Academia Istropolitana

Comenius university

The history of higher education in Bratislava dates way back to the 15th century. In 1467, King Matthius Corvinus following the order of his era and aiming to increase the splendor of his empire signed the founding chapter of the first University, baptized as Academia Istropolitana. For the following several centuries, Bratislava remained an important and flourishing multiethnic and multicultural administrative and financial center of the entire Carpathian Valley. The development of the University was interrupted several times by history, nevertheless the idea of higher education has shown remarkable persistence having revived from time to time, now is striving for integration in its full structure.

(Jan Amos Komensky, 1592–1670)

Johann Amos Comenius

Churchman and educational reformer born in Moravia. Relating education to everyday life, he advocated systematizing all knowledge, teaching in the vernacular rather than Latin, and establishing a universal system of education with opportunities for women. He held that science exalted divine majesty rather than threatened it. One of his major works, Didactica Magna (1628–1632), expounds these principles. He visited England and Sweden, and in 1650 went to Hungary, where he composed his Orbis sensualium pictus (1658, The Visible World in Pictures), the first picture book for children. He then settled in Amsterdam

Comenius University in Bratislava

Comenius University today

Today's University, which from 1919 carries the name of the famous pedagogue and philosopher, Jan Amos Comenius (Komensky) "the teacher of nations", is rooted in this progressive spiritual heritage. During the last eight decades, thousands of physicians, lawyers and students of humanities graduated from the University. Besides professional knowledge, they received from alma mater moral support and love for their professions. At the same time, professors of the University, particularly of the Medical School became determinants of the intellectual life in the region by founding periodicals, associations they contributed to the spreading of intellectual values.