Information about the Faculty
On 4 June 2004, the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia granted the Celje School of Commerce approval for the introduction of the higher education study programme in Commerce. Graduates of the programme earn the title of Bachelor of Economics.
The Celje School of Commerce was entered in the register of higher education institutions at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport with Decision No. 601-01-31/2004.
The School was reformed into the Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences and entered in the register of higher education institutions at the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology with Decision No. 60392-86/2008/4.
The mission of the Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences (FCBS) is to provide business organisations and the public and third sectors with highly trained economists who are qualified to perform important jobs in various organisations. By operating in Celje, the Faculty aims to bring the opportunity of attaining higher education to students from the Celjsko-Savinjsko region and appeal to them with uniquely oriented study programmes, which will also attract students to other FCBS training centres across Slovenia. In order to ensure appropriately oriented programmes, the FCBS is constantly and systematically developing quality co-operation with students’ potential employers. Research activities of the FCBS are focused predominantly on the needs and requirements of the end users.
The FCBS (formerly the Celje School for Commerce) was founded by the education company Abitura d.o.o. Celje. Although the school was not founded to bring profit to its owners, it does aim to be economically successful. It is effectively organised and provides students with lectures of the highest quality, as well as with the required technical equipment at competitive prices. The FCBS attracted high-quality teaching and other staff by ensuring an environment focused on co-operation and excellent teaching conditions.
We will continue to carry out our mission in all three cycles of the Bologna process, organised either by the FCBS alone or in co-operation with other higher education institutions in Slovenia and abroad.
The Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences aims to become one of the leading private schools of commerce in Slovenia and to be recognised as one of the best in Europe. The effective combination of theory and practice produces highly qualified graduates with skills and knowledge applicable in the business and public sectors at the European level. The FCBS appeals to prospective students and their potential employers by setting a high standard of quality.
The Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences is implementing 1st and 2nd cycle study programmes (as specified by the Bologna Declaration). Undergraduate studies are completed with a bachelor thesis; students qualify for the title of Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor of Business Informatics, or Bachelor of Tourism Management. Postgraduate studies are completed with a master’s thesis; students qualify for the title of Master of Business Studies. The use of the ECTS grading system enables students to spend a semester at another higher education institution or faculty in Slovenia or abroad.
Our strategic guidelines focus mainly on newly introduced research activities and on providing students with the opportunity to earn a master's or doctoral degree from the FCBS or its partner organisations in Slovenia and, in future, from partner organisations abroad.
Comparability with Other Study Programmes
Our higher education programmes in Commerce, Business Informatics, and Tourism, and the postgraduate programme in Commerce are designed to be comparable to similar European programmes, such as:
- the Degree in Business Administration undergraduate programme at Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy,
- the BSc Management and Systems undergraduate programme at the Cass Business School, City of London, UK,
- the Computing for Business undergraduate programme at the University of Leeds, UK,
- the Wirtschaftsinformatik undergraduate programme in Munich, Germany,
- the Business Informatics undergraduate programme in Canberra, Australia,
- the Malo i srednje poduzetništvo u turizmu i hoteljirstvu undergraduate programme in Opatija, Croatia,
- the Tourism and Hospitaliy Managment-BBA undergraduate programme in Vienna, Austria,
- the Bachelor of Science in Tourism undergraduate programme in Chur, Switzerland,
- the MSc in Economics & Business Administration postgraduate programme at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark,
- the MSc in Economics and Business Administration postgraduate programme at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Norway, and
- the Master of Science in Market Management postgraduate programme at Università Bocconi, Milan, Italy.
The Faculty for Commercial and Business Sciences has five associated units in: Ljubljana, Maribor, Nova Gorica, Murska Sobota, and Kranj.
unit is in Emona Efekta d.o.o., Stegne 21 c. The organiser of studies in Ljubljana is lecturer Marija Dežman, BSc (Econ).
unit is in Višja strokovna šola Academia d.o.o. The organiser of studies in Maribor is senior lecturer Mirjana Ivanuša-Bezjak, MSc (Econ).
The Nova Gorica
unit is in Lampret Consulting d.o.o., Ulica Tolminskih puntarjev 4. The organiser of studies in Nova Gorica is Miran Lampret, BSc (Econ).
The Murska Sobota
unit is in the Murska Sobota School of Economics, Noršinska ulica 13. The organiser of studies in Murska Sobota is Marika Šadl, BSc (Econ).
unit is in B&B, izobraževanje in usposabljanje, d.o.o., Cesta Staneta Žagarja 27a. The organiser of studies in Kranj is Branko Lotrič, MSc.
The Slovenj Gradec
unit is in Šolski center SG, Višja strokovna šola, Koroška ulica 11. The organiser of studies in Slovenj Gradec is Gabrijela Kotnik, MSc.
The Rogaška Slatina
unit is in Prah izobraževalni center, d. o. o., Kidričeva 28. The organiser of studies in Rogaška Slatina is Anita Ogrizek, BSc (Econ.).
The internationalisation processes of the FCBS are run on two levels. The first level is intended to provide students and teaching staff with the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and experience by studying or teaching abroad. The aim of the second level is to transfer our study programmes abroad. The FCBS is interested in co-operation with higher education institutions in the EU and in other countries and aims to gain international recognition. Bilateral co-operation is carried out in the form of teaching staff visits, joint research projects and student exchanges, as well as the implementation of our undergraduate programmes in co-operation with partner institutions abroad.
The FCBS has already signed a number of mutual co-operation contracts and agreements with foreign institutes, faculties and universities. These agreements cover co-operation in the fields of student exchanges and research, co-operation between institutions when organising and attending conferences, various exchanges of study literature, and, mainly, co-operation in the fields of study connected to our accredited programmes (Commerce, Tourism and Business Informatics).
We provide several options for studying or working abroad. They are intended for students and teachers who wish to obtain additional knowledge and experience abroad, have the motivation to make the most of diverse environments at foreign institutions, and who will benefit from their experiences abroad when continuing their studies or furthering their career.
Socrates Erasmus is a European Union action programme aimed at promoting international co-operation in the field of education by increasing student, teacher and professional staff mobility and enabling them to study or train at a university in an EU member state. The FCBS holds the Erasmus University Charter (EUC) No. 236585-IC-1-2007-1-SI-ERASMUS-EUC-1.
The EU Socrates Erasmus programme is aimed at the young, students, adults and teachers. The goal of Socrates is to develop a European dimension of life-long learning. The goal of Erasmus is to improve the quality and European dimension of higher education in participating countries. This will be achieved with increased student and teaching staff mobility, joint projects of study programme and module development, intensive study programmes (summer and winter schools), thematic department/faculty networks in Europe, and the introduction of the Diploma Supplement (DS) and European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) for study abroad periods.
Bilateral agreements between the FCBS and partner institutions enable exchanges of students, teachers and other professional staff. The duration of each individual exchange is detailed in the corresponding bilateral agreement.
By signing the bilateral agreement, the institutions agree that visiting students are exempt from tuition fees and that grades received at the host institution will be accredited at the home institution. The bilateral agreement does not include the reimbursement of accommodation expenses during the exchange.
There are 31 participating countries: the EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Central and Eastern European associate members.
Bilateral agreements are signed with universities that implement quality study programmes relevant to our students and teachers, and vice versa. The partner institutions agree to exchange students reciprocally and to waiver the tuition fees of visiting students. Students pay tuition fees to their home institutions (where applicable). Students visiting the partner institution must have the same conditions as home students.
Implementation of the Undergraduate Programme in Commerce in Austria
The internationalisation of the FCBS is a process of increasing importance. We are already implementing the undergraduate programme in Commerce in Austria in co-operation with the Salzburg Institut für Management. The first unit is in Salzburg; in autumn 2009, the second unit will open in Vienna.
The Institut für Management (IfM) has developed and gained accreditation for the MBA programme in General Management. In co-operation with the IfM, we will begin the implementation of this programme in Slovenia in October 2009, provided that there be a sufficient number of candidates. The programme will include lecturers from Slovenia and abroad.
The FCBS is also working with AIESEC, the world’s largest student organisation helping young people worldwide develop their potential and have a positive influence on society. AIESEC members can choose from over 5,500 internships and training placements in over 100 countries. In co-operation with AIESEC, we strive to form a social network and develop new ambitions for the future. Through working and living in a new culture and environment, AIESEC members acquire new knowledge and experience. See www.aiesec.org
for more information.