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Leather Industry and University Business Association: How to Focus on Sectoral Education in 2023?

“It is necessary to establish an operation plan for University Industry Cooperation, to shape the university infrastructure and the education programs according to the needs of the industry, to ensure that the university and the industry are always in the interior”

The sub-sectors, such as leather and footwear and apparel, are labor-intensive and highly value-added. The high added value is also related to the surplus of dependent factors in production. So; The production is carried out both by human contribution and by the conversion of other factors into association and output. Therefore; The main determinant of sectoral development and sustainable production is the trained manpower. Designing and following up the appropriate raw materials in production, designing and following the processes to be applied for product conversion, carrying out organizational regulations and administrative processes, evaluation of environmental factors, implementation of measures and requirements based on environmental effects, application of quality assessment of products, identification of economic effects, Approaches to education are points that show how important sectoral education and especially university education are.. Certainly; The development of a sector leads to a certain acceleration and development tendency in affiliated sectors or it brings along an effect which includes other sectoral fields in this process. Therefore, during the same period, the same development process was observed in the sub-sector areas that constitute the leather sector and traditional production models started to be modernized. In the same period, the main element of the sectoral production, the trained staff member, is an example of an important change. The need for technical personnel, whose priorities are met from abroad, has revealed the importance of activating our own dynamics. The need to move production to the years 2000 and beyond has transformed the process of cultivating engineers with a universal vision that can comprehend sectoral expansions and adapt the field to developments. Today, our leather sector has a respectable position and an important influence when it is evaluated in terms of product quality and production amount. China ranks second and Europe comes at 10th place in the world after China, the world’s largest leather maker, with a total of 15-16 million tons of production per year, followed by Italy with a very high commercial share in the value chain, and in the top 10 in the world. The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) has a potential to hold its sectoral target of 5 billion $ in the “Target 2023, Export 500 Billion $” strategic target for the 100th anniversary of our Republic. The development of a sector with such a great potential has also a great importance for our country. This development will only be possible with the training of engineers equipped with University-Industry Cooperation. Academic education at this stage is an important step. A Change in the Leather Industry has become a necessity in today’s world as in all industries. While the competition is globalizing, the “I can sale what I produce” cycle in the old Russian market is behind. As leather sector, we are in a period where we need to spend our energy and resources in order to enable our industry to produce more added value. The most important reasons why this cooperation between the University and Leather Industry can not be achieved at the current level; The fact that the science they produce is not planned in the framework of the industry and therefore the industry can not meet the needs and expectations, Lack of sufficient facilities and laboratories to support the University-Industry Cooperation in the university and / or as ineffective as competence, insufficient number of faculty members, laboratories and infrastructure to meet the needs of industry and industry, The fact that the faculty members can not recognize the industry as competently, the problem of cooperating should be solved only from the academic perspective, the industry is closed out and there is not a structure for tradition and technological researches, no need for AR & GE investment and lack of sufficient staff. When these problems are taken into account; Key factors that will play a key role in solving problems are as follow; it is considered to be constantly interwoven by activities such as Establishing an operation plan for University-Industry Cooperation, shaping the university infrastructure and training programs according to the needs of the industry, training and seminars, meetings of the university and industry. Nowadays, leather and bonded sectors have to produce technical and technological products that are suitable for modern living conditions and can meet the needs of the technology age. This is also the most important requirement of our national leather industry to comply with its sustainable production and 2023 objectives, the most necessary conditional and international competitiveness.

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