Univerza v Ljubljani (the University of Ljubljana – UL) is the oldest, largest and highest quality Slovenian scientific and research organization.
The Faculty of Public Administration (UL FPA) is a leading educational and research institution in the field of public administration in Slovenia, providing the full range of 1st and 2nd with EAPAA accreditation (European Association for Public Administration Accreditation) as well as an own PhD programme, supplementary professional training of civil servants, and international cooperation with similar education and research institutions. The UL FPA is also a member of the most active international organisations in the field of public administration, such as the NISPAcee, EGPA and more.
The role of University of Ljubljana is to provide experts in cross-border issues. Specific attention is given to overreach classical dilemma how experts‘ knowledge and that of participants would be incorporated together in a way to better understand the relationship between old autochthonous minorities and new migrant communities. The aim is also to test how different models of possible integration would operate in changing political environments.
1. Leonardo da Vinci partnerships: EURO LEARNING FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION(EL4PA, 2008-2010):
The aim of the project is to promote European and in particular cross-border cooperation among public actors and organizations by developing common methodologies and tools for the civil servants’ training as to encourage the mutual understanding and reduce the administrative barriers.
The focus/projects results regarding the field of training and education: improving attractiveness and quality of Public Administration training, to develop training within the Euro-region “Carinthia – Friuli Venezia Giulia and Slovenia.
2. Leonardo da Vinci partnership:Transfrontier Euro-Institut Network(TEIN, 2010-2012):
The aim of the project is to increase the professionalization of actors on transfrontier issues all over Europe, in different territorial contexts, in all sectors concerned.
The focus/projects results regarding the field of training and education: Exchange best practices/transfer tools/develop concepts; develop a strategy of future common work; analyse the relevance of a quality certification for organizations/training programs on cross border issues.
3. Projects: ADMINISTRATIVE CAPACITY-BUILDING IN THE DANUBE REGION (2012-2014) and START – Danube Network of Training Experts for Public Administration EU Strategy for Danube Region (2015-2016)
The Danube Network and Training for public Administration (DANTE 4 PA) is a partnership of eight educational institutions which aims to develop & provide demand driven vocational training modules, dedicated to the needs of administrative experts on the local and regional level in the Danube Region. DANTE 4 PA seeks to contribute to the Priority Area 10 “To step up institutional capacity and cooperation” of the European Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) by strengthening administrative capacities through a bottom-up approach in the area of vocational training.
The focus/projects results regarding the field of training and education: Designing and implementing transferable vocational training models; continuous stakeholder engagement and consultation for assessing the specific regional needs; practical exchange – through mutual learning and collective development of a coherent training offer.
4. (Re-)Bordering Europe?: Views and Voices of Citizens and Non-CitizensTransfrontier Euro-Institut Network (TEIN) Tein4Citizens
The purpose of the project is to address and promote the “Voices of citizens and non-citizens from EU borders and beyond” by designing a method of a digital story-telling (micro-videos) and developing Virtual Forum. Within the project the Virtual student teams (5 participants) will be formed to reflect and register voices on the topic of: (Re)-bordering Europe? in pre, present and post-pandemic times. The aim of the project is for students to gain insight into the complexities, dynamics and value of Europe’s borders and border regions, to understand the value of personal narratives as providing insight into perceived experience, to improve ability to shift perspectives, recognize the value of citizens’ voices and possible implications for policy evaluation and policy-making in multi-level EU governance structures, to improve digital literacy and to gain experience in digital storytelling as a form of reflection.
Research / Applied research
1. Project COGOV – Co Production and Co Governance: Strategic Management, Public Value and Co Creation in the Renewal of Public Agencies across Europe (2018-2020):
The project aims to explore and assess the strategic leadership efforts of local governments and other public agencies to transform themselves from ‘bureaucratic authorities’ – treating citizens as legal subjects – and ‘service providers’ – treating citizens as customers – into ‘arenas for co-creation’, in which citizens are recognised as experts in their own life and capable of providing useful inputs (in terms of resources, ideas and energy) into the process of public governance. It will highlight co-created public innovation that not only provides more effective services, solutions and policies, but which also enhances the responsiveness of the public sector.
2. PAT (PROFESSIONALIZING ACTORS OF THE TRANSFRONTIER COOPERATION) – ADAPTATION OF SELECTED TOOLS WITHIN THE TEIN (TRANSFONTIER EURO-INSTITUT NETWORK) (2012-2014):
The purpose of the project is to facilitate transfrontier cooperation through professionalization of actors to increase general quality of transfrontier cooperation and the quality and quantity of transfrontier projects in the border region of network partners in particular. Projects’ aim is to transfer innovative and experienced tools at the French-German Border to 5 other border areas, by developing 5 toolkits on intercultural transfrontier project management.
The main project goal is to establish the basis for an effective and permanent transnational cooperation among different levels and actors, to develop shared Research and Innovation (R&I) policies for the Alpine Region (AR).
The project aims to:
foster a mutual recognition among policy-making, clusters, research and business
enhance an active role of R&I bodies in local and regional development and innovation in strategic topics within AR
provide the framework conditions to develop joint Alpine Research and Innovation policies
promote a coordinated and transnational multilevel governance
International forum as part of the TEIN4Citizens project: Engaging civil society in cross-border regions for the future of Europe
The forum took place on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Klagenfurt and Ljubljana and focused on Old and New Minorities – The Relevance of Identities for Border Regions In Today’s European Union.
At the Faculty of Public Administration, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia the representatives of civil society organisations, academics, citizens and representatives from government and students discussed what are new minorities and the relevance of identities for border regions in European Union today. The aim of the forum in Ljubljana was first to tackle the question of what are the old and new minorities and then to broaden these questions on what European identity means in border regions within the today’s EU. The main ideas, suggestions, and propositions were presented at the end of the forum in the form of a public presentation to all participants.