Senior officials from numerous countries in Africa, Central- and South America and Asia are visiting Matís today.
The purpose of their visit is to get to know and evaluate the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FTP) in which Matís plays an important role. Matís has been responsible for and is managing and running the “Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing” line of the UNU program.
This visit is an important step for these official to know more about UNU-FTP as they, when they return home, have a better understanding what criteria students must meet when selected to be a part of the prestigious UNU-FTP program.
In addition to visiting Matís’ headquarters, the officials will familiarize themselves with the operations of the Marine Research Institute, the University of Akureyri and other partners in the program, as the program has partnered with numerous companies in the fishing industry.
About the UNU-FTP
The UNU-FTP is a postgraduate training program that offers applied training in various areas of the fisheries sector for practicing professionals in the less developed countries. Matís plays an important role in the program.
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 program is led by the Marine Research Institute in a formal cooperation with the Matís 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.
UNU-FTP offers training in six areas of specialization where the student conduct their studies over a six months period. Matís has been responsible and running the area of Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing since the school began in 1998 and graduated over 80 student from various countries of the world. The Quality Management line is the only area of specialization that has been offered every year from the beginning of the school.
In 2011, 19 students are enrolled in the school of who 6 are doing their studies at Matís. The students attend lectures on fish processing and quality for two month period that is followed by a three month project work were students do their theses with guidance of a supervisor.
The supervisor is a Matís’ employee, Margeir Gissurarson.