Slovenian Student Union (SSU)
Slovenian Student Union (SSU) is a dedicated organization encompassing all Slovenian students and aiming to meet the interests of more than 100.000 students of Slovenian faculties, academies, professional and vocational colleges as well as foreign institutions of higher education. Its history began with the 1994 Students Association Act, but it was only after the passing of the new Student Constitution in November 2002 that the idea to launch a uniform representation of students’ interests at the national level became a fully functional reality.
In accordance with the new Student Constitution, the SSU acts as an umbrella organization comprising student organizations of universities, independent institutions of higher education and vocational colleges, local student organizations and interest-based student associations. Current members of the SSU are the following: Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana, Student Organization of the University of Maribor, Student Organization of the University of Primorska and Student clubs association of Slovenia.
All SSU member organizations appoint their representatives to SSU bodies to ensure hands-on involvement and contribute to the development of the umbrella organization while doing their best to meet the interests of students at the university or local level, whichever is applicable. SSU has legislative (parliament), executive (presidency) and supervisor organs.
Being an umbrella organisation, the SSU focuses primarily on ensuring favourable studying conditions, streamlining accessibility to higher education, improving students’ social standing and developing a framework of formal and non-formal education. We accomplish the defined objectives particularly by being actively involved in the formulation of our national policy and programmes related to higher education, scholarships, student housing and employment. Another focal point of our activities is addressing both student health care issues and problems concerning employment of new graduates.
Resolving student-related issues is generally done in close cooperation with the Government’s Council for Student Issues and working parties under its authority. However, certain issues require us to join forces with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs.
University student organisations and student clubs within the SSU framework are responsible for ensuring that resolutions adopted within SSU are effectively, successfully and promptly transferred to and implemented at university and local levels respectively. At the same time we are teaming up with university student councils and other relevant student bodies and associations.
Where to find Slovenian Student Union
SI – 1000 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 28 06 800
Fax: +386 1 28 06 807
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) was founded 1925 as a political legacy of Germany ‘s first democratically elected president, Friedrich Ebert. As a private cultural non-profit organisation, it is committed to the ideas and basic values of social democracy. Today, the Foundation works in more than one hundred countries worldwide, and in cooperation with local partners – including a variety of institutions, organisations, and relevant societal groups – it endeavours to serve the following aims:
The main activities of the Foundation include the organisation conferences, seminars, workshops and round-table discussions, advisory services to decision makers, NGOs, and trade unions, support of policy oriented research and publications, study visits and exchanges of experience. The Zagreb office of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung opened in 1996. In addition to the considerable engagement in Croatia, in 2006 the Zagreb office was assigned to be responsible for FES activities in Slovenia. The main objectives of its work in Croatia and Slovenia are:
Further information is available on the web-site: www.fes.hr