GEA College Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary
On 16 February 1990, in Bohinj, at the initiative of entrepreneurs, teachers and academic staff, 43 partners signed the Act establishing the GEA College d.o.o. Business and Education Centre. Later, in January 1991, 17 more partners entered the list of the founders. Then the educational institution was located in the Youth Educational Centre in Bohinj, where the first seminars took place. The two starting seminars took place on the first weekend after the opening of the educational institution.
The Republican Executive Council and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia played a leading role in the opening of GEA College. Among the co-founders were also the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, the Faculty of Economics at the University of Maribor, a number of consulting organisations, the Association of Organisations for Technical Culture, the Association of Educational Centres, the recently established but already well-known small businesses, businessmen, and teachers.
In the first two years of its operation, the educational institution held over 70 different courses and seminars on entrepreneurship, which were attended by more than 3,600 students. At that time, nearly 300 teachers and business trainers already collaborated with the GEA College. An increasing amount of staff training, expanding activities outside the country, increasing human and material potential led to a revision of the company’s status. In July 1991, during the meeting of partners, the company started the process of reformatting from a limited liability company to a joint-stock company, which ended in February 1992. At that time, GEA College was undoubtedly one of the leading institutions in business culture and entrepreneurship training in Slovenia and abroad. It’s enough to give an example of training business consultants in collaboration with Babson College, which for several years had been the leading business school in the United States.
The year of 1996 was also symbolic because at that time, GEA College –Higher School of Entrepreneurship was opened. Its academic plan necessitated the establishment of a centre for secondary vocational education and the opening of a specialised Master’s degree programme in Entrepreneurship. GEA College initially operated in Portorož. Six years later, it moved to Piran to the Trevisini Mansion and then, finally, to Ljubljana. The following year, the GEA College – Centre for Research and Development was opened.
Today, GEA College is a modern boutique business school teaching the basics of entrepreneurship, management and marketing. In addition to Bachelor’s and Master’s study programmes with international accreditation as well as a business incubator, GEA College conducts business training, advanced education courses as well as workshops for companies and their employees. The academic process is focused on the development of entrepreneurial thinking and competences of the 21st century.