Foreword

In its almost 60 years of existence and tradition, the Faculty of Economics and Business (the FEB) has developed and has become a modern faculty. During all these years, more than 32,000 students graduated from the FEB, hence acquiring different professional and scientific titles. Between 2006 and 2008, we successfully transformed all our study programmes in compliance with the Bologna declaration requirements by adopting the 3 + 2 + 3 model.

Although we can be satisfied with our path so far and although we can look upon our past achievements with pride, we are well aware that many challenges lie ahead for us in the European university area. Our vision that the FEB will be recognized nationally and throughout the wider European region as an excellent research-oriented and globally-connected school of economics and business is closely connected with carrying out our mission, which is to contribute to the holistic development of individuals and to participate in the development of the economy and community at both the national and wider European levels through the synthesis of economics and business research and education.

We firmly believe that excellence is of utmost importance in the globalisation processes, which also shape the university sphere. That is why the Faculty of Economics and Business has accredited its study programmes with the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE), which makes our programmes internationally comparable and modern. Currently, we are in the process of obtaining the accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Our integration in the European area and the globalized world is also evident from a wide number of international partnerships, agreements and numerous study exchanges. The Faculty of Economics and Business is involved in different international exchange programmes. 1,400 foreign students have studied at our faculty within the ERASMUS+ and CEEPUS programmes since 2009 alone. Regarding the number of foreign students studying at the University of Maribor, this ranks us first among all the faculties. Every semester, about 130 foreign students come to study at the FEB, while about 80 FEB students go on study exchange to our partner universities. Our graduates have high quality education and good employability, which is without doubt a goal of every graduate. Apart from their study obligations at the FEB, our students can take part in international exchanges and various professional meetings and sports events with other students. They can also learn foreign languages and participate in a number of other well-organized extracurricular activities.

At the Faculty of Economics and Business, a lot of emphasis is placed on research excellence and on the integration of our research activities and our pedagogical activities, which is reflected in the transfer of research findings into the study process. Our motivated staff maintain the internationally comparable quality of their work. We are also well aware of our social responsibility and we support sustainable development.

Everyone at the Faculty of Economics and Business looks forward to the cooperation in all the fields of our activities with those whose development objectives and goals are the same as ours.

Assoc. prof. Lidija Hauptman,
Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business