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Middle East Technical University & ODTÜ TEKNOKENT Turkey’s Pioneer in University-Industry Cooperation

METU has proudly completed hundreds of projects within the scope of cooperation with defense industry companies. In this exclusive interview with Prof. Mustafa Verşan KÖK - METU Rector & Chairman of ODTÜ TEKNOKENT discusses the impressive and innovative projects that have been launched, and the success of the establishment of the Defense Industry Research and Technology Development Sub-Region (SATGEB) at ODTÜ TEKNOKENT in 2006. R&D departments of major contractors of the industry such as Aselsan, Havelsan and Turkish Aerospace are located at ODTÜ TEKNOKENT where new entrepreneurs, scientists, researchers cultivate collaboration, building upon Turkey’s strengths and future vision.

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Defence Turkey: Presently, nearly 5000 METU graduates are working as engineers, researchers and executives at defense industry companies such as Aselsan, Roketsan, Turkish Aerospace, FNSS and Havelsan. Could you by briefly inform our readers on METU’s cooperation as a university with the defense industry? 

Mustafa Versan KÖK: Middle East Technical University has always been a prominent pioneer not only in terms of education but also with respect to industrial cooperation. Various engineering departments and branches in our university enabled us considerably in contributing to various industrial collaborations, and in particular to the defense industry.