University of Ljubljana
University of Ljubljana is the oldest, largest, and internationally best-ranked university in Slovenia, being among the top 500 universities according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities Shanghai ranking (ARWU). It was founded in 1919 and encompasses 23 faculties, 3 art academies, and 3 associated members.
With over 40.000 students UL ranks among the largest HEIs in Europe. It employs approximately 6.000 employees, with more than 3.500 academic staff, ranking as medium sized HEI. Study programmes cover all ISCED areas in the first and second cycle study programmes and UL leads the way in some new developments in technology and research (cognitive science, nanotechnologies, environmental sciences, biomedicine, etc.).
From 2008 UL is committed to respecting the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for Recruitment of Researchers, which led to the award of the “HR Excellence in Research” in 2013.
To protect the university intellectual property developed through the public financed research projects and to improve the technology transfer from the university to the industry, a central university Technology Transfer Office was established in 2007. University develops and accelerates the research also through the University Committee for R&D, and Committee for Innovation, which consists of representatives of most propulsive Faculties. The University Incubator and Institute for Innovation and Development and the Slovenian Innovation Hub are three other units in which the University of Ljubljana supports innovation and development in different ways along with laboratories and other research units within Faculties.
Professor Dr. Polona Vilar has over 20 years of experience in various national and international researh projects and cooperations with many research institutions (City, University of London, universities of Graz, Hildesheim, Pisa, Barcelona, Zadar, Osijek, Zagreb etc. She is editor-in-chief of national scientific journal Knjižnica, member of Slovenian National Council for Libraries, IFLA Standing ommittee in Information Literacy, Steering Committee of ISIC conference, and permanent Advisory Board of CoLIS conference. Especially her experience in Information Literacy and related literacies is very relevant to the IPEDU project, also in the context of Lifelong Learning.