Research and development


8 major successes of UP in the last 10 years (2011-2019):

  1. InnoRenew CoE - the largest research project in Slovenia

The University of Primorska, together with its partners, established a Center of Excellence in the field of renewable materials and healthy living environments. The centre employs 44 top researchers from 14 countries who are developing innovative and interdisciplinary approaches in wood modification and restorative environmental and ergonomic design.

InnoRenew CoE is co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union; H2020 WIDESPREAD-2-Teaming: #739574 and the Republic of Slovenia from the European Regional and Development Fund.

  1. 8ECM - European Congress of Mathematics

Between 5 and 11 July 2020, our University of Primorska will host the 8th European Congress of Mathematics (8ECM) in the seaside town of Portorož. Between 1500 – 2000 researchers and doctoral students from across Europe and the world are expected to attend the year's largest event in mathematics. 8ECM will be a global gathering place for many educational institutions, organizations, publishing houses and various companies searching for future co-workers or research cooperation.

  1. Cooperation with Lomonosov Moscow State University

Moscow State University M. V. Lomonosov, together with the University of Primorska, established the MSU Lomonosov Branch in Koper. Its main purpose is to educate and promote economic cooperation between European countries and Russia.

  1. Publishing top science journals

UP has upgraded its publishing activity. Ars Mathematica Contemporanea (AMC) is the university's most successful journal. AMC has been ranked first in the list of Slovenian scientific journals on the SCImago Journal and Country Rank portal since 2014. In 2011, it was included in the list of journals indexed by SCI. Since 2013, the publication of the journal has been co-financed by ARRS. AMC is published by UP in cooperation with the Slovenian Society for Discrete and Applied Mathematics, the Slovenian Mathematics, Physicists and Astronomers Society and the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics.

Two other magazines published by UP, the Elementary Education Magazine (Revija za elementarno izobraževanje) and Academica Turistica – Tourism and Innovation Journal, are indexed in the SCOPUS database.

  1. “Global Top 25 Performers” Recognition

In the field of internationalization, UP has achieved and exceeded its strategic goals. UP is actively striving for greater visibility in the international environment. Strengthening openness, accessibility and cooperation with international partners has enabled UP to involve more foreign experts in learning and research processes and to offer study programs in both the Slovenian and English language. Such efforts have led to more international funding and a growing number of international students. The success was also confirmed by the 2019 rating of U-Multirank, according to which UP was ranked among the "Global Top 25 Performers" in the category of internationally-oriented programs.

  1. Scientific excellence

The numerous awards and recognitions received by UP employees confirm its scientific excellence. Among the most recognized national awards in the field of science (2011-2019) are three Zois Awards for Excellence, three Zois Awards and the Ambassador of Science of the Republic of Slovenia.

The number of scientific publications and their citations produced by UP researchers has also increased. The increase in scientific productivity is also reflected in the number of publications in international journals listed in the citation indexes of SCI, SSCI and A & HCI, which rose from 120 in 2011 to 235 in 2018.

  1. Infrastructure

UP has increased student accommodation and increased and improved academic and research facilities.

Due to its success in obtaining projects, the University has been able to invest in the best research equipment that enables cutting-edge research and teaching work. The total value of the research equipment acquired over the last five years exceeds 4.5 million Euros.

  1. Increase in interdisciplinary activities

Part of UP's recent success can be attributed to increased collaboration within and between faculties. Doctoral projects, specifically designed to bring together the various sciences, have begun to strengthen faculty collaboration, foster innovation and open up new insights. This interdisciplinary work is supported by national and international projects that bring together diverse disciplines and bring research organizations, industry and associations and other stakeholders together in search of new knowledge.

Since 2011, UP's role in international projects has gradually increased with the increasing number of submitted project applications, acquired projects and projects where UP is a leading partner. UP organizes 10 to 15 international conferences and workshops each year, bringing together regional, national and international partners.