RIC Novo mesto is one of the leading adult education organisations in Slovenia with over 50 years of experience in working with adults. The institute was established as a public equivalent body by the Municipality of Novo mesto, the largest city of South-East Slovenia. It currently employs 20 people and cooperates with more than 130 regular external experts, teachers, mentors and researchers. They develop and implement innovative formal and non-formal education programmes and offer guidance cervices for different target groups: general public, people living in rural areas, people with special needs, young adults, the unemployed, senior citizens, the Roma population, immigrants, employees in search for new trainings and education, etc.
As a public body, RIC Novo mesto works closely with a wide network of local, regional and national partners, such as: municipalities, ministries, regional development agencies, chamber of commerce and industry, chamber of crafts, other adult education organisations, primary and secondary schools, higher education institutes and faculties, NGOs, enterprises, etc. Based on the project work, RIC Novo mesto cooperates with a wide network of international partners.
RIC Novo mesto’s general programmes aim to gain formal education comprise: primary school and secondary school for adults, as well as higher online education in cooperation with the Faculty Doba of Maribor. Furthermore, it organises non-formal vocational courses, computer and language courses and general adult education courses on various topics. It is also a representative office for European Business Competence* Licence/EBCL.
RIC Novo mesto institution strives for the quality of implementation in all areas of its work. Acquired certificates, signs and other documents represent a recognition and confirmation that it has already achieved some of its objectives, and that it is on the right track. It has ISO 9001:2008 (ISO 9001:2015) which is an internationally recognized quality standard, issued by an international organization ISO (International Standard Organization). Within Guidance Centre Novo Mesto (under supervision of Slovenian Institute for Adult Education) it has developed a system of quality – framework for Quality Assessment and quality development in Adult Education Guidance Centres. It also has a certificate of Slovenian Institute for Adult Education »Let’s offer quality education to adults« and certificate “Family friendly company”.

RIC Novo mesto has a lot of experience in working with vulnerable groups, such as unemployed, elderly, Roma and so on. All these target groups are present in the institution on a daily basis, where the employed work with them on different projects and programmes.


RIC Novo mesto – Razvojno izobraževalni center Novo mesto, Slovenia
Topliška cesta 2
8000 Novo mesto (Slovenia)

Phone: +386 (0)7 393 45 50

Fax: +386 (0)7 393 45 67

E-mail: info@ric-nm.si