Active participation in higher education
The main general goal of the project is to improve the quality and efficiency of teaching and learning in higher education and to empower individuals and institutions in higher education to actively respond to the challenges of preparing students for work and life in the 21st century in cooperation with other stakeholders and by exchanging good practices.
The project Designing for Enhanced Competence through Active Participation in Higher Education is financed by the Norwegian financial mechanism Norvay Grants by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia's Service for Development and European Cohesion Policy. Alma Mater Europaea – ECM, Pedagogical Institute, Student Organization of Slovenia, Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia and Kristiania University College from Norway participate in the project.
Alma Mater Europaea – European Center Maribor (AMEU) is an accredited private higher education institution, which is organized as a non-profit organization and which offers 18 study programs at undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. AMEU offers career-oriented higher education, especially in deficit areas of society, and strives to develop and maintain modern, interdisciplinary, interactive and student-centered learning environments. AMEU implements study programs in the field of health sciences, environmental issues, aging and intergenerational dialogue, technological development and digitalization, communication, management and business, and humanities. AMEU is recognized for its knowledge and experience in the development of programs in cooperation with economic and other entities, as well as national and international integration with educational, research and economic organizations. AMEU has more than 1400 students. Since its establishment in 2007, more than 1,200 graduates have graduated from the institution at all three levels of study. AMEU has the highest graduate employability rate among Slovenian higher education institutions and, due to its commitment to internationalization and diversity in teaching and learning, is also popular among foreign students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Under the patronage of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, AMEU implements a comprehensive approach to the learning and development of students by responding to the needs of the global market and society and adapting the guidelines and practices of high-quality international educational institutions.
AMEU is actively involved in research and application projects aimed at improving education and developing solutions related to health, social, environmental, cultural and economic challenges, and integrates knowledge and experience from research, projects and scientific activities into all forms of formal and informal learning processes. AMEU strives to provide high-quality, active learning environments that enable students to acquire knowledge and skills for the 21st century and prepare them for quality work and life after graduation. Due to the participation and the role of coordinator in the proposed project, the central purpose of which is to empower individuals and institutions in higher education to actively respond to the needs of modern society and prepare students for work and life in the 21st century, AMEU will strengthen the pursuit and realization of this mission. Through mutual learning and institutional cooperation and partnership with the selected and recognized Norwegian higher education institution KUC and other stakeholders in the field of modernization of education and promotion of learning and competences in higher education, AMEU will expand and deepen its inter-institutional and inter-sectoral relations in Slovenia and abroad, which will increase and improve its role, responsibility and contribution to education and society at the national and international level. New sustainably designed teaching tools and resources from the project (e.g. guidelines with an active learning model, an instrument for measuring the use of active learning guidelines, the UPUVI didactic program and the SOPI digital center) will provide teachers and other interested parties at the institution with a permanent knowledge base which they will be able to use and test to improve existing and develop new, advanced pedagogical practices in all forms of formal and informal learning at AMEU (e.g. lectures, exercises, mentoring, extracurricular courses, study practice and all other forms of learning). These new pedagogical practices designed according to the guidelines of active learning and the demands of the 21st century (including the role of higher education institutions to generate new knowledge) will enable AMEU to empower its students with the knowledge and skills necessary for both their professional and personal development and which promote lifelong learning, innovation and active participation in society.