Ljujbljana universityCelebrating 100th Anniversary
On December 3rd 1919 at about 9:00 a.m. Fran Ramovš held the first lecture in Slovenian language at the Assembly room of the Provincial diet mansion in Ljubljana. This historic moment marks the establishment of Ljubljana University.
Take a moment and think about Europe at the end of WW I, a major crisis swept the continent, famine and general shortage of goods being just two of the problems people had to overcome, at this point, we also must keep in mind Ljubljana was hit by a major earthquake in 1895. The time for Slovenia to get it´s own university was ripe, the age of empires was over and a new political reality was here. The conditions on the other hand were not ideal.
There were a few attempts to have a Slovenian university in the past, before 1919. The first one came in the time of the Reformation, only to be swept away by Counterreformation, then there was the period of the Jesuits in Ljubljana with their attemps, but they were short-lived as well. In the revolutionary year of 1848, the push for the university also got a political connotation. The wait continued all the way to 1919. Slovenian lands were ruled from Vienna and all the political attempts to organize higher education in Slovenia and in native language were constantly denied by the authorities. In most cases the argument was lack of educators and unsufficient language culture.
University of Ljubljana in 1919.