Faculty of Law and Business Studies (FLBS) follows the vision and the mission of its founder, Catholic Institute. Catholic Institute makes research from the fields of social studies and humanities. In particular, its prime aim is to set up the foundation for the Catholic University by establishing higher education institutions, libraries, research centers and student dormitories that shall merge under the umbrella of a Catholic University (CU). The future CU shall present an active community of scholars and students with a particular focus on the needs and challenges arising in the societal local and global environment. As university it must present an autonomous place for study and a place that is serving for the benefit of academic development.
FLBS is autonomous in building its own identity and recognition by following the course that is defined in its founding documents. It must respect the rights of individuals and community and remain within the catholic domain. For the research and teaching it is free within common standards and principles for science and education that are applied internationally. The faculty must seek truth and cooperation with other (catholic and non-Catholic) universities from the region and beyond. Cooperation includes, but is not limited to research projects, teaching mobility, students’ mobility etc.
FLBS is autonomous community of scientists, teachers and students that respects personal freedom and dignity of each individual and is committed to contribute for a true science and expertise from the fields of humanities and social sciences and for a deeper culture and for a more complete realization of human-being.
FLBS will be known for its quality as a scientific-research and education community that is actively involved in international cooperation with the best catholic universities and other scientific and research institutions. It is a socially responsible and ethically-conscious institution that is known for its contribution to the social, cultural and economic life in Slovenia.
The basic strategic orientation of the Faculty of Law and Business Studies is to enhance the reputation of Catholic universities, which are known throughout the world as a world-class scientific research and educational institutions for their care for knowledge enhancement and maintenance of the core values of Western civilization.
The founder of the Faculty considers that the implementation of study programs shall enrich the Slovenian higher education, contributing to its quality and plurality, and above all allow students to choose where and under what conditions they want to study.
FLBS objectives are consistent with the guidelines of the National Programme of Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of RS, no. 20/2002), in particular at: an increase in the proportion of the employed population with higher education; achieving higher levels of students per 1,000 population; increasing the number of places in the entire tertiary education; increase in the number of students and graduates of postgraduate studies; promoting cooperation with industry and civil society; promoting international cooperation; integration of experienced scientists from around the world; increase the supply of courses and content plurality, or the enrichment of higher education, in order to ensure international comparability.
FLBS is open to all students, regardless of their personal beliefs or any other personal circumstances. FPPV will complement the activities of comparable institutions of higher education and scientific research institutes that already operate in Slovenia. The study program takes into account the guidelines of the Bologna reform process and the higher education legislation of the Republic of Slovenia.
CU must be established with the aim of becoming nation-wide learning institution and center of excellence. Depending on its origin and historical role of Catholic universities in the world KU has a responsibility to become an intellectual center of the highest quality. KU must be visible within the Catholic community.
Development Goals, which will enable the realization of our vision of the future KU are short-term (up to three years), medium term (three to five years) and long term (five years). In terms of content they can be divided into the following sections: research, curriculum, international cooperation, and responsibility for values.
The long term goal is to achieve leading position among comparable research-oriented institutions of comparable size, scope and traditions. KU will have to strive to keep its position of excellence in the fields of theology, philosophy, law and business.
Medium and long term objective of the research activities is to establish a research center for the purpose of upgrading the educational program, students' involvement in the research process, participation in domestic and international research competition (both state and private) and to transfer the acquired knowledge into the economy.
FLBS as an integral part of the future KU needs under long-term objectives efforts to support individuals with research potential, from which it can expect best research results on the long term. They are encouraged to do the writing of their own monographs, participate in scientific conferences, participate in scientific research tenders, published in domestic and foreign journals indexed in the SCI, SSCI or A & HCI, or in publications outside the SCI, SSCI or A & HCI, which are classified in international bibliographic database. The research work must be organized in a way that motivates researchers to apply even the most demanding domestic and international research projects.
FLBS encourages the preparation and participation in applied and fundamental research projects within the domestic and international public and private tenders. Policies and work in the field of research must come from the nature of the educational programs offered by FLBS and the supporting development pillars of the future CU.
Among the pillars for the functioning of the future KU will be its educational activities. Therefore, the faculty has devoted special attention to scientific research, education and training of students by offering high quality extracurricular programs outside the regular educational process.
FLBS must therefore provide education that reflects concern for comprehensive, careful, responsible, and diligent person with a desire for continuous education, which can be achieved by integrating the philosophy, humanities, social sciences, and business content into the curriculum. Education must go in a direction that promotes excellence and builds on the values of the Catholic tradition.
Teaching process must take place smoothly and on relevant way. The content of the curriculum should be reinforced by the latest examples of theory and practice. FLBS has to pay attention for the quality of the study program, upgrading of the existing curriculum and the preparation of new study programs.
In view of the abovementioned objectives FLBS must put efforts to enhance the visibility among those students of Catholic grammar schools and students of other secondary schools and grammar schools who want quality education based on critical thinking. This target group would be able to get attracted by exposing the focus of the education process on small groups and on personal growth.
FLBS has to offer a unique training and must seek to enable internships in enterprises for students in addition to theoretical knowledge to give them the opportunity to acquire experience in solving specific challenges from different areas of business activities. This means that parallel to the programs the FLBS needs to build a career center for students that would offer students a variety of options and help them to the achievement of their career goals.
The long-term goal is to create a high quality learning programs for domestic and foreign students and obtain a sufficient enrollment, which allows the development of the faculty, the fulfillment of the mission and promote its public appearance.
FLBS must be committed to strengthening international visibility to achieve the important goal of future CU, which is to become an internationally credible and respected partner and provider of research and education, and respected institution in Slovenia.
So, as the first faculty in the context of future CU, it must invest efforts to strengthen ties with research institutes and universities at home and abroad. To this end, it must build and maintain links with foreign experts and try to include them in the teaching process. It must be present in all relevant international mobility programs within the EU and cooperate with related educational institutions.
The medium-term objective of international cooperation is to strengthen the FLBS study programs with international experts, the participation of local staff in international educational process, preparation of international conferences, and participation in international conferences at home and abroad. It is necessary to strengthen ties with domestic and foreign educational and research institutions. In the medium term it is necessary to build an international summer school and to consider the possibility of deploying an international undergraduate and graduate education program. It has to be integrated into international initiatives and networking in international business schools.
The objectives of quality education are contained in the Quality Manual, and are known to all employees and collaborators in the implementation of programs at the FLBS. These are: