Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies (MIAS) was established as an academic unit of the Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) in 1992, bearing the name of the founder and first President of independent Czechoslovakia, T. G. Masaryk (1850-1937). It revives the tradition of the CTU School of Commerce, originally established in 1919, and in its time the largest of the CTU Faculties. Alongside the eight Engineering Faculties of CTU and in close cooperation with them, MIAS has focused primarily on interdisciplinary and complementary disciplines, including economics, management studies, language studies, regional development, engineering pedagogy and history.
Since inception, the core activities of MIAS have included teaching in publicly accredited University programmes, granting its graduates corresponding undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. From 1994 through 2014, a total of 678 students, also graduated from a highly successful joint MBA program with Sheffield Hallam University. In the early nineties, MIAS acquired JASPEX, an experienced and prestigious provider of language education, which has contributed to MIAS becoming a leading and certified institution in the area of general and specialized language training for academics, professionals and the general public. MIAS and its faculty also participate in numerous research projects, both domestic and international, and provide advisory services and training programmes for companies, professional bodies, public agencies, as well as for other academic and non-academic units of the CTU.
Internationalization is a strategic priority of MIAS and various means serve to achieve this objective, including rigorous foreign language training traversing the whole undergraduate curriculum, compulsory enrollment in courses taught in English for students in the Czech graduate programme, strong encouragement of international mobility by both students and faculty, as well as the development of full-time programmes in English, targeting a broad international pool of students with ambition to succeed in a global economy.