Outreach and Development

Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing for Developing Countries

From the day the United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNU-FTP) was established here in Iceland nearly twelve years ago, Matís has handled the specialist training on Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing for the school.

Margeir Gissurarson, project manager at Matís, oversees the teaching but many professionals at Matís, from its various fields of specialization conduct the training activities. “Groups averaging around twenty students are selected to join the program every year and a number of those then continue their work at our company when their final projects involve Quality Management and Fish Processing,” says Margeir.

Both in Iceland and abroad

During the training in Quality Management and Fish Processing, students receive daily lectures from specialists at Matís and are given assignments.  During the lecture period, that last for six weeks the students will develop ideas for a final project in collaboration with a supervisor from Matís. “Those students who have done well with us often go on to an Master's or a Ph.D. degree at the University of Iceland or universities in other countries, but all of these students come from developing countries. The connections that have formed through our work for the United Nations University Fisheries Training Program mean a great deal both to Iceland and to our company. Indeed Matís has received projects in many developing countries directly through partnership with the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme and our own former students. For example, we might name courses held in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and other countries. There is no doubt it is of great importance for us to develop connections with the students as many of them move on to high-ranking, official posts in their home countries,” says Margeir.