Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK)

Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) is a non-profit private sector organisation. It aims to develop Turkey’s economic, commercial, industrial and financial relations with foreign countries as well as international business communities.

As of April 2016, 130 business councils and its members consist of 900 companies; 103 founding institutions representing a wide range of sectoral and regional business associations, unions, chambers and exchanges; 2000 represantatives.


Higher Education Business Council(EEIK)

Since Service Sectors have displayed a high growth performance and built capacity for return, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) decided to build corporate capacity for those sectors. Accordingly, the first step taken by DEIK was to form Health Tourism Business Council. Afterwards, Higher Education Business Council (EEIK) was formed as a result of the determination that education export is the other service sector having notable potential.

Within EEIK, there are foundation universities, fair organisation companies, and other institutions that operate in international education sector. Public Institutions like Ministry of National Education and the Council of Higher Education (YOK) and state universities are within EEIK as consultant members.



The main objective of the council is to provide that demand for international education particularly for education that originated from countries in the region, would be directed towards Turkey. Furthermore, in tandem with high-level cooperation with private sector, public institutions and boards; and by all partners, the council aims to develop essential basis to convert Turkey into an ‘attraction center” for higher education.

According to those objectives, council focuses on;

  • Increasing the entry of international students in the country via bilateral and multilateral international cooperation,
  • Determining the standards and priorities of publicity admission policies,
  • Building regulatory basis, which is necessary for accomplishing those objectives,
  • Coming through the adaptation process, in which intercultural, social and economic environment has been more cosmopolitan by higher education,
  • To urge international students becoming Turkey’s future Honorary Consuls, besides of their economic and academic contributions to the country.