EURIE is endorsed and supported by EURAS, Eurasian Universities Union. Launched in 2008, EURAS is the union of Eurasian higher education institutions. EURAS is a non-profit international association, promoting cooperation among 95 universities from all around Europe, Asia and the Middle East and working for the advancement of educational standards in the Eurasian region. EURAS connects higher education institutions belonging to different geo-political and cultural backgrounds and seeks ways to enhance their dialogue and exchange of best practices. Other collaborative partners of EURIE are Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey and its Higher Education Business Council.