We Add Knowledge to Life

University of Primorska, Faculty of Health Sciences, Polje 42, 6310 Izola
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The beginnings of the development of higher education in the Slovenian Littoral area go back to the sixties when the High School of Maritime Studies of Piran was established, and to the seventies, when fundamentals for other higher education institutions and colleges were set in Koper.

With the economic growth of Primorska region the need for its own University became even more evident, thus on 30th March 1993 a letter of intent envisioning the establishment of the University Study Centre was signed by the mayors of the Littoral communities, the president of the Littoral Assembly, and the representatives of the regional economy. On November 20, 1995 an additional letter of intent was signed, assuring the conditions for the development of higher education in the communities of Koper, Izola, and Piran. On the basis of these initiatives the Littoral communities established and financed the University Study Centre of Koper, whose aim was to facilitate the development of higher education in the region.

In 1997 the project for the establishment of the College of Health Care Izola started on the initiative of the Council of the University Study Centre of Koper. It took almost four years to finish the project. During this period all the requirements for the functioning of the college were fulfilled, i.e. a strong support received by professional and public institutions; adequate teaching and research faculty secured, educational bases established, premises and equipment provided and (last but not least) financial resources granted.

The Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia confirmed that the requirements for the establishment and operation of an independent higher education institution were met, thus the University Study Centre Council passed the Act about the establishment of the College of Health Care Izola on its 22nd March 2002 meeting. After the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia gave its consent to the introduction of the study programme Nursing Care (on 5th July 2002) the provisional senate of the CHCI invited candidates to enrol in the first year course.

In the academic year 2002/03 the first generation of sixty students from all over Slovenia was admitted. The study process was carried out in the rented premises of the Secondary Nursing School in Izola. There were 17 contractual lecturers employed at the College. It was the financial support of the Littoral communities that secured the execution of the study programme as at the time the college was still without licence.

The College of Health Care Izola is one of the seven founding members of the University of Primorska, which was established in April 2003. We started our second academic year (2003/2004) with the concession and our first permanently employed teaching faculty.

When Slovenia entered the European Union we aligned the study programme Nursing Care with Community rules on regulated professions.

In 2004/05 we started with the updated, undergraduate 3-year study programme of Nursing Care, which offers the graduates - nurses and health care workers - adequate knowledge and skills for an independent performing of their profession without preliminary probation. In 2005/06 the first part-time students enrolled. In 2007/08 we will admit 30 students to first year of the new study programme Nutritional Counselling - Dietetics.

Today the Faculty of Health Sciences (former College of Health Care Izola ) teaching faculty and staff guiding principles lay in the fact that students are not numbers, they are personalities, to be lead along the path of their education and qualification towards the diploma, with which they will become independent professionals. By doing so we hope - as all teachers do - to be surpassed some day.

Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“Undergraduate nursing study programme at UP FHS is very dynamic and varied. In addition to lectures, which give us the theoretical basis , newly acquired knowledge can be advantageously used in clinical training and later in our work. If you are interested in working with people and healthcare, this is the study for you!” - Mirko Ilić, Undergraduate Nursing Student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I decided to study dietetics because this field is very promising . Nowadays we are faced with the " obesity epidemic " and we could say that "We are what we eat". Also, this is the only study in Slovenia in the field of nutritional counselling. Studying on the beutiful Slovenian coast is just another plus. If you are interested in gaining knowledge for helping people achieving a healthier life style, than studying Nutritional counselling is right for you.” - Žan Virtnik, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student
Monika Santorini, študentka dietetike
“I started studying at the Faculty of Health Sciences because I was attracted by the study programme Nutritional counselling - Dietetics . At first I did not know what competences and knowledge the degree in Dietetics will bring me, but shortly after visiting the Faculty for the firs time I decided that this was the right study for me. During the study I learned about the impact of food on the human body and why it is important to eat fresh and high quality food. I am satisfied with my decision and studying on the coast also has its charms.” - Nina Medved, Undergraduate Nutritional counseling - dietetics student

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