The Faculty of Medicine has an international outlook and is well-established and well-regarded beyond Slovenia. Its role in European higher education is an important one. It is an active member of the European association of medical faculties ECTS - MA, which provides a forum for successful international collaboration in matters of student and staff mobility. The current deputy chair of the association is Professor Tomaž Marš, Vice-Dean of the Ljubljana faculty. The faculty is also a member of the NPHC, which brings together faculties in the field of primary healthcare. Its current president is another Slovenian, Assistant Professor Danica Rotar Pavlič.
International cooperation at the Faculty of Medicine also takes place within the faculty itself, as academics and renowned experts from around the world (as well as from closer to home, of course) are regularly invited to lecture here. Visiting professors are most frequently invited as part of regular cooperation and partnership programmes, particularly the Erasmus+ mobility programmes. A great deal of cooperation and collaboration with foreign experts also takes part at international conferences, symposiums and other events organised by faculty departments; these events include ‘Derčevi dnevi’, in honour of paediatrician Bogdan Derč, and the Janez Plečnik Memorial Meeting.
The faculty has increased its presence as a European project partner in recent years. It has shown itself to be a reliable partner, and takes part in a large number of international programmes and European projects, the most important of which are Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and COST. In 2017 the faculty took part for the first time as a partner in two Erasmus+ projects, TRUNAK and HEPMP, as well as in the Alliance4Life project, which is part of the Horizon 2020 programme.
Faculty students are given a wide range of international exchange options during their studies as part of inter-faculty and inter-university agreements. For many years, program mobilnosti Erasmus+, has been the most popular programme, enabling students to undertake study exchanges or practical training at partner institutions abroad; and this is now possible after graduation as well. The internationalisation of the student body occasioned by the Erasmus+ programme also helps those students who remain in Ljubljana for the duration of their course, as their classes are joined by Erasmus+ students from other countries, who bring a new dynamic, new experiences and new examples of best practice with them. In recent years, the Faculty of Medicine has become increasingly attractive to students from partner universities, with numbers rising steadily. We host around 100 medical students from abroad annually, with student tutors on hand to ease them into faculty life. For more information on Erasmus+ and other mobility programmes, contact the faculty’s International Office.