The Faculty of Computer and Information Science is the leading teaching and research institution in the field of Computer Science in Slovenia, and in spite of its comparatively short history it has a number of active research groups, as well as a lengthy roster of alumni, some of whom have achieved distinction in various fields of computer science in Slovenia and abroad.
The Faculty was founded on January 1st, 1996, when the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was split into two new faculties. The undergraduate programme in computer science at the University of Ljubljana has been established before, in the academic year 1973/74, first as an elective programme after the second year of electrical engineering study, and since 1982 as an independent four year programme.
In 2014, the Faculty relocated to a new building in Brdo pri Ljubljani. This was the result of a several year-long project to build new facilities for the Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. It is also the largest project in Slovenia to be co-funded by the European Union and the largest investment in the history of the University of Ljubljana.
The principal mission of the Faculty of Computer and Information Science at University of Ljubljana is to educate computer experts of various profiles. The modes of education differ in scope, complexity, teaching methods and number of participants. In addition to regular education, the Faculty provides remedial education for computer experts and experts in other fields that require IT skills. The education of young researchers at postgraduate level is especially specific and individual, as they are introduced to research and scientific work under the mentorship of university professors.
The Faculty of Computer and Information Science has 9 lecture halls and 13 ICT lecture rooms with more than 170 PCs, the majority of which are connected to the network and have internet access. The Faculty of Computer and Information Science and the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology share a common large lecture hall as well as the library, which boasts an impressive collection of books and scientific journals and provides access to various database searches.
Up to date, 3208 students have graduated at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, 389 students have obtained a master's degree and 149 students a doctoral degree. The Faculty of Computer and Information Science currently has 1155 enrolled undergraduate students and 180 enrolled postgraduate students. FRI currently employs 106 professors and assistants, 52 researchers and 28 administrative and technical support staff.