İzmir University of Economics, which is the first foundation university in Izmir and in Aegean region, was established in 2001 by “Izmir Chamber of Commerce Education and Health Foundation” in accordance with the provisions of Turkish Republic Constitution, Law No: 2547, Higher Education Law and Regulations about Foundation Higher Education Institutions. Izmir University of Economics aims to nurture individuals who are creative and entrepreneurial, dedicated and wholly committed to Ataturk’s principles and reforms.
The University currently has 8 Faculties, 2 Schools, 3 Vocational Schools, 4 Graduate Schools, and 10 Research and Application Centers.
These academic units offer 32 different associate degree programs, 35 different undergraduate programs, 38 different graduate programs, and 9 different PhD programs.
Department of "Fashion and Textile Design" accepts students through pre-registration/apptitude test and associate degree programs accept students through student selection and placement center (placed by OSYM).
Izmir University of Economics has ERASMUS+ agreements with 168 universities in 26 countries and academic cooperation protocol with 41 universities abroad as of March, 2019.
As the domestic policy of the Ottoman Empire, “Chamber of Commerce” was established in 1885 in İzmir, the trade city of the centuries. This establishment was first beneficial for the tradesmen. However, it could not be active in long wars and occupation period. Positive works increased in Republic period. İzmir Chamber of Commerce strengthened its long-standing structure and became the leading non-governmental organization of Turkey. Currently, it has total of 80 thousand members, 61 thousand of which are active, and 19 thousand inactive. İzmir Chamber of Commerce, which has been one of the leading chambers of Turkey with its reputation, has always been the symbol of innovations and changes since the Economics Congress that was held in İzmir in 1923 where Atatürk also attended in person. The “İzmir Chamber of Commerce Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation” was established in 1988 under the leadership of İzmir Chamber of Commerce, which has continuously increased its incomes for over a century. Among its aims was “opening private universities in order to educate the young people to serve for the economics of the country.” The basis of this aim was the item in 1923 İzmir Economics Congress that said, “Schaools for economics education should be established, executed and supported by the chambers of commerce in big cities that are trade centers.”
The Foundation that survives with the support of the benefactors in İzmir has supported many students by opening primary school buildings, İzmir Chamber of Commerce Foundation Industry Vocational High School and vocational courses. The Foundation that also serves in health sector has established İzmir Chamber of Commerce Süleyman Taştekin Eşrefpaşa Clinic. However, the foundation university that İzmir was looking forward could be established in 2001. The support of İzmir Chamber of Commerce and Foundation has the biggest role in the success of İzmir University of Economics from the very first academic year to today.
After the establishment of the first foundation university, Bilkent, in Ankara pursuant to the 130th item of the Constitution, amendments were made to Higher Education Law No.2547. The Regulations of Higher Education Institutions that came into effect by being published in the official gazette dated April 10, 1991 and numbered 20841 allowed the establishment of a foundation university. Following the Regulations of Higher Education Institutions, İzmir Chamber of Commerce Social Assistance and Solidarity Foundation changed its name to “İzmir Chamber of Commerce Education and Health Foundation” in 1995.
After that, bureaucratic and legal procedures began. The works became more intensive when İzmir Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors fully supported the Founder Board of Directors. However, there was a problem, the place to establish the university could not be found. In the meantime, in the meeting of Privatization High Commission dated November 14, 2000 numbered 2000/83it was decided to establish İzmir University of Economics in Sümer Conglomerate area with 160 000 m² in Halkapınar which was losing money. The bureaucrats in İzmir, the trade unions, Law on the Protection of Natural Heritage, Chamber of Architects and some political party members, precluded this decision. The Nazilli Chintz Factory, which was in the same decision, was assigned to Adnan Menderes University without problem.
The founders worked day and night, looked for alternative places and the University was established officially with 2 faculties, 5 vocational schools, and 2 institutes with the Law numbered 4633 published in official gazette numbered 24373 dated April 14, 2001. The date that the legislation was enacted is being celebrated as the foundation date of the university. Meanwhile, after some researches with the proposal of Metropolitan Mayor Ahmet Piriştina the university was decided to be established on July 01, 2001 in Grand plaza hotel, which was abandoned for nine years. The bureaucratic procedures and hard amendment works against time were completed. There were 288 students in the first year in the conference hall, classes, office rooms, restaurant, cafeterias, student dormitory and main building that was completed in three months. With the beginning of the courses on Monday, October 22, 2001 and the official opening ceremony on Friday, October 26, 2001 9th President of Republic Süleyman Demirel gave the first lesson.
The Mission of İzmir University of Economics is to educate and equip qualified students with leadership attributes, entrepreneurial capabilities, critical thinking skills and the ability to contribute valuable research in a variety of sciences.
The Vision of İzmir University of Economics is to become a pre-eminent institution of higher learning at the forefront of education on a universal level and to pioneer valuable research in a variety of disciplines.
Participation; the fostering of an academic environment which is universal, flexible, pluralist, transparent and open to collaboration.
Innovation; to take part in interdisciplinary research and development activities, which are effective, creative and on the leading edge of new discoveries,
Social Responsibility; to be responsible within the community by effectively managing its social resources in the production and dissemination of universal knowledge,
Perfectionism; to consistently focus on the best possible outcome in every activity.
There are various size classrooms with all kinds of visual, audial appliances and internet connections in buildings on campus area. These buildings include;
On campus there are sports areas, dance halls, and basketball fields. Dormitory building is also located on campus. Additionally, there is a place where students can have their meals.
Other areas in the existing buildings can be listed as; conference halls, reading room and library, kitchen, infirmary, kiosks and dormitory.
Restaurants and Cafes can be listed as;
Starbucks, Inbox, Altınkapı Döner, Cafe Mio, Sofra Yemek, Milky, Healthy Court