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History

The name Academia Istropolitana was borrowed from the first academic institution in this region which was founded by King Mathias Corvinius in 1465. Even though the original academy lasted only for 25 years, it has remained an important part of the Slovak history of education.
In 1990, to commemorate this event, the first post-communist Slovak Ministry of Education founded a new Academia Istropolitana (AI). This has started to build educational activities with the goal to create modern academic institution based on international cooperation. AI grew dynamically and its programmes expanded thanks to substantial support from the Slovak society and the governments of Austria and the Netherlands, the European Union, and American foundations (A. W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Soros Foundation). After the 1994 elections AI was a particular source of aggravation for the new government of Slovakia because of its independent and modern educational practices in the delivery of professional educational programmes, and because of its strong foreign co-operation and support.
Thus in 1996 in reaction to efforts to suppress the development of independent academic atmosphere and international contacts, the management of AI established a new institution with the status of a civic association and added "NOVA" to its name. The civic association grouped many personalities from Slovak and foreign academic spheres who took membership in the General Assembly. AINova proved its professional credit and kept main sponsors. The driving force and the soul of the whole AINova project was its first executive director Ing. Doc. Alena Brunovská, DrSc. (CV) AINova opened its first academic year 1997/1998 with 4 programmes: one-year programme in Conservation Studies, Environmental Policy, European Studies and the two-year Professional Programme in Applied Economics. Programme in Professional Communication and English provided language support for study in the English language.
In the year 1998 AINova suffered a great loss as its founder and the first director Alena Brunovská passed away.
On January 1, 1999 the AINova Board of Trustees appointed a new executive director PhDr. Katarína Vajdová. In the academic year 1999/2000 new programmes were launched at AINova i.e. Journalism Programme and the Open Distance and Vocational Learning Programme.
PhDr. Zuzana Štefániková was an executive director betwen 2001 and 2008. In the year 2001, the Public Policy Programme was opened. The programme aimed to increase the professionalism and efficiency of public administration structures and non-governmental organisations. In 2002 the AINova team prepared the in-depth Self-assessment Report for the years 1997-2002. The Self-assessment report helped to define future orientation of AINova. Since 2003 with confirmation by the Board of Trustees has AINova paid more attention to the life-long-learning.
Between 1997 and 2003 AINova was situated in the rented premises of the Pálffy Mansion in SvätĂ˝ Jur. At the beginning of 2004, AINova moved to its newly renovated premises in the neighbourhood of the Mansion. In 2004 and 2005, AINova in cooperation with the Municipal Office in SvätĂ˝ Jur renovated the historic building “Turna” in Prostredná Street 64. The Municipal Office has rented the renovated building to AINova for 10 years to run the Information Centre.
On July 1, 2008 Ing.arch. Jaroslav Kilián was appointed an executive director of AINova (CV). Since December 2012 due to a serious illness he couldnt lead the institution any more. In February 2013, the Board of Trustees appointed a new Management Board of AINova consisting of Lucia Gembešová, Marta Jendeková and Ruth Zorvan. 

Since 2014, Lucia Gembešová and Marta Jendeková have been appointed by the Board of Trustees as the Members of the Management Board of AINova.