Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK)

Upon its establishment in 1986, the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) was assigned with the following tasks: to organize and manage the foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector, in particular with respect to foreign trade, international investments, services, contracting and logistics; to analyze investment opportunities at home and abroad; to help boost the country’s exports, and to coordinate similar business development activities.

In 2014, DEİK was restructured, and with law No: 6552 of 11 September 2014 assigned the task of “conducting the foreign economic relations of the Turkish private sector”, to become “business diplomacy” organization comprising Business Councils, Founding Institutions and individual members that represent Turkey’s business community and its leading entrepreneurs, contributing to the functioning of the institution on a ‘voluntary basis’.

Higher Education Business Council(EEIK)

Higher Education Business Council (EEİK) was established in 2011 under the umbrella of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEİK) to promote higher education services in Turkey to globe. For this purpose, EEIK works in close cooperation with the public and private institutions to transform Turkey into a renowned global center of learning. Since its establishment, EEİK has been chaired by Dr. Mustafa Aydın, the president of Istanbul Aydın University.


The main goals of the Business Council are:

  • to promote Turkey’s higher education services to the global markets,
  • to attract international demand for higher education in Turkey,
  • to establish infrastructure to transform country into a renowned centre of learning while having close cooperation with the public and private sectors and all other stakeholders



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.

Higher Education Business Council (EEİK) Executive Board

Member Universities

Atılım University

Bahçeşehir University

Beykent University

Beykoz University

Bilkent University

Doğuş University

Gedik University

Haliç University

Hasan Kalyoncu University

Işık University

İstanbul Aydın University

İstanbul Ayvansaray University

İstanbul Bilgi University

İstanbul Kavram Vocational College

İstanbul Kemerburgaz University

İstanbul Kültür University

İstanbul Şehir University

İstanbul Ticaret University

Kadir Has University

Koç University

Nişantaşi University

Özyeğin University

Sabancı University

Ted University

Üsküdar University

Yaşar University

Yeditepe University