Kılıç Seafood and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University executed a protocol on university-industry collaboration. Kılıç Seafood President Orhan Kılıç and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University President Prof. Hüseyin Çiçek signed an agreement which is intended to create Kılıç sponsored modules and internship opportunities for students.

Having uttered a speech in the signing ceremony, Kılıç Seafood President Orhan Kılıç expressed his satisfaction with forming a partnership with Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University. Mr Kılıç noted that Kılıç is a leading full-integrated company in the industry from fish fry production to fishmeal plants, packing and processing plant, logistics and export in Turkey and that the company boasts of 70 thousand tons of production volume which makes it one of the largest full-integrated plants in aquaculture industry. Having underlined that the company is the leading fish producer with exports to almost 70 countries, Mr Kılıç said “Kılıç Seafood has always outrun its Turkish and European competitors in terms of technology in aquaculture and pioneered the industry in terms of offshore fishery, R&D, quality processes and eco-sensitivity by acting as a leader in development of aquaculture in Turkey.”

Kılıç: “Academy – sector collaboration is important”

Mr Kılıç underlined the importance of research and development activities (R&D) and innovation processes. “We all know that growth is a critical component of productivity and competitive advantage in the entire world. It is important to ensure that knowledge acquired in universities is put to use in all economic activities. I believe this process will be accelerated and systematized thanks to university – industry collaboration,” he said.

Mr Kılıç took attention to the contribution of this collaboration to development of students and said, “Under this protocol between Kılıç and Muğla Sıtkı Koçman University, ‘Kılıç Seafood Preventive Veterinarian Practices in Fish Diseases’, ‘Kılıç Seafood Vaccination and Vaccine Technologies in Fish Diseases’, ‘Kılıç Seafood Innovation Processes and Management in Aquaculture’, ‘Kılıç Seafood R&D and P&D Technology in Aquaculture’ modules will be created and students will be provided with internship opportunities.”