Güler Sabancı, the Founding Chair of the Board of Trustees of Sabancı University, has paid a visit to the Composite Technologies Center of Excellence in Teknopark Istanbul.
Güler Sabancı came together with staff members of Kordsa and Sabancı University Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Research and Application Center (SU IMC) within the CTCE. After visiting the laboratories, Güler Sabancı received updates about the current work carried out in the center. During her visit, Güler Sabancı was accompanied by Cenk Alper, CEO of Sabancı Holding, Yusuf Leblebici, President of Sabancı University, Cevdet Alemdar, Sabancı Holding Industry Group President, Ali Çalışkan, CEO of Kordsa, and Mehmet Yıldız, Sabancı University’s Vice President for Research and Development.
Highlighting the importance of industry-university collaboration, Güler Sabancı said the following: “This is a place that has always excited me since it was established. Kordsa has a special place in my career. I was the CEO of Kordsa for 14 years. Today, Kordsa and Sabancı University are in a very fruitful cooperation. We set a good example of industry-university collaboration in Turkey. I have observed that very good work is done here in our Center. You have a beautiful mission and everyone makes very valuable contributions towards this mission. I extend my sincere thanks to everyone for their work and contributions.”
Yusuf Leblebici, President of Sabancı University, said they had a unique center in Turkey, and added the following: “You cannot find many examples of such an industry-university collaboration model in the world, let alone Turkey. This place is a source of pride for us. Your work is of great importance to us. I would like to thank you all so much for your dedication. As Sabancı University, we are always by your side.”
Cenk Alper, CEO of Sabancı Holding CEO stated they had high expectations for the center. He continued: “We have carried this Center to a very good point so far. We have reached a maturity level, so the Center can progress much faster than before. What we wish for Sabancı University and Kordsa is that they achieve much greater projects thanks to their collaboration. I believe they will realize projects with a global impact.”