Univerza na Primorskem (UP), Slovenia’s third largest public university, was established in 2003 as a centre of knowledge implementing European educational strategies. Its main objective is to carry out high quality study and research programmes, implementing and integrating them with the educational, intellectual and research potential in accordance with EU strategies. It satisfies regional demands and needs for quality higher educational programmes in the bilingual area, where Slovenian and Italian cultures are historically intertwined. It also aims to produce a beneficial co-existence and close collaboration with industry. UP provides an active, interdisciplinary research and study environment based on two fundamental pillars: mathematics, natural sciences and technology, and humanities and social sciences. By incorporating both pillars in research and study activities UP achieves improved interdisciplinary collaboration and improved international co-operation with the world’s leading institutions and researchers.
UP is the lead project partner responsible for project management and coordination. UP is also responsible for the implementation of the CSI on wildlife conservation in Slovenia.