Within its structure the University of Maribor aims to achieve the greatest level of internationalisation as possible and become more recognizable in the European and global higher education sector, for which a developed and successful international cooperation is a strong foundation.

International activities and mobility are one of the most important scopes of action since they supplement the study offer and enable a higher level of quality of professors’ performance. Active involvement in the European Higher Education Area is also extremely important since UM plans its further development and cultivates its international image on the basis of the Bologna Declaration and follow-up papers. UM also signed the charter on Sustainable Development Goals of the UN and supports Open Access to knowledge and research infrastructure.


Academic exchange is conducted on the basis of inter-university or inter-faculty agreements concluded with foreign partner institutions offering short study visits or longer exchanges lasting from one semester to one year. UM is being integrated into the European academic community in order to promote Slovene national identity and ensure competitiveness of Slovene intellectuals on the European labour market and above. For this reason, UM ensures academic mobility of both professors and students, as well as administrative staff and participates in various networks of European universities at regional, national and European level.


UM is also a member of various international associations, e.g. European University Association (EUA), Conference of Rectors and Presidents of European Universities of Technology (CRP), Alps-Adriatic Rectors' Conference (AARC), Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC), Rectors’ Conference of the Ionic-Adriatic region (UniAdrion) and the Rectors’ Forum of universities from Western Balkans and South-East Europe.


University of Maribor has actively participated in the Erasmus programme since 1999. For this academic year the University of Maribor has signed more than 500 agreements with Erasmus partner universities. The share of exchange students increases every year, especially incoming students, which means a confirmation of the quality of services offered to the international students.


An active exchange of students and professors is running since 1995 also within the CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies) programme. University of Maribor is coordinating a number of networks and is partner in many more.


In the scope of knowledge transfer, University of Maribor strives to be an active participant in the realization of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), as well as the strategies for the Ionian-Adriatic (EUSAIR) and the Alpine Region (EUALP). Here, special focus is on the priority of knowledge and competitiveness within the Flagship project of the Danube Transfer Centres, where UM is the national entry-point for Slovenia.


One of the most recent support structures in the activities for the realization of the institutional strategy for the building of the innovative eco-system with focus on the North-Eastern Slovenian region (NUTS II) is the Digital Innovation Hub that is registered in the EU catalogue of DIH.

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