University of Nova Gorica

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University of Nova Gorica
Vipavska c. 13, SI-5000 Nova Gorica
HEI: University
Decision: The Agency Council adopted a decision to reaccredit the University of Nova Gorica at its 71st session on 19 September 2013. 
The decision entered into force on: 20 November 2013  
Accreditation expires on: 30 September 2021
Report of the group of experts: Full report
University of Nova Gorica (UNG) is a young, small in size and in number of students, modern, student friendly university. It is focused on the research. During its existence it has established a limited number of areas of research and study programmes, the choice of which is closely linked to the needs and opportunities of the local environment. It is situated closely on the border with Italy and it offers an opportunity to cross-border cooperation, which university usefully exploits. However, university, despite of the many achievements of its staff and students in the national and international environment is not yet sufficiently recognized. It is a task for the future to dedicate more time to self promotion and provide information for the interested public. UNG has well defined educational, scientific, research, artistic and professional goals that are consistent with its vision and mission. However, goals are not formulated clearly enough, so most of the employees, except management and decision-making bodies, do not recognize entirely these objectives. Nevertheless, the university meets these goals successfully with the efficient and rational organizational structure, but there does not exist Academic Assembly which is mandatory by the law. Leadership and management authorities are well supported by appropriate support services, where staff is adequate and operates on the level of the entire university. UNG systematically monitors learning outcomes acquired skills and competences, employability and competitiveness of graduates, and accordingly updates the content of teaching courses. In the past the implementation of study programmes was performed accordingly. The close relationship between teaching and research work enables also direct transfer of research results in the educational process, both indirectly through professors, which in most cases are very active in the field of research, as well as directly through the involvement of students in the research work. Example of good practice represents the organization and execution of practical training in both study programmes, where such training is provided. UNG has the appropriate structure of staff, the number and the quality are appropriate for the implementation of their study programmes and research activities. Relations between university staff and students are good. In recent years the university has increased the proportion of full-time employees. Contractual employment allows the university a certain degree of flexibility, on the other hand, poses a threat to the maintenance of the necessary stability of the teaching process. In most cases, jobs are aligned with acquired title. UNG is trying to attract the participation of the best available personnel, but its criteria for habilitation procedure do not formally comply with the minimum standards set by SQAA. UNG is exhibiting concern and focus on students and their quality of education. Students feel strong affiliation to the university , their opinion is extremely positive. On the other hand, students do not have enough opportunities to create a united "university spirit" due to dispersion of university at different locations. UNG leadership is aware of this fact and in the Strategic Plan envisages the creation a common university campus. Some inconsistencies have been also detected, which we believe to be removed in a relatively short period of time, if university will recognize them and immediately proceed with the elimination. This process already started, and some discrepancies have been rectified, but not all.