Teaching Methods

Teaching Methods

At GEA College we like to speak of ‘tailor-made education and training’ for successful entrepreneurs. We focus mainly on extending abilities and skills of students, offering all the necessary general and specialized knowledge needed to succeed.

The study process consists of lectures and practical classes. Seminar papers and other written ways of solving problems, as well as team projects and presentations in the lecture room, are part of the study process. Following the model of American universities, our students get homework tasks at the lectures, which they do independently at home and then discuss them at practical classes. In most cases grades are based on several elements: active participation in lectures and practice sessions written seminar papers; team projects and presentations; and naturally, written and oral exams.

Final Qualification
The final qualification is the Bachelor Degree in Economics, 1st cycle higher professional study programme. The program is accredited through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Slovenia and is consequently recognized worldwide under the EU directive. The studies are in line with the Bologna Declaration (3+2) and the European Credit Transfer System (ETCS). This means full mobility for GEA College Faculty of Entrepreneurship students.

Duration and Organization
The complete program lasts three years (six semesters). Although students are enrolled as part – time students, the courses are completely carried out during the week as same as for full- time students and student’s attendance is compulsory.

Language
Proficiency in speaking, reading and writing English is essential, since the entire program is conducted in English (lectures, exams, and assignments.).

What is the pedagogical approach of the lecturers like?

  • lecturers have an individual approach, they encourage the diversity of opinions and of points of view, as well as the flexibility of students’ work;
  • tuition runs interactively, which enables students to transmit their own business experience into the educational process;
  • often more lecturers take part when a particular topic is discussed;
  • the pedagogical process is enriched with different modern methods in order to make the lectures more effective and attractive; the elements of e-learning are also being introduced;
  • many lectures are designed in a way that enables students to choose the fields from which they want to acquire deeper knowledge; the emphasis is on encouraging self-confidence as well as students’ analytical and creative skills;
  • lecturers are on hand also outside the lecture rooms;
  • e-mail communication is encouraged, since it has become an established medium of communication.

The most common methods of teaching study subjects are:

  • teamwork in discussing problems (work in smaller groups);
  • lectures are varied with presentations by successful entrepreneurs;
  • student lectures – presentation of own products and services;
  • the study of commercial examples;
  • commercial games and decision-making simulation, simulation of business negotiations, composition of different kinds of commercial detailed reports;
  • preparation of personal business strategy, business clinic,  business workshop;
  • collective composition of innovative prototypes, the use of methods for developing creative skills;
  • study visits to dynamic enterprises;
  • student exchanges with foreign universities.

Using the above-mentioned methods of work, we try to prepare our students for a successful career in entrepreneurship.

The study process consists of lectures and practical classes. Seminar papers and other written ways of solving problems, as well as team projects and presentations in the lecture room, are part of the study process. Following the model of American universities, our students get homework tasks at the lectures, which they do independently at home and then discuss them at practical classes. Assessment mostly takes place during the school year and consists of various aspects:  how active a part the student takes during the lectures and practical classes; grades from written reports; team projects and presentations, and naturally, written and oral exams.

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