The University of Maribor Receives the National Award Apple of Quality

The University of Maribor received the national award Apple of Quality 2018 (Slovene: Jabolko kakovosti 2018) in two categories – Success Story within the Erasmus+ Programme in Higher Education and for Special Achievements in International Cooperation within the CEEPUS Programme.

The traditional national award Apple of Quality is presented by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS).

It has been highlighted that the Department of International Cooperation of the University of Maribor, together with the Erasmus+ coordinators from various faculties of the University of Maribor, used a strategic approach to mobility projects and a developed support system, met the needs of students and staff, adapted to them in a timely manner, as well as to the programme rules and contractual commitments.

The Apple of Quality 2018 award for special achievements in international cooperation was presented to the Ars-Techne network. Ars-Techne: Creative Design and Innovation is a network operating under the CEEPUS programme, which last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of its activity. The network of the University of Maribor, one of the first participants of the programme, played an important role in the field of textile education and increasing mobility in international cooperation.

The network is distinguished by the CEEPUS interdisciplinary concept of the Design Week winter school. It brings together disciplines in science and art, which in the format of lectures and a wide range of practically oriented creative workshops introduce students to the theoretical and practical aspects of design in the widest sense. Teaching of various disciplines, causing the interaction between science, art and society, the development of new ideas and their application in real conditions are of great importance.