Mission and Vision

Dean’s speech

Dear visitor,

Welcome to the website of the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Primorska. I hope you enjoy it and find the information you are looking for.

One decade after its foundation, the Faculty of Health Sciences has become a nationally and internationally recognizable educational and research member of the University of Primorska. It is a quality centre for developing and transferring knowledge in the field of health.

The Faculty’s main mission is the undergraduate and postgraduate education in the field of nursing, nutritional counselling – dietetics and applied kinesiology, and the pure and applied scientific research and development work in the field of health assurance and maintenance within the research Food, Nutrition and Health Institute.

The undergraduate study programmes of Nursing, Nutritional Counselling – Dietetics andr Applied Kinesiology focus mainly on their applied dimension which is transferred directly from the academic sphere to the social environment. The students’ practical placement in the working environment plays an important role here, on the one hand offering them valuable experience necessary to practise their future profession, and on the other hand representing an important connection between the Faculty and the local environment. The students of the postgraduate study programmes deal with the subject matter in depth, upgrading it with independent professional and research work.

The employees of the Faculty of Health Sciences want the students to visit and stay in touch with the Faculty also after the completion of their studies, because lifelong learning is crucial in the professions for which we train them. During recent years, the Faculty has been developing and upgrading its lifelong learning programmes with contemporary subject matter, which is interesting and attractive also for the wider professional and lay public.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is thus a space where theoretical knowledge is immediately reflected in the practical environment, so it is not a coincidence that its motto is “We add knowledge to life!”

I invite you to visit us and see for yourself.

Add knowledge to life!


 Prof. Nejc Šarabon, PhD


Knowledge for Health. The mission of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Primorska is to educate and research – be a center of creation and transfer of knowledge in the field of health, nutrition and movement, which is established at home and abroad.

Values: expertise, quality, innovation, openness, interdisciplinary teamwork.


The Faculty of Health Sciences aims to become the most prestigious educational and scientific-research institution in the field of health, nutrition and movement at the national level. It wants to achieve international recognition and integration into the network of the finest educational institutions in the field of health care professions and sports. When creating new knowledge and new educational or research content it wants to follow the needs and initiatives of the environment. In order to improve, recover or maintain the health of the population it aims to transfer knowledge to all social environments.


The beginnings of the development of higher education in the Slovenian Littoral area go back to the sixties when the High School of Maritime Studies of Piran was established, and to the seventies, when fundamentals for other higher education institutions and colleges were set in Koper.

With the economic growth of Primorska region the need for its own University became even more evident, thus on 30th March 1993 a letter of intent envisioning the establishment of the University Study Centre was signed by the mayors of the Littoral communities, the president of the Littoral Assembly, and the representatives of the regional economy. On November 20, 1995 an additional letter of intent was signed, assuring the conditions for the development of higher education in the communities of Koper, Izola, and Piran. On the basis of these initiatives the Littoral communities established and financed the University Study Centre of Koper, whose aim was to facilitate the development of higher education in the region.

In 1997 the project for the establishment of the College of Health Care Izola started on the initiative of the Council of the University Study Centre of Koper. It took almost four years to finish the project. During this period all the requirements for the functioning of the college were fulfilled, i.e. a strong support received by professional and public institutions; adequate teaching and research faculty secured, educational bases established, premises and equipment provided and (last but not least) financial resources granted.

The Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia confirmed that the requirements for the establishment and operation of an independent higher education institution were met, thus the University Study Centre Council passed the Act about the establishment of the College of Health Care Izola on its 22nd March 2002 meeting. After the Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Slovenia gave its consent to the introduction of the study programme Nursing Care (on 5th July 2002) the provisional senate of the CHCI invited candidates to enrol in the first year course.

In the academic year 2002/03 the first generation of sixty students from all over Slovenia was admitted. The study process was carried out in the rented premises of the Secondary Nursing School in Izola. There were 17 contractual lecturers employed at the College. It was the financial support of the Littoral communities that secured the execution of the study programme as at the time the college was still without licence.

The College of Health Care Izola is one of the seven founding members of the University of Primorska, which was established in April 2003. We started our second academic year (2003/2004) with the concession and our first permanently employed teaching faculty.

When Slovenia entered the European Union we aligned the study programme Nursing Care with Community rules on regulated professions.

In 2004/05 we started with the updated, undergraduate 3-year study programme of Nursing Care, which offers the graduates – nurses and health care workers – adequate knowledge and skills for an independent performing of their profession without preliminary probation. In 2005/06 the first part-time students enrolled. In 2007/08 we will admit 30 students to first year of the new study programme Nutritional Counselling – Dietetics.

Today the Faculty of Health Sciences (former College of Health Care Izola ) teaching faculty and staff guiding principles lay in the fact that students are not numbers, they are personalities, to be lead along the path of their education and qualification towards the diploma, with which they will become independent professionals. By doing so we hope – as all teachers do – to be surpassed some day.