Istanbul Aydin University (IAU) was established on May 18, 2007, as an initiative of Anadolu Education and culture Foundation,according to Law Number 5656 appendix-73 that was published in the Official Journal dated 18. 05. 2007 and with the number 26526. It started to function with 5 faculties, 2 graduate schools, 2 vocational higher schools, 2 research centers and 23 different educational programmes. Istanbul Aydin University was developed by the experience of Anadolu BIL College of Vocational Education, founded in 2003 with preexisting ties to an existing university, which in this sense was a unique example in turkey. With the establishment of IAU, the two institutions came together under the same umbrella, providing both undergraduate (associate's and bachelor's) and graduate degrees. Both IAU and ABMYO have roots in Anadolu Education and culture Foundation (AKEV).
The University's capacity has reached up to 8 faculties, 2 graduate schools, a school of foreign languages, 3 vocational schools, 8 research and application centers with 98 different educational programmes at undergraduate and graduate levels by the 2011-2012 academic year with distinguished academic, administrative and technical staff is proceeding towards the target of being one of the world's best universities.İstanbul Aydın University, (one of the youngest and the most dynamic universities of our country which is heading toward global education and international progress), offers contemporary scientific studies, and serves not only our country but also humanity. İstanbul Aydın University, taking the advantage of the opportunities of international cooperation and solidarity, which is essential in the international education, continues to have its voice heard in serving the nation in the fields of science and technology, while taking its proper place in the world with its contribution to education with all of its academic units in the local, national, and international arena.