Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology is temporarily headed by the Minister of Education and Sport

Igor Lukšič

Dr Igor Lukšič

 

Igor Lukšič was born on 3 December 1961 in Novo mesto. He holds a PhD in political sciences and is a professor of political science at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana. He graduated in 1986 and became a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty and later Assistant Professor. He was elected a Professor in 2003. He was the Chair of the Department of Political Science (1997-1999 and from 2007), Vice Dean (1999-2001) and Dean (2001-2003) of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

 

Between 1995 and 2008 he was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Teorija in praksa.  His research areas include political culture, the history of political ideas and political systems, and analysis of policies. He has written five books and published several articles in Slovene, German, English, Czech and Croatian. He has lectured at several international universities, including the Michigan State University at Kalamazoo, the University of California in Davis and the University of Genova. He has been the President of the Union of Slovenia Sports Societies at the University of Ljubljana.

 

Since 2005 he has been Vice-President of the Social Democrats. In September 2008 he was elected to the National Assembly and on 21 November 2008 he was elected the Minister of Education and Sport.

 

 

Organisation

Minister:

Igor Lukšič

fax: +386 1 478 47 23

e-mail: igor.luksic[@]gov.si

 

Secretary-General:

Mirko Stopar, MSc

Phone: +386 1 478 46 55

fax: +386 1 478 47 29

e-mail: mirko.stopar[@]gov.si

 

Public Relations:

Nataša Gerkeš

Phone: +386 1 478 46 85

fax: +386 1 478 47 23

e-mail: gov.sinatasa.gerkes[@]gov.sinatasa.gerkes@gov.si pr.mvzt[@]gov.si,

 

 


Directorates

Science and Technology Directorate

Director-General:

Dr. Jana Kolar

Phone: +386 1 478 46 00, fax: +386 1 478 47 24

e-mail: gp.mvzt[@]gov.si

 

Higher Education Directorate

Director-General:

Dr Stojan Sorčan

Phone: +386 1 478 46 22, fax: +386 1 478 47 24

e-mail: gp.mvzt[@]gov.si

  

Information Society Directorate

Director-General:

Marjan Turk

Phone: +386 1 478 46 62

fax: +386 1 478 46 65

e-mail: gp.mvzt[@]gov.si

 

Investment Directorate

Director-General:

Mitja Valič

phone: +386 1 478 4600

fax: +386 1 478 4719

e-mail: gp.mvzt[@]gov.si

 

 

Main Areas of Activity

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology performs tasks in the field of higher education, research, technology, metrology and promotion of the information society in the areas not covered by other ministries. The ministry also co-ordinates work in the field of the information society.

 

Directorate for Higher Education  performs tasks enabling planning, directing and financing of higher education activities, residential facilities for students and higher education libraries. It defines starting points and objectives of higher education policy; analyses the attainment of concrete goals; draws up the National Higher Education Programme, monitors and evaluates its effects; prepares legislative and other proposals; approves the calls for enrolment and the distribution of study programmes; determines, implements and analyses integral financing of higher education institutions, analyses socio-economic issues for students; performs expert tasks related to integration into the European Union Higher Education Area. It also participates in creating an information system for higher education; analyses and monitors financing; examines and settles at second instance appeals concerning Ad futura and students’ residential facilities.

 

Directorate for Science and Technology  defines the expert bases for the adoption of political documents in the field of research policy. It drafts laws and implementing regulations on research activities. It establishes and enhances the system of comprehensive analyses and monitoring of the situation and development in research, develops new tools for attaining research policy goals, and plans the required financial resources for research. Division for Technology performs tasks in the field of technological development and innovation by introducing modern concepts that promote technological development and innovation in the Slovenian industry. In its work it follows four basic orientations: horizontal incentives for R&D projects of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs); technology programmes in selected technological fields; R&D infrastructure and human resources development; participation of the economy in the international R&D area.

 

Directorate for the Information Society  is responsible for accelerated, harmonised and efficient development of the information society based on knowledge and life-long learning. This is in practice reflected in the transfer of knowledge, information and communications technologies and contents to schools and research institutions, public administration and local self-government bodies, the economy and civil society. In its work the Directorate co-operates with various organisations, including those in the field of legislation, security and privacy in the e-world, education, monitoring of indicators of the information society development, promotion of software development and its localisation based on an open and free source, scientific and expert meetings, projects bridging the digital divide and others.

 

Directorate for Investments  forms investment policy in the area of higher education and science. In addition to direct investments in scientific and higher education infrastructure, it deals with the provision of permanent spatial solutions and thus creating high-quality working conditions for the functioning of universities, public research institutes, institutes and student homes. It also provides funds for investment maintenance and is responsible for the effective management and transparent and rational use of investment funds.

 

The International Relations and European Affairs Office (IREAO) is responsible for the appropriate promotion of the interests of the Republic of Slovenia in the fields of competence of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MHEST) in the international community. On the basis of Slovenia’s foreign policy guidelines, the IREAO coordinates and harmonizes the activities of the representatives of the MHEST in bodies and institutions of the EU, OECD and other international structures. For this purpose it provides an overview of international cooperation and European affairs of the MHEST and proposes, prepares and conducts certain operations.

 

The Metrology Institute of the Republic of Slovenia  is an independently operating body within the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. The Metrology Institute determines and runs the national metrology system in Slovenia, including t he field of precious metal articles, and procedures related to the Slovenian Business Excellence Prize. It represents these systems in the corresponding international organisations, and develops them in an internationally comparable and recognisable way.

 

The Inspectorate for Electronic Communications, Electronic Signature and Post  is also an independently operating body within the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, which carries out direct supervision of the implementation of laws and implementing regulations in the area of electronic communications and post. In this respect, its competences in the area of electronic communications and post are supplemented by competences of authorised persons from the Post and Electronic Communications Agency of the Republic of Slovenia (APEK) with regard to supervision in both areas. The Inspectorate also performs tasks and inspections in accordance with the law governing electronic commerce and electronic signatures.

 

Bodies Affiliated to the Ministry

Metrology Institute of the RS (MIRS)

Grudnovo nabrežje 17, 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 244 27 00

fax: +386 1 244 27 14

e-mail: mirs[@]gov.si

Internet: www.mirs.si 

 

Director: dr. Samo Kopač

Phone: +386 1 244 27 19

fax: +386 1 244 27 14

e-mail: samo.kopac[@]gov.si

 

The Metrology Institute of the RS (MIRS) as a national institution is responsible for establishing and managing the national metrology system of the RS, including the system for precious metal products, and activities related to the Business Excellence Prize of the RS. It presents these systems in appropriate international organisations and develops them in an internationally comparable and recognizable way.

The stated activities and systems reflect a technically high quality infrastructure, which modern countries in particular badly need, and which is essential for successful scientific, technological and economic development, as well as for the successful and equal inclusion of Slovenia in European as well as broader international integrations. It is therefore vital to develop the aforementioned infrastructure, at least in all the key areas of Slovenia’s needs.

MIRS builds up and maintains the system of the Business Excellence Prize of the RS and performs the necessary technical and administrative tasks for the needs of the programme.

The Business Excellence Prize of the RS is the highest national award in the framework of the National Quality Programme of the RS in the field of product and service quality, as well as business performance quality, which is the result of the development of knowledge and innovation.

 

 

Inspectorate for Electronic Communications, Electronic Signature and Post

 

Kotnikova 28, 1508 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 308 32 92

telefaks: +386 1 308 32 98

Internet: http://www.iekepp.gov.si/en/ 

 

Chief Inspector: Peter Mraz

e-mail: peter.mraz[@]gov.si

 

The Slovenian Inspectorate for Electronic Communications, Electronic Signature and Post is an independently functioning body within the Ministry of the Economy, and directly oversees implementation of laws and implementing regulations in the area of electronic communications and the postal service. Here its competence in the area of electronic communications and postal services is complemented by the competence exercised in overseeing these two areas by authorised persons from Slovenia's Agency for Post and Electronic Communications (APEK). The Inspectorate also performs inspection assignments in accordance with the law regulating e-commerce and

electronic signatures.