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Grm Novo mesto, Centre of Biotechnics and Tourism

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Grm Novo mesto, Centre of Biotechnics and Tourism
Sevno 13, 8000 Novo mesto
www.grm-nm.si

The Agency Council issued the opinion on compliance with standards for higher vocational colleges laid down by the law at its 68th session on 13 June 2013.

Full report of the group of experts

Summary:
Grm Novo mesto is continuing the tradition of Secondary School of Agronomy founded in 1873. Thus, education of experts from the field of rural and landscape management has a long tradition whereas catering and tourism are newer study programmes. The college is an organizational unit of the Centre with independent human resources (HR) some of who also participate in secondary education. It is well integrated with the environment and the need for graduates is evident. The development strategy of the institution is not sufficiently accessible. It seems that employees are not acquainted with the vision and strategy of the college. The management bodies of the college are established with the exception of the student council which is still forming. Grm Novo mesto is co-founder of the Business Educational Centre which has its estate and the house of cuisine. The group of experts recommended that the college prepare the required internal acts and general legal provisions for the functioning of strategic council, college’s council, QA commission, commission for student as well as teacher affairs, professional working groups and student council. HR structure is suitable for a college and the ratio between students and teachers is appropriate as well. The group of experts recommended the college improve student and teacher mobility as well as participation in professional projects. Habilitation procedures are in accordance with legislation. Stakeholder surveys should be carried out regularly. In the opinion of students, the college is dedicated to remedying possible problems in the education process but the students are not properly aware of their rights and duties. Facilities and equipment at the college are somewhat poorly separated from those of the secondary school. Financing is mostly connected with pedagogical activities, while as professional work is modest. Internal stakeholders are not well familiarized with self-evaluation processes and students hardly participate in them. Recommendations for improvement should be systematically monitored, analysed and implemented. The college is not fully compliant and does not fully function in accordance with the provisions of the Post-Secondary Vocational Education Act and the relevant criteria of SQAA.