The university's roots reach back to 1859, when a theological seminary was established with the encouragement of Maribor bishop and patriot Anton Martin Slomšek. More faculties were established during the late 1950s and early 1960s; the faculties of economics, business, and technology in 1959, agronomy and law in 1960, and pedagogy in 1961. The university's opening ceremony occurred on 19 September 1975.
The university has entered the top 1% of institutions in physics and, of the nine institutions entering the top 1% in this field, the University of Maribor did so with the highest number of citations, according to an analysis of data from Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters.
University of Maribor
The University of Maribor has cooperated in European Framework Programmes since 1998 and the number of international research projects is increasing each year. According to "Ranking Web of World Universities", the University of Maribor is in the top 15 of “Top Central and Eastern Europe Universities". It currently (2010) holds 534th position (of 12,000) of the world universities ranking, which ranks it among the top 5% of universities in the world.
The university also comprises several associated facilities, including the Maribor University Library, student housing, the Computing Center, the Leon Štukelj Sporting Center, and Postgraduate and Visiting Faculty Home.