Public University of Ptuj is a public institution for adult education. We were established by the Municipality of Ptuj for educational services, the implementation of which is in the public interest. Our principal activity is to educate adults who are not included in the regular school and university education (counseling, information and secondary education). There are 11 employees at Public University, but we engage more than 50 external experts each year. The number of our participants varies between 1.000 ? 1.500 each year.
Our mission is adult education and counseling. With rich experience and expertise we want to motivate and monitor our participants on their path to success, encourage them and believe in the importance of lifelong learning. We are offering a wide range of programs, depending on current demand and following future trends. We offer also possibilities for distance learning and have experience in virtual classrooms.
Adult Education at the Public University of Ptuj consists of six fields: formal education (from primary school to faculty education), informal public educational programs (programs TSL - Training for success in life and a courses in English and German), vocational training, non-formal education (foreign language and computer courses, University of the Third Life Period, courses for companies, trainings in the field of legislation, communication skills ...), activities of adult education in the national interest (Centre for intergenerational learning, Knowledge exchange, study circles, self-learning Centre) and additional professional assistance to participants (Counseling Centre Ptuj).
In the years 2008 - 2013 we were the leading organization for several projects on the field of lifelong education, ICT courses for elder people, workshops for unemployed, project and activities for raising the level of literacy, workshops for younger people for motivating them to finish their education and a lot more.
LUP is nowadays involved in national and international projects, currently leading one Grundtvig multilateral project and participating as partner in Erasmus+ 2014. International project are becoming more and more important each year, so it is important to us, to gain new experience and meet members from other similar partners from EU. Our work at lifelong learning is recognized by local stakeholders and from the side of our municipality.
Participants come from different target groups: unemployed, long time unemployed, women after 50, senior citizens, people with learning difficulties, drop-outs and people with special needs.
We are a proud owner of the quality sign POKI, which means, we offer quality education to adults.
Public University of Ptuj has the ability and equipment needed for implementation of all proposed project activities. Among our expertise are research capabilities, consisting of needs analysis and state of the art research, as educators of adults we have a lot of experience in preparation of different educational programs and modules for implementation of skills. As project coordinators in other EU and national projects we are experienced also in elaboration and validation activities, project management, financial management and dissemination actions. Since 2010, we are also working on the field of distant learning, with activities connected with e-learning implementation and promotion of ICT skills. We are experienced organizer of conferences, seminars and different dissemination and exploitation events.