United Nations University – Fisheries Training Program

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The UNU Fisheries Training Program 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 320 fellowships to qualified fisheries experts from over 50 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 - Food and Biotech R&D, University of Iceland, University of Akureyri and Hólar University. 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.

From the day the United Nations University Fisheries Training Program (UNU-FTP) was established here in Iceland, Matís has handled the specialist training in Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing part of the program.

During the 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. programs 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 Program 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. Example are courses that have been held in Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and other developing countries.

For more information, please go to www.unuftp.is/