Teknopark Ankara Hosts Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of TÜBİTAK
Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, President of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK); Prof. Dr. Metin Doğan, Rector of Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University; Mehmet Aslan, President of TÜBİTAK TEYDEB (Technology and Innovation Grant Programs Directorate), as well as representatives of manufacturers operating in the İvedik Organized Industrial Zone and in Teknopark Ankara attended a breakfast meeting held on July 25.
Hasan Gültekin, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Teknopark Ankara, made an opening speech in which he talked about the establishment of Teknopark Ankara and the developments seen since then.
He was followed to the podium by Prof. Dr. Hasan Mandal, who stressed that information should be processed cooperatively rather than alone: “Turkey, in the last 10 years, has stepped up to the mid-technology level from the low technology level, and now has a ratio of 4 percent in high technologies, compared to 25 percent in China, 27 percent in the Republic of Korea, and a 16 percent average in the European Union. Companies focusing on high technology needs more support, as Turkey needs to increase this ratio to 15 percent in line with its 2023 goals.”
Prof. Dr. Mandal commented on the relations between the İvedik Organized Industrial Zone, where Teknopark Ankara is located, and TÜBİTAK: “TÜBİTAK has received 267 project applications from 125 companies based in the İvedik Organised Industrial Zone. To date, the number of companies granted support has reached 84, while the number of supported projects is 136. Of the 59 companies attending today’s meeting, 41 have a relationship with TÜBİTAK, and these 41 companies have made 128 project applications. Among these companies, 30 have had their applications accepted for 80 projects. TÜBİTAK’s average support ratio for the TEYDEP program is 60 percent, while this ratio is higher than 70 percent in Teknopark Ankara. This is a success.”
The event concluded with company visits and an introduction to the campus following the speeches.
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