Natural science campus takes shape in Ljubljana

A first-class educational-research centre is being established at the University of Ljubljana. Comprising two new faculties, it aims to boost the development of natural sciences and technology in and around the Slovenian capital.

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The project includes construction of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology (UL FKKT) and the Faculty of Computer and Information Science (UL FRI). The new buildings, which will be linked by a glass bridge, and related facilities will form the nucleus of a university natural science campus.

New premises and equipment

The project will establish a high-quality educational, scientific, research and development centre. It will extend capacity for the provision of University of Ljubljana research and study in the areas of chemistry, chemical technology, computer and information science. The investment comes under the Slovenian priorities for improving regional development, and which is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Comprising two new faculties, the centre will be built right next to the UL Biotechnical Faculty, the National Institute of Biology and the Technological Park. This should foster cross-collaboration in research, development and study.

Specific work under the project includes the construction of three buildings: the UL FKKT premises, the UL FRI premises and the common premises connected by a glass bridge. Each building will be specifically designed and outfitted with the required facilities and equipment.

Benefits for education and business

When up and running, the new centre will offer more than 90 additional work places for teachers, assistants, researchers and technical-administrative staff, plus another 30 in support services. This will result in a significant rise in graduates, doctors of science and students. For example, the share of students enrolled in natural sciences (compared to the total population of students in higher education) is expected to rise from 6.8 % to 9 % during and after the reference period ending 2028. Likewise, the share of students enrolled in technology is expected to grow from 13.5 % to 20 %.

According to forecasts, the number of articles and citations produced by those at the centre will increase – from some 190 to 475 and from 1 330 to 2 840 respectively. The faculties are also expected to generate two patents and four spin-offs. Direct contractual cooperation in research with business is set to double.

The new centre will therefore increase Slovenia’s competitive position in the field of science, especially chemistry, chemical technology, computer and information science. This will have a positive impact in corresponding economic areas, especially exports which are important contributors to the country’s economy.

Total and EU funding

The “New construction of UL FRRT and UL FRI” project has a total eligible budget of EUR 110 064 700, with the ERDF contributing EUR 75 265 000 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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