The beginning of another academic year is drawing closer, and the enrollment is still ongoing at certain faculties. The Maribor-based DOBA Faculty, where future online freshmen can enroll at all available programs until September 30, is one of them.
The DOBA Faculty is a part of the DOBA business group, the biggest private educational institution in Slovenia, which has the tradition, international accreditation of quality, European standards, accredited and exclusive programs and seventeen years of experience in online education
. The DOBA Faculty
has four accredited undergraduate programs and four master programs in four languages – Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian and English. Accredited Bologna program of both the first (bachelor) degree (Marketing, Social Media and Public Relations, Business, Business and Management in Tourism) and the second (master) degree (International Business, Marketing and Sales and Smart City Management) has been realized for nine years now in the Serbian language.Jasna Dominko Baloh
, director of the DOBA Faculty, discusses online studying, new course programs and the students of the biggest private faculty in Slovenia.Research shows that over a half of courses in faculties will be based on online studying methods by 2019. Although faculties in the world are joining the digital race at a great rate, it seems that online studying is still a topic requiring additional explanation. What is online studying precisely?
– Online studying entails much more than listening to pre-recorded lectures. It is studying adapted to 21st century students. Online mentors are available to students seven days a week for all questions that can be asked at the forum of the course in a virtual amphitheater where the studies are conducted. Studying in a virtual amphitheater enables you to not only make your own class schedule, but to also save the time and the money you would otherwise lose through using public transportation, being away from work etc. The door of a virtual classroom is always open and can be entered while at home or on a trip, so you cannot be late for a virtual class.The DOBA Faculty undertook a revolutionary endeavor nearly two decades ago. However, the situation in the region has not changed considerably regarding online studies. How much has the situation truly changed since then?
– We broke the ice regarding online studying 17 years ago and our 3,596 graduates prove that we are still the regional leader. The DOBA Faculty has fully adapted to modern needs in the past few years, which is why we are still the only faculty with internationally accredited 100% online studies in Southeast Europe
. This year alone, there are already 74% students in the bachelor and master programs living or working abroad
– in Germany, Russia, Dubai, Qatar, Switzerland, Austria, Holland, Canada, Belgium, as well as in the countries in the region – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. The quality of online studying is also proven by the fact that 56% of the graduates of the DOBA Faculty earn more, get promoted or change their job for the better after they acquire the diploma.We are aware that education in tourism is very important so as to utilize the tourism potentials as well as possible, and the DOBA Faculty offers the only accredited online course in the field of tourism in Serbian, Business and Management in Tourism. How important is it to have educated workforce in this sector?