Alma Mater Europaea will begin offering a physiotherapy program in Celje as a specially organized unit in the academic year 2023/2024. This innovation allows students from the region to study closer to home, particularly in collaboration with local healthcare and spa institutions.
The new facilities are located in the former Hotel Celeia at Mariborska 3, in Celje, where the physiotherapy program will commence from October onwards. The opening ceremony of Alma Mater Celje also had significant research and academic importance, as on this occasion, Professor Dr. Janez Krašovec, a pioneer in Slovenian balneology, handed over a portion of his research archive, consisting of articles and studies, for permanent use.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was performed by Professor Dr. Ludvik Toplak, President of Alma Mater Europaea – ECM, and Mayor Matija Kovač of Celje.
Professor Dr. Ludvik Toplak, President of Alma Mater, stated: "Slovenia has long felt the increased need for educated physiotherapy professionals. In the last 15 years, physiotherapy has evolved from a manual skill into an independent academic discipline. Our vision has always been to address areas with shortages and provide quality education for the greatest needs. With pride, we can say that Alma Mater Europaea is realizing this vision in Slovenia and this part of Europe."
In the past academic year, many students from the Savinja region studied in units in Ljubljana and Maribor. The new branch in Celje will provide students with easier access to their studies and practical training in a natural working environment. Students will undergo mandatory clinical training in partner units in spas, health centers, and the Celje hospital.
Physiotherapy studies at Alma Mater are available at all three levels of the Bologna system, lasting three years at the 1st Bologna level, two years at the 2nd master's Bologna level, and an additional three years at the doctoral 3rd Bologna level.
Alma Mater Europaea can boast a high employment rate for its graduates. In the future, Alma Mater Europaea plans to expand its program offerings in Celje, especially in information technology, humanities, and social gerontology, to address the market needs, which are still significant.