This said, POLIS was born out of the "new spirit" of the early 90-ies. Its origin is Co-PLAN, the Institute for Habitat Development (1995), a professional research institute on civic movement, participatory planning and good governance. By early 2000 Co-PLAN established the "Training and Exchange Center" which in 2006 was further extended into "POLIS International School of Architecture and Urban Development Policies".
The activity first started with Architecture (2006) and a year later with City Planning (2007). POLIS was institutionally and programmatically accredited in 2009. The new programs of Applied Art-Design became operational in 2010, while Environmental Studies were introduced in 2011. In 2010 POLIS launched an "International Life Long Learning Program" formed by 6-specializations (joint-degree Master with IHS /Erasmus University Rotterdam).
A year later, in 2012, the Albanian Government conferred the status of "Research University", to POLIS, a status that made POLIS eligible to run PhD Programs (a joint-degree Diploma with Ferrara University, Italy). Some new academic programs on Civil Engineering, MBA and Vocational School will start in September 2013.