In the late 1980s
and early 1990s, the first undergraduate and graduate degrees in
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) were offered at the University
of Maribor. An EDI Laboratory, established in 1991, supported
and expanded development of these degrees. The prototypes
developed served as a vehicle for testing business applications
based on the latest eCommerce technology.
became a core of applications developed in Slovene business or
government organizations. Students, who have graduated in the
area of Electronic Data Interchange or eCommerce,
often were hired as project managers with a responsibility for
eCommerce implementation within those organizations.
Some graduates also serve on the Council for eCommerce
Center established in 1995 at the University of Maribor.
and experience is exceptionally important to new generations of
university students. That is why it is useful to gather
knowledge collected through the degrees to share with students
at other universities. It is also useful to present
innovative ideas to organizations that have implemented
eCommerce or that need eCommerce business solutions.
In the early 1990s,
student theses and prototypes occasionally appeared at meetings
of organizations’ represented in Slovenia’s eCommerce
Project. The experience proved to be an important way to allow
young eCommerce experts opportunities to meet with
mentors to exchange ideas and achievements, to establish
contacts, and to encourage further collaboration. Implementation
of inter-organizational systems proved to be very important and
contributions from undergraduate and graduate students were both
feasible and useful.
In the spring of 1999, the Faculty of
Organizational Sciences, University of Maribor initiated an
annual student event, supported by Merkur, Trade and Services
The first University of Maribor student eCommerce
Conference, in September of that year, presented the proceedings
in Slovene language. At the 2000 Merkur Day, the
University of Ljubljana students also participated. In
2001, Croatia’s University of Zagreb students joined the group.
A Merkur day 2002 the student from Austria
participated with his diploma presentation. The 2003 Merkur Day
universities in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, and Slovenia.
English is working language of the conference.