Cooperation in today’s common European research area started as early as in the middle of 1990s, when we joined the 4th Framework Programme and TEMPUS projects. The latter served us to completely renovate our study programmes, especialy geodesy, and helped us introduce new study programme Water Management and Municipal Engineering. Lately a major focus has been on the projects of the European Commission, mainly 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, as well as other programmes such as COST, Leonardo da Vinci, Interreg and other forms of international cooperation. Thus, each year the Faculty’s researchers are participating in about 70 national and international projects.
From the very beginning we have been actively involved in the “Young Researcher” programme, extended in the last few years also with candidates from companies which cooperate with the faculty. Each year the average number of young researches is around 30. The average number of employees holding PhD degree has already exceeded 70. The number of high quality scientific publications has been constantly growing. We have invested considerably in research equipment, mainly our own funds collected from research projects, and later on from research programmes, from funds earmarked for the work of young researches and from the revenues created with professional and research work on the market. We have acquired our research equipment partially also with special tenders, lately by the Slovenian Research Agency.
We have always been striving towards strong information support of the research aera and have invested substantially into professional ans scientific periodical publications and books, lately very successfully as members of the UL consortium. Thus, each year around 2,500 units of material are bought, of that over 300 titles of periodical publications.