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„Dobrý deň!“ *. * means „Good afternoon “ in the Slovak language. Non-governmental association (members are Slovak higher education institutions) Support and Coordination of International Cooperation of Slovak universities

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„Dobrý deň!“ *

* means „Good afternoon“ in the Slovak language

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  • Non-governmental association (members are Slovak higher education institutions)

  • Support and Coordination of International Cooperation of Slovak universities

  • Information, consulting and advisory services about international educational programmes (LLP, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus and other EU programmes and projects)

  • Publish information materials and promote Slovak education abroad.

Slovak Academic Association For International Cooperation

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Where can you find Slovakia?In the heart of Europe

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Take a closer view




Czech Republic








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Some facts on Slovakia

Establishment: January 1st, 1993

(former part of Czecho-slovakia)

State organisation: Republic

Political system: Parliamentary democracy

Official language: Slovak

Capital city: Bratislava

Area: 49,035 km2

Population: 5.4 million

Population density: 109/km2

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...more facts

Ethnicity of the population: Slovak (85.8%), Hungarian (9.7%), Romany (1.7%), Czech (0.8%), Ruthenians, Ukrainian, Russian, German, Polish and others (2%)

Population by religion: Roman Catholic (68.9%), Evangelical Lutheran (6.9%), Greek Catholic (4.1%), Reform Christian (2%), Orthodox (0,09%)Jewish (0, 04%), without denomination (13.7%)

Currency: Slovak crown (1EUR = 33,4 SKK)

Climate: continental character with warm summers and cold winters

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Take a walk

in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia

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Take a deep breath

in High Tatras, the picturesque mountains

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The overview

of Higher Education Institutions

in the Slovak Republic

  • 20 public HEIs (mainly state budget) –

  • in all regional capitals Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra,

  • Trenčín, Žilina, B.Bystrica, Prešov, Košice)

  • 10 private HEIs (mainly own financial means)

  • 3 state HEIs (mainly state budget)

  • Until today – all publicHEIs – university type

  • At present – new law under the preparation – 3 types:

  • university, HEI, professional HEI

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Bologna process in the Slovak Republic

Slovakia is among the first countries which signed the Bologna declaration – today 46 countries signed

Implementation of BP

Legislative changes:

Act on HE introduced 3 cycle system in 2002 (it was already declared before the Bologna declaration)

Separate decree introduced the credit system in 2002

Starting academic year 2005/2006 all new study programmes have to follow the new legislation completely (3cycle and credits)

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System of Higher Education

  • According the Higher Education Act adapted in April 2002 : 3-cycle system of HE:

  • Bachelor – 3-4 years (180-240 credits)

  • Master- 1,5-2 years (90 – 120 credits)

  • PhD study- 3 years (180 credits)

  • Starting 2005/2006 – long-cycle study programmes have been phased out (there are exceptions – theology, medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy)

  • New study programmes – according to the new legislation

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System of Higher Education

ECTS – starting 2002 the credit system has been implemented (for both transfer and accumulation purposes)and the information packages issued by all HEIs starting the academic year 2005/2006 as obligatory at all 3 levels.

ECTS – academic year/2 semesters/60 credits

Diploma supplement – to be introduced for the graduates starting to study in 2005/2006

Recognition – individual study/Erasmus mobility

diplomas/ NARIC

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System of Higher Education

  • Accreditation & Evaluation

  • Accreditation Commission (state body) – gives the opinion on ability of the HEI to carry out:

  • the study programmes, change of the field of study

  • PhD study programmes;

  • habilitation procedures and nomination of the

  • professors;

  • classification of the HEIs (e.g. research university);

  • complex accreditation of HEIs (every 6 years).

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System of Higher Education

  • External evaluation

  • Accreditation Commission – using internal evaluation

  • processes, peer reviews

  • Project of the Institutional evaluation of the HEIs: all 20 public HEIs, 2 state and 1 private HEI participate in the cooperation with EUA:

  • Quality of HE as the priority of the Slovak HEIs;

  • Creation of the system of QE/separation of the accreditation;

  • 3. Institutional evaluation and self-evaluation.

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Internationalization of Slovak

Higher Education

1990 – change of the HEIs position & new possibilities

opened to the Western countries

Tempus – support to the development of HE

multilateral cooperation projects;

1998 - Socrates/Erasmus new dimension /not only

outgoing students but incoming (very low

amounts, after 2004 rapidly increased

bilateral agreements – with all EU, EFTA and

candidate countries;

2007 - Life-long learning Programme/Erasmus,

Comenius, Grundtvig, Jean Monet;

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Internationalization of Slovak

Higher Education

TEMPUS -EU countries with 3 regions - former countries of UdSSR, West Balkan and Mediterian coast countries,

Erasmus Mundus – joint masters courses of EU countries – individual scholarships for all 3rd countries (students and scholars)

EM - External Cooperation window – projects and mobility with 3rd countries HEIs

EU – USA, Canada, Australia, Japan

AsiaLink, Alban, ALFA (South Amerika)

CEEPUS, bilateral programmes (AT, DAAD, Norway),

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What will the students need?

  • Admission to Higher Education Institutions

  • secondary school leaving certificate

  • demonstration of skills required for the appropriate study in HEI

  • Entrance examination

  • depending on field of study

  • mainly written (tests)

  • talent examination (art universities)

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Useful links

  • www.saaic.sk

  • www.eurydice.sk

  • www.saia.sk

  • www.srk (Rectors conference)

  • www.slovakia.sk

  • www.tatry.sk

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Thank you for your attention!


Viera Farkašová

Head of Unit of Academic programmes

and projects

SAAIC, Stare grunty 52, Bratislava

e-mail: [email protected]

T: +421 2 654 12 336