The history and development of the Faculty began in 1993 with the foundation of the College of Health Studies, University of Maribor. In 2007, due to its achievements in education and scientific research, the College was transformed, as the first in Slovenia, into a modern Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Maribor.
Partner relationships, creativity, professionalism and innovatively make the Faculty, according to recent data, also in 2015 one of most preferred higher education institutions within the University of Maribor, and in comparison with similar higher education institutions in Slovenia.
The Faculty of Health Sciences is known, both at home and abroad, as a high quality education and research institution, recognised for its excellent domestic and international higher education teachers and researchers, as well as its excellent students and graduates. The Faculty has established close cooperation with many highly recognised education and research institutions in Slovenia and abroad, thus providing the staff and students with endless opportunities for acquiring knowledge and experience. The Faculty has established fruitful cooperation with high quality clinical environment in Slovenia and abroad. Students acquire practical knowledge and skills by working with mentors, who are renowned experts in the field, and are closely connected with the Faculty. Under the guidance from their mentors, students can relate theory to practice and learn to provide safe and efficient health treatment of patients.
The Faculty cooperates with many renowned domestic and foreign-based research and educational institutions, which allows implementation of research projects, staff and student exchanges as well as participation of visiting professors in our study programmes. The Faculty gives strong support and provides for student exchange opportunities in Slovenia and abroad. In 2014, student exchange
was organised for the first time with the renowned and first faculty in the Russian Federation, the I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University in Moscow which provides nurse education at university level. The students had a part of their clinical practice at the university clinic in Moscow. We are witnessing a growing interest among students to have their clinical practice abroad.
The Faculty’s success in interdisciplinary scientific research is also seen in its success in obtaining student projects “A creative way to practical knowledge”, where the Faculty was among most successful institutions, both within the University and at national level, also in 2015. 24 students took part in student projects in 2014, and 52 are participating in 2015. In carrying out research, students of different study programmes work together with experts practitioners and academic staff. In addition to this, students have many opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by the Faculty in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners. Close cooperation with practical settings and involvement in scientific research enable the Faculty to provide education which is based on scientific evidence, develop new undergraduate and graduate study programmes and degree options which are necessary and relevant both at home and abroad. The Faculty is currently making efforts towards an accredited doctoral study programme.
The Faculty of Health Sciences was the first in the country to establish a state-of-the-art Simulation Centre and upgraded its well-equipped clinical simulation clinical environment, where students can develop their knowledge and skills through support from renowned domestic and foreign academic staff, the Faculty’s associates. We are aware that knowledge is the foundation for a holistic, humane and scientific evidence-based practice in nursing.
In addition, the Faculty is equipped with the latest information technology. Our study programs put strong emphasis to intertwining the content from the fields of nursing, health studies, medicine, bioinformatics and managementin health and social care. In collaboration with higher education teachers, students and experts from different disciplines, the Faculty carried out a substantial revision of the 1st degree study program Nursing Care. The revised study programme puts strong emphasis on acquiring knowledge in the field of nursing care and related disciplines, on integration of theory and practice, and on the use of acquired knowledge in patient care. Particular attention is paid to the acquisition of knowledge and experience for individual and holistic treatment of patients, which is based on ethics and morality, partnership, maintaining dignity and mutual respect.
Together with the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, we offer a 2nd cycle study programme “Bioinformatics”, and in cooperation with the Faculty of Organizational Sciences, a 2nd cycle study programme “Management in Health and Social Care”.
In addition to the present two study fields “Nursing Care” and “Emergency in Health Care” in our 2nd cycle study programme Nursing Care, two new study fields “Gerontological Nursing Care” and “Preventive Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics” are offered this year.
The study field “Gerontological Nursing Care” offers a range of subjects, which provide students with the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in the field of gerontological nursing, and a critical awareness of current issues relevant to the field.
The study field “Preventive nutrition and clinical dietetics” will focus on education of high-quality professional staff who will be able to raise awareness among the public and specific population target groups of the importance of healthy eating for maintaining health, of food safety, the importance of protection and promotion of health, and of nutrition of patients.
The Faculty set up an effective tutorial system with a purpose to help the students to overcome the initial difficulties in their study and in acquiring more demanding content. The tutorial system involves student tutors, academic staff and clinical mentors. The Faculty is setting up a Career Centre, which will help graduates to create their professional path.
All efforts are focused on their employability and employment. By becoming members of the Faculty’s Alumni Club, our graduates can remain connected with the Faculty, monitor its development and with their knowledge and experience contribute to its promotion.
The Faculty supports and promotes student-led activities at the faculty, university, national and international level. Students are encouraged to become members of national professional associations, to organize and take part in student conferences and round tables, to participate in the promotion of research, the profession, the Faculty and University, to take part in annual “Information Day” events, to take part and promote the Faculty in fairs, clinical settings and the like. Despite workload, students’ extracurricular activities are important for achieving a good balance of study load and entertainment.
For this purpose, we encourage our students to socialise with students from faculties and universities, attend events such as the annual “freshmen party”, concerts, sporting activities, and also to socialise at inter-university and international level.
Students have an important role in building professional cooperation and their professional identity, – for today and for the future. With their involvement and participation in research, they contribute to the development of knowledge for health and wellbeing of individuals and society. With your help, your efforts and work, and with cooperation, collaboration and mutual respect, we will achieve the goals that we have set.
By putting into practice our slogan “With knowledge to development and health”, we provide our students with the necessary knowledge and skills required for an excellent professional career.