Matevž Obrecht – University of Maribor, Faculty of Logistics, Mariborska cesta 7, 3000 Celje, Slovenia

Lazar Pavić – University of Maribor, Faculty of Logistics, Mariborska cesta 7, 3000 Celje, Slovenia

Sustainable development;
Sustainable knowledge;
Higher education;
Sustainable competences;
Higher education study



Environmental topics are gaining more and more important both in the European Union and in Slovenia in the last decade. Climate chang­es (floods, droughts, and heat waves), pollution (soil, water, and air), man­agement of invasive species, noise pollution, food self-sufficiency, sustain­able development in the field of tourism, etc. are particularly present both in Slovenian Eastern and Western cohesion region. However, the level of knowl­edge about environmental challenges and competences of current experts and leaders to effectively manage and deal with them is perceived to be too low. The paper examines the inclusion of sustainable competences, knowl­edge, and skills in higher education programs in Slovenia to predict the lev­el of sustainable knowledge. Slovenian soon-to-be professionals will be em­powered by the Slovenian higher education system (Daneshjoo et al., 2020). Analysis included the content of 956 higher education study programs on the individual course level. In the next phase, a comprehensive comparative analysis of the situation in the areas of higher education and environmen­tal education was performed. The factors based on which comparison was made are field of study, type of institution, level of study and number of sub­jects in the program that include some sustainable content. Non-paramet­ric tests were used to determine statistically significant differences are the Mann-Whitney U test and the Kruskal-Wallis H test.

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Obrecht, M., & Pavić, L. (2022). How Much Sustainable Knowledge Will Soon-to-Be Experts in Slovenia Have? Findings of Higher Education Study Programs’ Analysis. In V. Bevanda (Ed.), International Scientific-Business Conference – LIMEN 2022: Vol 8. Conference proceedings (pp. 257-263). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans.


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