United Nation University – Fisheries Training Programme

The UNU Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) is a postgraduate training program that offers applied training in various areas of the fisheries sector for practicing professionals in less developed countries. Matís plays an important role in the program.

The programme 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 has developed short courses on important topics in fisheries in partner countries. The programme is led by the Marine Research Institute in formal cooperation with the Matís – Food and Biotech R&D, University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri.


    UNU-FTP draws expertise from academia and the fishing industry to assist fellows in studies of great importance to their home countries.

    From the day the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) was established here in Iceland, Matís has handled the specialist training in Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing. During their training in Quality Management and Fish Processing, students receive daily lectures from specialists at Matís and are given assignments under their supervision. Students that stand out may be offered to enter the Master or Ph.D. programmes at the University of Iceland or universities in other countries. The connections that have been established between Matís and the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme mean a great deal both to Iceland and to our company. Through this cooperation, Matís has received projects in many developing countries directly through partnership with the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme and former students. For example, our courses have been held in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and in other emerging markets.