Quick Facts about Famnit 2012/13print
Freshmen (Fall 2012)
* Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Ukraine
** Croatia, Serbia
*** Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Mexico, Poland, Russia
Female: 450 (64 %)
Male: 250 (36 %)
Famnit Students Share in the Structure of UP Students
The number of UP students: 6606
The number of FAMNIT students: 700 (10,6%)
Undergraduate Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 6,62
Enrollment by Study Programmes
Undergraduate Programmes (full-time):
- Mathematics: 36 (1st year: 13 / 2nd year: 9 / 3rd year: 5 / pre-graduation year: 9)
- Mathematics in Economics and Finance: 29 (12/4/4/9)
- Computer Science: 90 (45/14/13/18)
- Bioinformatics: 15 (5/2/6/2)
- Biodiversity: 80 (32/14/18/16)
- Mediterranean Agriculture: 21 (9/7/2/3)
- Biopsychology: 194 (78/60/56/0)
- Applied Kinesiology: 124 (51/41/32/0)
Master Programmes (full-time, part-time):
- Mathematical Sciences (full-time): 22 (1st year: 8 / 2nd year: 6 / pre-graduation year: 8)
- Computer Science (full-time): 13 (5/7/1)
- Nature Conservation (full-time): 20 (20/0/0)
- Applied Kinesiology (full-time): 21 (15/6/0)
- Applied Kinesiology (part-time): 3 (2/1/0)
Doctoral Programmes (part-time):
- Mathematical Sciences: 10 (1st year: 2 / 2nd year: 3 / 3rd year: 3 / pre-graduation year: 2)
- Computer Science: 6 (1/2/2/1)
- Applied Kinesiology: 16 (5/10/1/0)
Regional Breakdown (more information about Slovene regions)
- Obalno-kraška: 38,6 %
- Central Slovenia: 15,7 %
- Goriška: 12,4 %
- Gorenjska: 6,6 %
- Podravska: 5,3 %
- Savinjska: 5,1 %
- Notranjsko-kraška: 4,3 %
- Jugovzhodna: 3 %
- Pomurska: 1,9 %
- Spodnjeposavska: 1,4 %
- Koroška: 1 %
- Zasavska: 0,4 %
- International students: 4,3 %
Enrollment History (2007/08 - 2012/13)
Degrees Conferred (2008 - 2012)
Study Programmes 2012/13top
- Undergraduate Programs: Mathematics, Mathematics in Economics and Finance, Computer Science, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity, Mediterranean Agriculture, Biopsychology, Applied Kinesiology.
- Master Programs: Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Nature Conservation, Applied Kinesiology.
- Doctoral Programs: Mathematical Sciences, Computer Science, Applied Kinesiology.
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is applied in all study programmes.
Fields of education according to the ISCED 1997 classification at UP FAMNIT: (42) Life sciences, (46) Mathematics and statistics, (48) Computing, (52) Engineering and engineering trades, (62) Agriculture, forestry and fishery, (85) Environmental protection, (81) Personal services.
UP FAMNIT has established close cooperation in the field of research with the University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute (UP IAM), where most of the UP FAMNIT academic staff conduct their research. Some professors also conduct research as part of the Science and Research Centre at the University of Primorska (UP ZRS) and the Institute of Mathematics, Physics and Mechanics (IMFM).
Original Scientific Articles of the UP FAMNIT research group ("Raziskovalna skupina UP FAMNIT") in 2012 (1.1.2012-31.12.2012) (source: Sicris):
- SCI Expanded: 89 (32/27/15/15)
- A&HCI and SSCI: 0
- Other: 6
- Altogether: 95
Original Scientific Articles of the UP IAM research group ("Raziskovalna skupina UP IAM") in 2012 (1.1.2012-31.12.2012) (source: Sicris):
- SCI Expanded: 83 (18/29/20/16)
- A&HCI and SSCI: 0
- Other: 6
- Altogether: 89
Total research expenditures of UP FAMNIT and UP IAM in 2012: 1.420.556 EUR
Teaching, Research and Administrative Staff 2012/13top
The Number of Full-time and Part-time Employees
- Teaching and research staff:
Full-time: 89 (34.61 FTE)
- of which foreign professors and researchers: 19
- Administrative staff: 13 (12,85 FTE)
- Teaching and research staff:
Male: 91 (67,9 %)
Female: 43 (32,1 %)
- Administrative staff:
Female: 12 (92,3 %)
Male: 1 (7,7 %)
Financial Information (Fiscal Year 2012)top
Total Net Assets: EUR 2.2 million
|The MIZKŠ - education funds||2.024.148|
|The ARRS - research activity funds||110.910|
|Other budgetary sources (other ministries and budgets of local communities)||3.491|
|The European budget - community programmes||29.670|
|Public service - other||116.807|
|Funds acquired from the sale of merchandise||4.449|
|SUM in 2011||2.289.475|
Highlights from 2012top
Below are some of the key achievements of the Faculty in 2012.
The 2012 Zois Award goes to Assoc. Prof. Štefko Miklavič, PhD
For further information on the Zois Awards, visit >
Prof. Andrej Brodnik, PhD is the recipient of the Award of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of education for 2012
Teachers and researchers of UP FAMNIT, recipients of University awards
Each year, the University of Primorska honours its best teachers and researchers with various awards and prizes. In 2012, the winners included the lecturers and researchers of UP FAMNIT who had demonstrated outstanding achievements in teaching and/or research in 2011. Award recipients in 2012 were:
- Assoc. Prof. Bojan Kuzma, PhD received the "Zlata plaketa Univerze na Primorskem / Golden Prize of the University of Primorska" award,
- Assist. Prof. Martin Milanič, PhD received an award from the Fund for Scientific Excellence of the University of Primorska,
- Assist. Prof. Branko Kavšek, PhD and Boštjan Frelih, MSc, received an award from the Fund for Educational Excellence of the University of Primorska.
Enrolment of first-rate international students
Nastja Cepak is the recipient of the University of Primorska Srečko Kosovel Award
UP FAMNIT is actively involved in various activities aimed at promoting natural sciences
In 2012, the Faculty hosted two national competitions for secondary school pupils. Having participated for the first time in organising national mathematical competitions for secondary school pupils in 2011, the Faculty enhanced its involvement in 2012 by hosting the 12th national biology competition (24 March 2012) and the 56th national mathematics competition (20 April 2012).
The mathematics competition saw the participation of 171 pupils (and their mentors), who had achieved top results at regional competitions. Organised by the Society of Mathematicians, Physicists and Astronomers of Slovenia (DMFA), the competition was held on the premises of Gimnazija Koper. Apart from UP FAMNIT, it was also hosted by UP PEF and Gimnazija Koper.
At the national competition in biology, organized by the Association for Technical Culture of Slovenia in cooperation with the Natural History Society of Slovenia, a total of 284 pupils competed for silver and golden Proteus Awards and for the titles of national champions. The competition was judged by a panel of assessors, which included students of the UP FAMNIT undergraduate Biodiversity programme.
The Trimo Research Award goes to Irman Abdić, graduate of UP FAMNIT
Irman Abdić, graduate of the Computer Science Bachelor’s programme, received the Trimo Research Award for his final thesis entitled "Audio toolkit for displaying a spectrogram in real time in the open-source system Sphinx-4 ", which he completed under the supervision of our Faculty’s lecturer and researcher, Assoc. Prof. Janez Žibert, PhD.
Trimo, a successful Slovenian company, has been granting prizes for the best Bachelor’s and Master's theses for many years, with a focus on specialist papers and doctoral dissertations that are in some way related to the company’s activities. With their call for applications to the Trimo Research Awards, the company invites ambitious young researchers and their mentors, professors and scholars to compete, connecting them with companies which could make use of their knowledge. For further information about Trimo Research Awards, visit >
Master's degree graduate in Mathematics Peter Muršič accepted to Rutgers University
Hosting high-profile international guest lecturers and researchers
Despite being a young faculty, UP FAMNIT is heavily involved in international higher education. Each year, the faculty hosts many prominent international teachers and researchers. Likewise, the teachers and researchers of UP FAMNIT are also themselves active participants in international scientific symposiums, conferences and summer schools on their fields of expertise.
Among the 2012 events that deserve special mention are the visit of Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, PhD, and the visit of Prof. Patrick William Fowler, PhD from the Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield UK, who is also member of The Royal Society.
Prof . Kroto visited the University of Primorska on 28 August 2012 in the framework of the conference Computers and Scientific Discovery 6 ( CSD6 ), which took place from 21 – 25 August in Portorož .
Prof. Patrick William Fowler, PhD is a visiting professor participating in the teaching process at our postgraduate programmes of Mathematics (Master's and doctoral program in Mathematical Sciences). In his lectures he focuses on computationally intensive methods.
For further information on international visiting professors and researchers at FAMNIT UP and UP IAM, visit the Faculty’s website .
Organization of the International Scientific Conference CSD6 (Portorož, Slovenia, 21 – 25 August 2012)
On 21 August 2012, the sixth international scientific conference of Computers in Scientific Discovery 6 (CSD6) began, which was held in Portorož. For the first time, the conference was organized by the Andrej Marušič Institute of the University of Primorska. Apart from UP FAMNIT, co-organizers of the conference were also UP FTŠ Turistica, IMFM and UL FMF .
The conference, which concluded on 25 August, was attended by 67 participants, 38 of whom came from abroad. We hosted some of the most prominent international researchers in the fields of chemistry, biology, computer science and mathematics, especially discrete mathematics. One of the key-note speakers was also the 1996 Nobel Prize winner for Chemistry, Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, PhD.
On Friday, 24 August 2012, at his morning lecture entitled ‘Science, Lost in Translation?’, Prof. Sir Harold Kroto, PhD presented an outline of the development of science from the Enlightenment onwards and offered his own vision of how important it is at this historical moment to shake off all the shackles that impede the development of science.
Organization of the 3rd International Workshop on ‘Symmetries of Graphs and Networks’ (SYGN III) and the International PhD Summer School in Discrete Mathematics (24-30 June 2012, Rogla, Slovenia)
This was already the third in the series of international workshops on ‘Symmetries of Graphs and Networks’ (SYGN III). Together with the International Doctoral Summer School of Discrete Mathematics, the conference was organised by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM in cooperation with the Centre for Discrete Mathematics of UL PEF and was held at Rogla from 24 – 30 June, 2012.
The conference was attended by 68 participants - 28 Slovenian and 40 international participants from about 20 countries. Among the participants there were also highly prominent international researchers and around 30 doctoral students.
In the conference part of the event (SYGN II), a total of 9 invited speakers from prestigious international institutions presented the newest research findings in the field of symmetries of graphs and networks.
For further information on the events, visit >
Organization of an International Workshop on Combinatorial Algorithms in Bioinformatics (13 September 2012)
On Thursday, 13 September 2012, UP FAMNIT hosted an international workshop on its premises entitled Combinatorial Algorithms in Bioinformatics. It was organized by UP FAMNIT and UP IAM in collaboration with Genome Informatics, Faculty of Technology, Universität Bielefeld, Germany. The conference brought together 33 participants - 15 local and 18 international, some of whom presented the findings of their research on the use of combinatorial algorithms in bioinformatics and in related fields. On Friday, 14 September 2012, the participants had the opportunity for discussion and research.
For further information, visit >
The GReGAS project
The first year of the GReGAS project , the first European mathematical project coordinated from Slovenia. The collaborative research project GReGAS ( Geometric representations and symmetries of graphs, maps and other discrete structures and applications in science) is comprised of a total of 16 projects. The main objective of the project is to develop a geometric representation and symmetry of graphs, maps and other discrete structures and applications in science.
The supporting agency of the project is UP IAM. The project is coordinated by Prof. Tomaž Pisanski, PhD and Prof. Dragan Marušič, PhD and is conducted in the context of the Eurocordes / Eurogiga programme. It includes not only partners from Croatia, Germany, Slovakia, and Turkey, but also associated partners, high-profile mathematicians from Austria, Israel, New Zealand, Great Britain and the United States.
The presentation of the project, which took place in November 2011, was also attended by a representative of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Aigars Ekers, PhD.
Publication of journal Ars Mathematica Contemporanea
Vice-Dean for Science and Research: Assist. Prof. Marko Orel, PhD
Vice-Dean for Education: Assist. Prof. Martin Milanič, PhD
- Department of Mathematics: Assoc. Prof. Bojan Kuzma, PhD
- Department of Information Sciences and Technologies: Assoc. Prof. Janez Žibert, PhD
- Department of Biodiversity: Assoc. Prof. Elena Varljen Bužan, PhD
- Department of Applied Natural Sciences: Assist. Prof. Dunja Bandelj, PhD
- Department of Psychology: Prof. Diego De Leo, Dsc
Faculty's Secretary, Head of Administration: Nataša Vraneš
University of Primorska
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