How it all began
In the early 1990s young Slovenian lady Majda Kralj travelled to England for the first time. Majda quickly became convinced that traditional classroom-based teaching was not always the most effective.
Today, experiential learning is a cornerstone of modern education. For Academia, it has been the philosophy behind every program for over 20 years. This simple but effective way to learn has helped us become of one the largest educational organization in Slovenia.
New Ideas: Social system is changing, new markets are opening, and countries are beginning to look beyond their borders. In the same spirit of endless possibility Majda Kralj launches a new hands-on learning enterprise that changed how the way Slovenians learn languages.
In 1994 Majda Kralj decided to start a small company called As-Asistent at the time that combined language learning with travel abroad to escort high school students to UK during their summer break.
Though hard to imagine today, traveling underage abroad from Slovenia to learn English was a radical concept in 1994.
As-Asistent’s Language Travel program quickly spreads throughout Slovenia. In addition to offering English in England As-Asistent later launches new languages like German, French and Mandarin in more than 60 locations in 16 different countries around the world organizing Language Travel for more than 10.000 students.
LANGUAGE SCHOOL IN SLOVENIA
In addition to Language Travel programs abroad As-Asistent launches Language School in Slovenia, accredited by Ministry of Education of the Republic of Slovenia, offering Business English and German courses combined with University of Cambridge Exams as Corporate Trainings for Enterprises in Slovenia.
For a decade As-Asistent organizes more than 50 tailored made programmes annually for large Slovenian corporations and organizations.
JOB CLUBS – Workshops for helping unemployed get back to work
Company launches Human Resource Agency and is granted a license from Ministry of Work, Family and Social Care of the Republic of Slovenia.
In our job-seeking programmes over 5000 individuals joins over two decades.
We are proud that more than 60% of participants secure a job throughout our programmes.
STUDENT WORK AGENCY
In the same year company launches its own Student Work Agency, offering work opportunities for students. Over 10 years Academia As-Asistent offered more than 100.000 part-time jobs to more than 30.000 students in Slovenia.
In 2004 company’s Student Work Agency has merged with M-Servis to form the largest Student Work Agency in the country.
RESEARCH PROJECT UNIT
As-Asistent launched a Research Project Unit with a mission to work on industry research projects that would fuel the growth of the company.
Company was entrusted a national project P-11: Human Resource Restructuring in Slovenian Enterprises and a national project Labour Market for Young Researches together with Young Research Society and Jožef Stefan Institute.
Research project unit launched three International PHARE Projects that lead to development of new Corporate Training Programmes:
- International Marketing with Communications
- Computer Literacy
- Professional Language Courses
SLOVENIAN INCOMING WORKSHOP – TOURISM
Our Research project unit also founded first Slovenian Incoming Workshop, together with Ministry for SME and Tourism of the Republic of Slovenia and National Tourism Organisation. With more than 100 participating tour operators and agencies from all over the world in the first year, trade show became an annual event organized by National Tourism Organisation.
As-Asistent becomes an exclusive representative for Cesar Ritz Colleges, member of Swiss Education Group, a world leader in Hospitality Management Education.
New Growth: With the advent of social media, instant messaging, and mobile apps in the new millennium, the need for professional education grows exponentially. So does the need for educational curricula that recognize how interconnected and multicultural the world has grown. As-Asistent, Academia rises to the challenge by entering higher education.
ACADEMIA, COLLEGE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
Academia enrols first generation of part-time students, who are already employed to the Business Commerce study programme.
INTRODUCTING QUALITY STANDARDS IN EDUCTION
Academia becomes first educational organisation in Slovenia to introduce Standards of Quality in Education by ISO 9001:2000 standards.
Academia’s Research Project Unit becomes lead partner in the regional project coordination one-year work placements in companies.
FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND COMERCIALL SCIENCES
Academia becomes affiliated with Higher College of Celje. Later renamed Faculty of Business and Commercial Sciences, becomes the largest Faculty in Slovenia in its fields of education.
HELPING REGIONAL COMPANIES TO INTERNATIONALIZE
Academia’s Research Project Unit develops new Corporate Trainings Programmes through PHARE Projects helping companies internationalize their businesses.
Academia develops its first E-Learning environment as a support environment with students. Today Academia is partnered with leaders in IT including Google, Adobe and Microsoft to offer students best learning experience online.
ACADEMIA, INTERNATIONAL EDUATION CENTRE MARIBOR
Academia founds its International Education Centre Maribor, where is now offering 12 different study programmes on vocational, bachelor and master levels.
NATIONAL LEADER FOR QUALITY IN EDUCATION
Academia wins both national awards for Quality in Education awarded by Slovenian Institute for Adult Education.
New Opportunities: In this current decade, Academia is joining forces to meet the challenges of the region with innovative solutions. We remain more committed than ever to our original mission of experiential learning. We are now establishing new strategic partnerships to pioneer internationalization of regional higher education.
EDUCATING PUBLIC SECTOR ON ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES
Academia becomes licensed examiner and training centre by Ministry of Justice and Public Service to train and examine public officers on administrative procedures. In only few years more than 800 public officers have completed the programme and passed the exams.
Majda Kralj, founder of Academia becomes the Bologna Expert of the Republic of Slovenia at European Commission for a period of 3 years.
European Commission later awards her commitment and work with highest possible grade.
TACKLING REGIONAL UNEPLOYEMNT ISSUES
Academia starts an EU Project encouraging inactive citizens to return to the labour market, thus tackling hidden unemployment that has grown substantially over the last decade. Over 1000 individuals participate in the programme.
GOLDEN KNIGHT AWARD AT SPORT FILM FESTIVAL
Academia’s lecturer and instructors from Media Production study programme – professionals from Slovenian Television – have won an international Golden Knight Award for Best Foreign Film on 34th International Sport Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.