History

Although the Faculty of Health Sciences is the youngest faculty of the University of Ljubljana, it has a long and rich history. Health education has a long standing tradition in Slovenia and goes back to the times of Maria Theresa; however it was not until 1954 that formal tertiary education in health sciences was introduced when three colleges were founded: Nursing College, College for Physiotherapists and College for Radiology Assistants. Studies at the Nursing College took three years, while the Higher Physiotherapy School and Higher Radiology School took two years to complete. The lectures were held at the former Ursuline Convent and Šempeter Rectory.

After eight years in 1962 the three institutions merged into the College for Health Workers with headquarters in Veselova ulica in Ljubljana. This opened up possibilities for further development. In 1964 the building of the new facility between Poljanska and Zemljemerska cesta began and courses for registered occupational therapists and sanitary technicians were introduced. In 1967 the college moved to the new facility and the construction of the second building began, although this was stopped once the foundations had been laid. However, the institution's activity was expanding –in 1985 the Laboratory Dental Prosthetics study programme was introduced with Orthotic and Prosthetic Engineering following two years later. The high quality work of the employees and contracted workers contributed to the fact that under the leadership of Dean Nives Merljak the college became a member of the University of Ljubljana in 1975 and began operating under university regulations.

The next turning point happened in 1993 when the College for Health Workers run by Juro Vuga, Majda Šlajmer and Miro Lubej became the College of Health Studies. In cooperation with the Faculty of Education, a university course in health education was introduced in the same year and in 1996 the higher professional education course for midwives in Health Care and Gynaecology - Obstetrics was introduced. Under the leadership of Dean Dr. Božo Kralj one floor was added in 2001, next year the passage and finally in 2005 the remaining section was built. During this time special attention was paid to the professional development of the employees and research work in health studies was beginning to be encouraged. This brought about a new turning point when in 2009, under Dean France Sevšek; the College of Health Studies was transformed into the Faculty of Health Studies.

Category: Introduction - general