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, “Schools 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 following units were opened in the first academic year and it is developed in time with the new units and departments: UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAM (4 YEARS) PROGRAM NAME Student Admission Economics 2001-2002 Mathematics 2001-2002 Business Administration 2001-2002 Fashion and Textile Design 2001-2002 Political Science and International Relations 2001-2002 International Trade and Finance 2002-2003 Public Relations and Advertising 2003-2004 Computer Engineering 2003-2004 Software Engineering 2003-2004 Translation and Interpretation 2004-2005 Logistics Management 2004-2005 Industrial Design 2004-2005 Interior Architecture and Environmental Design 2004-2005 Visual Communication Design 2004-2005 Media and Communication 2004-2005 Psychology 2005-2006 Architecture 2005-2006 Industrial Engineering 2005-2006 Department of Gastronomy and Culinary Arts 2008-2009 Electrical And Electronics Engineering 2010-2011 Sociology 2010-2011 Faculty of Law 2012-2013 Food Engineering 2012-2013 Accounting and Auditing 2012-2013 Cinema and Digital Media 2012-2013 Civil Engineering 2013-2014 Nursing 2014-2015 Mechanical Engineering 2015-2016 Biomedical Engineering 2016-2017 Mechatronics Engineering 2016-2017 Aerospace Engineering 2016-2017 Genetics and Bioengineering 2016-2017 Faculty of Medicine 2017-2018 Physics 2017-2018 VOCATIONAL SCHOOL (2 YEARS) PROGRAM NAME Student Admission Justice 2012-2013 Foreign Trade 2012-2013 Accounting and Tax Applications 2012-2013 Banking and Insurance 2012-2013 Radio and TV Programming 2012-2013 Computer Programming 2013-2014 Occupational Health and Safety 2013-2014 Documentation and Secreteriat 2013-2014 Elderly Care 2013-2014 Graphic Design 2014-2015 Tourism and Hotel Management 2014-2015 Civil Aviation Transportation Management 2014-2015 Civil Aviation Cabin Services 2014-2015 Paramedic 2014-2015 Construction Technology 2015-2016 Applied English and Translation 2015-2016 Child Development 2015-2016 Opticianry 2015-2016 Medical Imaging Techniques 2015-2016 Physioterapy 2015-2016 Interior Design 2016-2017 Architectural Restoration 2016-2017 Furniture and Decoration 2016-2017 Medical Laboratory Techniques 2016-2017 Real Estate and Real Estate Management 2017-2018 Marketing 2017-2018 Graphic Design (EE) 2017-2018 Computer Programming (EE) 2017-2018
Founded: 2001
Country: Turkey