Selcuk Yaşar Sports and Education Foundation decided to establish Yaşar University in 1999. Yaşar Group of Companies, known for their contribution and leadership in the Turkish economy, wished to establish a contemporary university.
Turkish National Assembly passed Law number 4633 on March 29, 2001 with which the university was born. Education started within its Alsancak premises in the academic year of 2002-2003.
A study group defined Yaşar University 's vision and mission. Accordingly the university will merge technology and science, will emphasize technology and integrate to the global education system. The study group decided a road map, according to which new departments, needs and tendencies of the society were assessed. These represent the action plan of the university.