In 2003, a highly praised Slovak political and social figure, JUDr. Ján Čarnogurský, together with a well-known Russian scientist and community activist Vasily Lipiskiy, as well as a Russian entrepreneur Ing. Alexander Somov, have decided to establish an educational facility in Slovakia that would meet the world-class standards. A working group was established, which included a former ambassador of the Slovak Republic in Austria, professor Jozef Klimko, PhDr. Emil Pejko and other established academics and practitioners.
Already in 2004 the newly established Bratislavská vysoká škola – the first private Slovak university to provide a degree in law – accepted its first-year students. Since the beginning of building the foundation of human, material, informational and technological resources, the main ambition of the initiative was to establish an advanced educational and research institution.
In 2005 the Faculty of Economics and Business was established in order to become a progressive and flexible division supporting modern educational trends in preparing economists fit for entering both domestic and international labour markets.
The Faculty of Mass Media, the third academic division established in 2007, expanded the educational portfolio to the area of studies in mass media. The Faculty of Informatics (2009) was created as a response to a dynamic development of information technology. The Faculty of Psychology (2011) became the youngest faculty, which addresses a broad range of individual, public and social problems that consider both national and European trends.
Since the year of 2010 our establishment is called Paneuropean University. The name is associated with one of the ideologies that played a critical role in the formation of European identity. In 1923, Richard Coudenhove-Kalergi (1894-1972) summarized his vision on European integration and described dramatic consequences of failing to unite Europe in his book called Pan-Europa. Only Europe as whole сan sustain internal peace and external safety, economic growth, principles of society, which are based predominantly on mutual support and solidarity. All of this demands a degree of coherence that relies on сommon historical, cultural and ideological values. Supporters of the idea of united European identity do not associate it exclusively with the European Union, but with a gropolitical and cultural space in its broader sense.
The basic idea is the following: „Pan-Europe is the united Europe“, „e pluribus unum“ (unity in diversity). The ideology is considered to have its roots in the ancient Greek democracy, Roman law and a Judeo-Christian identity of Europe. Otto von Habsburg (1912-2011) was considered the leader of the Pan-European movement for 35 years. Milan Hodža (1878-1944) was a famous Pan-European activist in Slovakia.
Paneuropean University does not propagate any political views, yet it is in fact Pan-European. It brings academics to teach students from all over Western, Central and Eastern Europe. The establishment gladly utilizes benefits of European integration and contributes to its development. The educational principles of the University grasp the traditions of whole Europe in order to bring East and West closer. In order to fulfill this mission, University Identity Council was established to bring together scientists, policymakers, representatives of culture and church from many European countries. The Council is chaired by Karl von Habsburg-Lothringen, who regularly visits Paneuropean University to deliver speeches to its students and teachers.