The City of Ljubljana and the University of Ljubljana signed an agreement on long-term cooperation
On 19 January 2023, Mayor Zoran Janković and Chancellor of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Gregor Majdič, signed an agreement on long-term cooperation in the field of sustainable development, infrastructure, culture and art, dealing with housing issues, promoting and organizing work, joint projects and international cooperation between the two institutions.
The cooperation between the University of Ljubljana and the City of Ljubljana has been excellent thus far, even though the two institutions have not yet had such an agreement.
Based on the cooperation agreement, the University of Ljubljana, as the largest and oldest higher education, scientific and research institution in Slovenia and the capital Ljubljana as a university city, will adopt an action plan with concrete projects for the current year by the end of January each year.
Both institutions have been cooperating well for many years in coordinating the preparation of the municipal spatial plan in such a way that it also includes the needs of the University of Ljubljana. In the coming years, it also plans to invest in new facilities for its faculties and academies. In December 2022, the construction of the Campus of the Faculty of Medicine on Vraz Square and the new building of the Veterinary Faculty began, and soon the construction of the new buildings of the Faculty of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering will also begin, the documentation for the earliest possible start of the construction of the new Academy of Fine Arts and Design on Roška Street is also being prepared.
One of the first major joint events of the University of Ljubljana and the City of Ljubljana is last year's first public promotion of doctoral graduates and the presentation of awards for important works of art on Congress Square in front of the headquarters of the University of Ljubljana. This year, this big celebratory event is planned for 9 June.
The University of Ljubljana and the City of Ljubljana will work with competent ministries to find a systemic solution for the situation at the University Botanic Gardens Ljubljana. The University of Ljubljana will also participate in activities within the framework of the newly developed Rog Centre.
In the field of sustainable development, a plan will be prepared for installing BicikeLJ stations near those academies or faculties where there are not yet set up. After the analysis, the possibilities of introducing additional, perhaps faster, bus lines that would better connect the faculties with the city centre will be examined. Currently, the Biotechnical Faculty, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology and the Faculty of Computer and Information Science are the most poorly connected.