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Minister Keen to Expand Slovenian Lectureships Abroad

Ljubljana, 23 December - Education Minister Stanka Setnikar Cankar promised that Slovenian lectureships at universities abroad would not be affected by cost-cutting measures as she hosted a reception for Slovenian language lecturers abroad on Tuesday.

"On the contrary, we would like to expand the network of lectureships further, or at any event at least preserve it at the current level," the minister was quoted as saying in a press release, adding that the lectureships' mission was priceless.

Some 2,700 students are taking Slovenian language classes at more than 60 university abroad annually with 30 Slovenian language teachers employed this academic year, plus additional 27 teachers involved in the programme of Slovenian language teaching at foreign universities, according to the ministry.

"The ministry supports the network of lectureships with teaching literature, involvement in projects as part of the programme, the training of teachers, organisation of meetings and education seminars," the release from the Ministry of Education and Sport reads.

Slovenian can be taken as graduate course at 23 European universities and at many of these also as a course for master's or doctoral degree. There is an increasing number of graduate and post-graduate theses on the Slovenian language, literature and culture.

More than 50 universities offer Slovenian courses that can be attended by students of all programmes at the university.

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