Faculty of polymer technology is a private non-profit HE institution located in Slovenj Gradec, outside the university centers in Slovenia. It provides bachelor and master programs in one of the most prosperous industry areas in the world. As the only academic institution focusing on polymer technology in Slovenia, FTPO bases its activities on three pillars: Education, Research and Industry cooperation. We strive to provide our students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become innovative and competent engineers that are fit for responsible tasks in their future assignments. To achieve these goals, we live by our values: Responsiveness, Continuous improvement, Practical Attitude and Personal Approach. In-line with the mission and values described above, one of our strategic goals is "Educating graduates to be fit for the challenges of the future in a rapidly changing world". In line with these strategic goal, we have developed and implemented various new activities in the area of innovative study methods, extracurricular activities, strenghthened the role of the Career center and International office, renewed our bachelor study program and the course syllabuses of the master study program, implemneted a new e-learning platform, developed a new tutor system and conducted several student projects with industry also with the help of national and EU funds.
Our management and staff is very motivated to implement new pedagogies and because of the small size and clear strategic goals described above, we can also be very agile in doing so and wish to become a good practice in this regard not only in Slovenia, but also the wider region. FTPO has cooperated in various national and EU projects, as a coordinator and partner and has all the necessary means and skills needed for successful project implementation and management (staff skills and experience, financial means, operational means, networks, quality assurance, communication and dissemination skills).
FTPO also has a wide network of HE partners in Slovenia and EU as well as a wide network and close cooperation with different national and regional agencies and ofcourse industry partners, it cooperates very closely also with regional secondary and primary schools, all this will ensure not only successful implementation but also wider impact and dissemination of the outcomes.