The Slovenia – Drury Connection

Have you met any Slovene students at Drury this semester?  Your chances are pretty good as there are now five students from Slovenia studying at Drury under our exchange program with the University of Ljubljana where Drury students can study at the University of Ljubljana and students from the University of Ljubljana can study at Drury University.  Through the years, Drury students have spent a semester studying at the University of Ljubljana and experiencing important intercultural events.

The relationship between the two schools started back in 1993 when Dr. Stephen Good provided a scholarship for a Slovene student to study at Drury.  In the early stages of the exchange the Slovene students were hand-picked by the faculty at the University of Ljubljana Economics. It is significant to note that many of these students have ultimately excelled in their fields.  For example, the first Slovene student that was provided a scholarship was Andrej Kocic.  Andrej entered the insurance industry and later became the Board Chair and president of the largest insurance company in Slovenia.

The relationship has also included faculty exchanges.  Dusan Mramor has lectured at Drury several times.  Andrej Kumar has provided courses at Drury on three separate occasions.  Drury has had a visiting Fulbright professor from Slovenia and three Drury faculty have had Fulbright grants to Slovenia.  Professor Jeff VanDenBerg recently returned from a Fulbright grant with the school of Political Science. Hopefully other Drury faculty, from a variety of academic backgrounds, will be involved in future exchanges.

As a result of the Slovenia – Drury exchange program, Drury now has graduates at the top of many organizations in Slovenia including:  Sava Tire, Deloitte & Touch, the CEO of NLB Skladi,  the Finance controller of Microsoft,  and many others. It has been an enriching experience for me, and other Breech business faculty to meet, teach and work with many of these talented students.

As was recently reported in The Mirror, there is also an opportunity for Drury students to study at the University of Ljubljana for three weeks each July.  The University of Ljubljana summer program provides Drury students an opportunity to meet with students and faculty from all over the world.  Slovenia is a wonderful, friendly country with mountains and wonderful villages.  The city of Ljubljana has a wealth of culture, sights, activities and good old-fashioned fun that would be the envy of a city twice its size. I was fortunate enough to be invited to participate in the 2012 Ljubljana summer program, where I taught Corporate Valuation: What is a Firm Worth. It was an invigorating experience, working with students and faculty from around the world, and I look forward to participating again in the future.