Kadir Has University and Silivri Municipality are signing a very special cooperation. A protocol was signed on 27 December 2021 for the Silivri Technology Development Zone project, which will be implemented in the Selimpaşa Campus of the university. At the signing ceremony held at the Silivri Municipality, Kadir Has University Rector Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz and Vice Rector and R&D Resources Director Prof. Dr. Hasan Dağ met with Silivri Mayor Volkan Yılmaz.
With the partnership of Kadir Has University and Silivri Municipality, he has been working for the establishment of Silivri Technology Development Zone in the area where Selimpaşa Campus is located for about two years. An exemplary cooperation model was developed with Silivri Municipality for this project and a protocol was signed on Monday, 27 December 2021. The protocol signing ceremony was attended by Kadir Has University Rector Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, Kadir Has University Vice Rector and Director of R&D Resources Prof. Dr. Hasan Dağ, Silivri Mayor Volkan Yılmaz, Deputy Mayor Emre Sarısaltıkoğlu and members of the press attended.
It is aimed to register an area of 49 square meters, which is owned by Silivri Municipality and allocated to Kadir Has University for 100.179,72 years, as a Technology Development Zone and to establish a Technopark in the region. Thanks to the Technopark project that will come to life, it is aimed to create different investment areas, to offer new employment opportunities, and to contribute to the economy of the region and the country, with the R&D studies to be carried out on the axis of "Municipalities, Universities and Industrial Organizations".
“WE WILL BUILD AN ECOSYSTEM TO DEVELOP ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY PRODUCTS AND SERVICES”
“We are taking the first step together so that our Selimpaşa Campus can serve the region and our country as a technopark,” said Prof. Dr. Sondan Durukanoğlu Feyiz, in his speech at the signing ceremony, said: “The Silivri Technology Development Zone we will establish will be different from other technoparks: First of all, we will create an ecosystem where high-tech products and services based on R&D will be developed. In this ecosystem, we will lead especially young academicians and university students to establish innovative companies with their knowledge and skills. In addition, supporting gender and equal opportunities in this technopark will be one of our main goals.”
Stating that another distinguishing feature of this initiative is that the project is carried out jointly with a local government that knows the region very well and has a grasp of the needs, Prof. Durukanoğlu Feyiz underlined that in this way, they will set a good example for the cooperation between the university and the local municipality.
"A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO EXPORT"
Stating that the number of companies carrying out R&D studies in nearly 90 technology development regions in Turkey exceeds 6.800, and the number of personnel employed in these companies exceeds 70, Prof. Dr. Hasan Dağ shared striking numbers in his speech: “According to the data of our Ministry of Industry and Technology, 1.332 patents have been registered by companies operating in these regions, the application process for 2.937 patents is still ongoing. 41.520 projects have been completed so far in technology development zones, and the number of projects worked on has exceeded 11. The export figures of prototype and license sales alone exceeded $200 billion.”
Stating that the Technology Development Zone, which will be established in partnership with Silivri Municipality, aims to contribute to the expansion of our country's high value-added products and services, to contribute to this field in exports, and to increase the number of qualified entrepreneurs and personnel. Mountain, domestic production and development will be accelerated; He stated that entrepreneurs in and around the district, especially women entrepreneurs, will be encouraged and supported.
“WE ARE TAKING AN IMPORTANT STEP FOR SİLİVRİ AND THE ECONOMY OF THE COUNTRY”
“With Technopark, we aim to create new investment and employment areas in our region and thus contribute to the country's economy. Another issue that I attach great importance to within the scope of the project is that an agricultural technopark, which will be the first in Turkey, will be established here. In this way, we will enable the development of the agricultural sector, the production of new strategies, and the support of our farmers and livestock producers in many areas. Again, thanks to the agricultural technopark, I would like to express that we will give special importance to our women farmers and young farmers,” said Volkan Yılmaz, Mayor of Silivri, and continued as follows:
“We will build a public facility, designed by Silivri Municipality, where our citizens living in Silivri can do social, cultural and sports activities without spending a penny, on a 100.000 square meter section of the 25.000 square meter land of Kadir Has University. It will be a very valuable and very prestigious technopark!”