From the day the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme was established here in Iceland nearly eleven years ago Matís has handled the teaching of quality control for the school.
Margeir Gissurarson, project manager at Matís, oversees the teaching but many employees of Matís from its various fields have a hand in it. “Groups averaging around twenty students arrive in this class and a number of those then continue their work at our company when their final projects involve quality control and fish processing,” says Margeir. The quality control lessons at Matís last for about five months.
The first part is an introduction to the quality, safety and processing of seafood products but after that it varies by the students’ individual fields of study and their projects. Instructors for these projects then arrive from Matís.
“Those students who have done well with us often go on to a master’s or doctorate degree at the University of Iceland of universities in other countries, but all of these students come from third-world countries. The connections that have formed through our work for the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme mean a great deal both to Iceland and to our company. Indeed Matís has received projects in these countries directly through our connections with the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme and our own former students. For example we might name a course held in Uganda and Kenya. There is no doubt that it is a great victory for Iceland to be connected to the third-world countries in such a way in the field of fisheries as the students almost always move on to high-ranking, official posts in their home countries,” says Margeir.
For additional information please contact Margeir Gissurarson.
The United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme
The program was established in 1998 after a feasibility study conducted by the UNU and has since then offered over 220 fellowships to qualified fisheries experts from over 40 countries, and developed short courses on important topics in fisheries in partner countries. The programme is led by the in a formal cooperation with the Marine Research Institute, Matis Ltd – Food and Biotech R&D, University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri. UNU-FTP draws expertise from both the academia and also from the fishing industry to assist fellows to study issues of great importance to their home countries.
For more information, please go to www.unuftp.is/