engineering are verified by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and carried out in accordance with the quality standards of the international 1995 STCW Convention.


date of last change: 14.09.2011

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