The National Institut for education was founded on July 1 st , 2011 by merging the National Institute of Technical and Vocational Education (NUOV), the Research Institute of Education (VUP), and the Czech Institute for Educational-Psychological Guidance (IPPP CR). Its history thus stretches back to the year 1945, when the Comenius Research Institute of Education was founded in Prague. It was in 1950 when the basis for the later National Institute of Technical and Vocational Education was established in the founding of the Informational and Educational Centre for Economic Curricula in Vocational and Technical Schools. Its objective was to support educational initiatives at vocational and technical schools focused mostly on economics, but on other fields as well. The youngest of these initially separate institutions is the Czech Institute for Educational-Psychological Guidance which commenced its activities in 1994. As of October 1 st , 2014, the National Youth Information Centre (NICM) has also become part of the NIE.