30 years in numbers
We embarked on our path 30 years ago by offering language courses, first for preschool children and later language programmes for adults, including specialised programmes specifically for companies and individuals,
In 1991, we began cooperating with the Maribor regional office of the Employment Service of Slovenia developing new programmes for the unemployed, professional programmes, and personal growth programmes.
In the next years, DOBA successfully continued its mission by introducing different forms and types of learning specifically tailored to the needs of the adult population. In cooperation with the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, we set up the first Learning Centre in Slovenia in 1995, followed by the Knowledge Exchange Centre a year later, both intended for free non-formal learning of individuals.
After a few years of operations, we began growing strong in the field of formal education. In 1997, we began implementing secondary school programmes adapted to the adult population.
In 1999, DOBA set up one of the first higher vocational colleges and began implementing the certified short-cycle higher education programme, Business Administrator, which we developed at DOBA. In the next years, higher vocational education was one of the key activities at DOBA. We intensively began with international activities, establishing links with the economy and strengthening our cooperation with the community. Today, we offer eight modern short-cycle higher education programmes.
The year 2004 saw another development breakthrough for DOBA when the College of Business was set up. In 2009, it was transformed into a faculty. We successfully included students from Serbia and Croatia in our programmes.
DOBA Business School is the leading provider of online learning in the Slovenian higher education arena. Tradition, excellent study results, success of its graduates, social responsibility, development, scientific and research work, first-rate knowledge, use of modern and innovative pedagogical approaches, and internationalisation with international students position DOBA Business School among the most ambitious higher education institutions in Southeast Europe. The students studying at DOBA Business School come from 46 countries, the majority from Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia. Today, we offer four bachelor programmes, four master’s programmes, and one doctoral programme in four languages.
The school’s Director, Jasna Dominko Baloh, has received the highest national award of the Republic of Slovenia for successful educational, innovative, and organisational work in adult education and the award of the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education for her efforts in the development of quality in adult education. Last year, she was named the Economist of the Year 2018 as chosen by the journalists of the Večer newspaper.