Upon the invitation of TÜSİAD, President of TÜBİTAK, Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL visited TÜSİAD Head Quarter. In this meeting main topics discussed were the collaboration opportunities between TÜSİAD and TÜBİTAK on digital transformation, mentorship to innovation firms and STEAM education.
At first, President of TÜBİTAK Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL as well as General Director of TÜSİAD Erol BİLECİK made opening talks of the meeting. Afterwards, TÜSİAD representatives presented the ongoing Works in TÜSİAD, Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL gave a presentation on “The Place of TÜBİTAK in Science, Technology and Innovation Ecosystem”.
Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL mentioned that in order to be at a higher level in the global competitiveness index, Turkey should give more importance to the high technology work and its applications. He specifically drew attention to the TÜBİTAK-1004 “High Technology Platforms” Programme which allows collaborations between higher education institutions and research infrastructures. He also talked about the TÜBİTAK “Industry Innovation Network”.
President Prof. Dr. Hasan MANDAL: “One of the main goals of 2023 is to produce knowhow. To do this, having qualified human resources is very important. TÜBİTAK has developed a new PhD programme ‘Industry PhD Programme’ that will increase and improve the university-industry collaborations.” Prof. MANDAL also mentioned the importance of R&D based companies, and talked about the details of the new programme “TÜBİTAK Tech-InvesTR”.
At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed on to improve cooperation on the matters discussed during the meeting. TÜSİAD board members Bahadır BALKIR, İdli YİĞİTBAŞI, Dean of Engineering Faculty of Özyeğin University Prof. Dr. Tanju ERDEM, and TÜSİAD Digital Translation in Industry Working Group members participated at the meeting.