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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

slovak academic association for international cooperation

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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Czech Republic









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


...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


Take a walk

in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia


Take a deep breath

in High Tatras, the picturesque mountains


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

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)


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

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


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).

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.

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;


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),


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)

Useful links

  • www.srk (Rectors conference)

Thank you for your attention!


Viera Farkašová

Head of Unit of Academic programmes

and projects

SAAIC, Stare grunty 52, Bratislava


T: +421 2 654 12 336