The first cooperation protocol including the establishment of the infrastructure for the development of seed production by increasing agricultural production and productivity, research and development activities for practice, and training and extension services for staff, students and farmers was signed between Malatya Turgut Özal University (MTU) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry General Directorate of Plan Production (GDPP) with the participation of Ayşe Ayşin Işıkgece, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut, MTU Rector and Dr Mehmet HAsdemir, General Manager.
Rector Prof. Dr. Aysun Bay Karabulut stated that they aim the correct and effective use of resources within the scope of the protocol and said “Within the scope of the protocol, effective use of public resources and prevention of waste is targeted with the help of joint use of Laboratories, Lands, Machinery and equipment, Application areas and R&D centers owned by our university and the General Directorate of Plant Production in order to ensure the efficient use of public resources”.
Stating that it is aimed to increase university-public cooperation with the signed protocol, Rector Karabulut said “It includes arrangements to cooperate in the formation of priority working subjects of the Ministry, develop advanced R&D projects and increase the efficiency of trained human resources within the institutions. In this context, we aim to enable the personnel with doctorate degrees within the Ministry to take part in the theses conducted at the relevant institutes of our university as second advisors”
“The Protocol aims to increase agricultural production and productivity”
It was stated that additional quotas will be allocated for the Ministry’s staff to the graduate programs to be opened within the university in the subjects that the ministry prioritizes and will contribute to the academic development of the Ministry personel with the protocol. Malatya Turgut Özal University will provide the necessary infrastructures for increasing agricultural production and productivity, delivering new information and technologies to farmers quickly and effectively, farmer training studies, training of trainers along with education application centers that the ministry may need in the protocol.
“MTU Students Will Be Accepted As Interns”
Rector Karabulut said “One of the most important issues signed with the protocol was the professional experience of university students. Rector Prof. Dr. Karabulut said “Within the framework of the criteria and budget possibilities determined by the Ministry with the Vocational Education Law, an important step has been taken towards accepting at least 5% of the total number of personnel to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry as interns. In this way, students from MTU Faculty of Agriculture develop their theoretical and practical training at the university with their professional experience and the qualified workforce needed by the sector will be met” .