DOBA Faculty of Applied Business and Social Studies Maribor (DOBA) is an independent private HE institution from Slovenia established in 2003. It is a modern business school dedicated to the development of innovative individuals and eLearning. Its bachelor and master’s programs follow the requirements of the contemporary European and global business environment. The programs are delivered in a traditional and distance study mode; with more than 1200 distance students DOBA is the largest online distance education provider in Slovenia. In 2008 DOBA established an affiliation in Belgrade, Serbia and since then DOBA’s study programs are offered to Serbian students. Moreover, DOBA is expanding its educational offer also to other markets of former Yugoslavia, where it has established a network of business associations, marketing in PR agencies for promotion of its programs.
Within DOBA development centers (Centre for HE didactics, Centre for e-Learning, Centre for Innovation, Centre for Virtual Mobility and Centre for Counseling) and the Research Institute the main development and research activities are carried out. Based on its successfully completed projects DOBA continues its endeavors in the field of e-learning, distance learning and virtual mobility. In the last few years dynamic and social entrepreneurship as well as internationalization of business operations have become additional research foci at DOBA. Besides that its strategy is development of HE programs, innovative pedagogical approaches, and competence-oriented teaching & teacher trainings.
In 2013 DOBA was awarded high quality institutional certification UNIQUe (European Foundation of Quality in e-Learning) for outstanding use of ICT in learning and teaching.