Between Academic Self-Governance and State Control: The Case of the University of Ljubljana

Between Academic Self-Governance and State Control: The Case of the University of Ljubljana

Ivan Svetlik (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Copyright: © 2019 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7441-5.ch011

Abstract

This chapter presents the model of university governance at the University of Ljubljana. Basic information on the university and its history is given at the beginning. The chapter continues with the description of the university governing bodies and procedures, and with the national system of higher education governance which significantly shapes the institutional governance. The presentation is based on the University of Ljubljana and national documents, and on the author's introspection being rector of the university in the period 2013–2017. Referring to some recent scientific publications, the chapter concludes with the discussion on the governing dilemmas and responses to the existing University of Ljubljana governance model which may be described as an amalgam where the primary tension exists between academic self-governance and the state-centered elements. This tension could be expressed as a permanent struggle for greater autonomy within the university and for control of the university by the state and other external stakeholders.
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Institutional Governance

The model of governance implemented at the University of Ljubljana may be described as an amalgam, with an accent on stakeholders and academic staff (collegial) model elements (Trakman, 2008). It occurs on two levels: central (university) and departmental (faculty) (UL, 2017). The main governing bodies on each level are senates, governing boards and student councils. The top executive bodies at university level are the rector and secretary general and, at the faculty level, the dean and faculty secretary. An organizational peculiarity of the University of Ljubljana is that the faculties hold dual legal statuses. When providing publicly financed programs they are subunits of the university, but when they apply for projects in the open market they do so as independent entities.

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