Izmir 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 7 Faculties, 2 Schools, 3 Vocational Schools, 3 Graduate Schools, and 8 Research Centres. These academic units offer 17 different associate degree programs, 36 different undergraduate programs, 31 different graduate programs, and 6 different PhD programs. Seven of the undergraduate programs being offered are dual diploma programs executed jointly with the USA-(SUNY) New York State University. Izmir University of Economics has ERASMUS program agreement with 127 universities abroad and has academic cooperation protocol with 29 universities.