FEB Milestones

On 2 July, 1959, the two-year post secondary School of Commerce was established in Maribor. This act represented the foundation of the present day Faculty of Economics and Business as well as the University of Maribor. The purpose of the establishment was to bridge the gap between the secondary and university education in economics.

In 1963, the School of Economics and Commerce was renamed the School of Economics and Business, which became renowned by its Slovenian acronym ‘VEKŠ’ throughout the country. The development of the VEKŠ meant the growth in quality as well as its internal maturation. In 1969, the VEKŠ became the first and for a number of years the only higher education institution in Maribor.

In 1971, a good academic staff structure and quality work led to the initiation of post-graduate programme. In 1976, the first Ph.D. title was awarded at the VEKŠ, which was at the same time the first one at the University of Maribor.

In 1989, the formal growth of the VEKŠ reached its peak when the School was named the Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB). Since then, the Faculty has been intensively developing its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and gaining international recognition.

Despite its tradition, the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor has been developing and becoming an advanced and modern faculty which successfully updated its study programs and adapted them to the requirements and guidelines of the Bologna Declaration following the model of 3 + 2 + 3. Since 2006 we have been conducting a university education program, a professional higher education program and a Bologna Master's program. Since 2008, we have also been offering a Bologna Doctoral Program. All study programs are internationally comparable and contemporary. In 2008 the international accreditation of the ECB was awarded to the university education program, the professional higher education program and the Bologna Master's program, and in 2009 the international accreditation of the ACBSP was awarded to the same study programs.  The process of obtaining the international accreditation of the AACSB is being currently underway.

In 2014, the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor celebrated its 55th anniversary. Within that period, more than 29,500 students graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Business, thus gaining various professional and scientific titles. This achievement places our institution among the largest and oldest faculties in Slovenia. Although we are satisfied with the path we have taken and are able to look back with pride, we are aware that there are many new challenges pending ahead within the European academic environment.

The employees of our Faculty are aware of the importance of research excellence and the interconnection between the scientific work and pedagogical implication and activities. The Faculty of Economics and Business comprises of a young and motivated team of teaching staff and professional services, and with whom we achieve internationally comparable quality.

The Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Maribor follows modern trends. We take globalization into account and participate in international research and teaching networks. According to the global criteria, we are only a regional faculty, however our competitive advantage lies in the deep understanding of our surroundings and our close connection to it. We are aware of social responsibility and take into consideration the principles of sustainable development.

The Faculty of Economics and Business is an open and student-friendly faculty. We ensure high quality service and good employability for our graduates, which is definitely the goal of each graduate. Besides standard activities at the Faculty of Economics and Business students can participate in international exchanges, professional meetings and sports events, language learning programs and other activities.

At the Faculty of Economics and Business, we look forward to cooperating with all of you with whom we can find common development orientations and common goals.