University of Maribor aims at excellence, comprehensiveness, interdisciplinary, a symbiotic relationship between education and scientific research, internationalization and cooperation with the local economy. UM is developing scientific disciplines constituting the basis of degree programmes conducted at 17 faculties, which cover natural sciences, engineering, biotechnology, humanities and social sciences.
Within the framework of UM members, 1077 researchers organized in 135 research groups are registered (http://sicris.izum.si/). Research work is currently being conducted in the context of 46 research programmes and one infrastructure programme, of which 20 are being coordinated by UM. In Slovenia, scientific research is being conducted within the framework of 14 basic projects, 15 applied projects, 3 postdoctoral projects and 13 target-oriented research projects. UM endeavours to contribute to the transfer of knowledge and technology into the economy by means of various mechanisms. In 2011, 9 start-ups companies were established with the help of the University’s business incubator.
At the international level, UM participated in 50 bilateral research projects, 97 partnerships in FP7 projects and 83 other research projects (e.g. ERANET, EUREKA etc.) in 2011. On the basis of signed bilateral agreements, UM is cooperating with 95 partner institutions from four continents. In addition, UM is a member of various international associations, such as the Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC). Special emphasis is placed on activities for cooperation in the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region, within the framework of which UM will propose and coordinate projects in the field of human resources development and studies for the economic sector. UM is also a member of the Alps-Adriatic Rectors' Conference (AARC), the European University Association (EUA), the Leveraging Education into Organisations (LEO-NET), within the framework of which UM is coordinating the largest project for work placements in Slovenia, the European Network of Academic Sports Services (ENAS) and the University Network of the European Capitals of Culture (UNEECC).