Pursuant to Act no. 131/2002 Coll. on Higher Education, the Slovak Rectors' Conference (SRC) is one of the three bodies representing the universities in Slovakia.
The aim of SRC is to coordinate and promote rectors’ activities at Slovak universities in order to create a common higher education policy. To meet the above goal, SRC: coordinates and promotes the cooperation between the rectors of Slovak universities; discusses and formulates its opinion on substantive issues related to the higher education policy, proposals of generally binding legal norms that are directly affecting the life of universities or discusses and formulates its opinion on the applicable legal standards with the above focus; creates conditions for cooperation between the universities in Slovakia and for a mutual flow of information among them; establishes and maintains contacts with foreign countries, the rectors' conferences in other countries, other rectors’ associations, as well as with the European University Association.
SRC endorses or formulates its opinion on the proposals submitted to SRC by the Minister of Education; comments on the Minister’s proposal for the appointment and removal of the President, Vice-Chairman and other members of the Accreditation Commission; comments the Minister’s proposal to withdraw the members of the Accreditation Commission; comments the subsidies from the state budget in the Ministry of Education chapter provided to universities; approves the restriction or revoking of competences of academic self-governments in public higher education institutions or their respective faculties in cases stipulated by law; approves the revoking of permission granted by the state to private higher education institutions if they infringe the obligations set forth by law or stipulated in their internal regulations; discusses further proposals and measures initiated by the Minister of Education or at the request of the association if they significantly affect the universities; comments the Ministry of Education proposals to the Government on the inclusion of public non-university-type higher education institutions to public university-type higher education institutions if such public non-university-type higher education institutions meet the inclusion criteria based on a statement issued by the Accreditation Commission; comments the draft bills to be submitted by the Ministry to the Government for the inclusion of a public university-type higher education institution to public non-university-type higher education institutions if the public university no longer meets the requirements set forth in Article 2, Section 4, Universities Act based on a statement issued by the Accreditation Commission and it failed to eliminate the deficiencies pursuant to Article 85 Section 2; comments the Ministry of Education proposals on the inclusion of a university to research universities if such a university meets the criteria based on the results of comprehensive accreditation and a statement issued by the Accreditation Commission; comments the proposal of the Ministry to exclude a public university-type higher education institution from among the research universities if the given university falls short in being excellent in science and technology as well as in doctoral courses according to the Accreditation Commission and a complex accreditation of its activities; comments the proposal of the Ministry to lower the yearly increase in full-time students for which it provides funding to individual universities.