In the rapidly developing world, the foundation of developed countries is the acquisition of the economic value of knowledge by converting the knowledge, technology and innovation produced in universities into products with high added value, into production. We are living in an era where countries that seem to be far away have a very serious share in the global market, and therefore businesses that are producing anywhere in the world are forced to develop innovative products or new methods of production. Countries with a per capita national income of more than ten thousand dollars stand out as the countries that allocate resources to science, technology, R & D and innovation, and are seen to be ahead of other countries in terms of providing social and economic prosperity. The first requirement of this sustainability is the qualified and experienced expert human resources in universities, which are to be realized through R & D activities that will be absolutely carried out to develop products with high added value, and that these activities will be sustainable in order to be concluded with success. Countries that can effectively use qualified human resources within universities are taking their countries and businesses one step forward in global competition.
Since the early 1990s, the concept of University-Industry cooperation, which we have frequently heard on the agenda of our country, still remains on the top of the agenda of the country. Although the university research infrastructure and OIZ infrastructure, which are necessary for the healthy execution of university-industry cooperation in our country, have been completed to a great extent and are supported by the political will for cooperation, it has not yet reached the desired level. Many factors have an effect on not reaching the desired level. There is no functional communication mechanism between the university and industry that can be in institutional, sustainable and continuous communication, or it is not used effectively enough, no institutional common platform is established, the industry does not know what the university and the faculty members proficiency are, and the industry expects fast and economic solutions from the universities for the problems, the limited time and capital on this subject, the lack of knowledge of the private sector about the content of the services provided by the universities, are among the major problems that need to be solved in order to carry out University-Industry cooperation on a healthy platform. Selçuk University, which is one of the long-established and major universities of our country, works towards the solution of these deficiencies and has the capacity and potential to make significant contributions to our city, region and our country with its staff and infrastructure accumulation.
In order to increase the contribution of this capacity and potential to local and regional development, “Construction and Implementation of Sectoral Services Management Processes” has been initiated. This application was started by Prof. Dr. Mustafa ŞAHIN who appointed on 14.01.2016 as Selçuk University Rector, on 15.02.2016 in line with the ideas and the directions given by him and the Coordination of the application was made by him at every stage. Efforts were carried out to transfer the high capacity and potential of the university to sectors and stakeholders (university-sector cooperation). First of all, inventory records have been created for all services offered or offered in faculties, colleges, vocational schools, applications, and research centers, and all services in this inventory have been presented to the sector in both printed and digital platforms. The “sectoral services coordinator” was established by the university administration within Selcuk University in order to ensure the sustainability of the practices and activities carried out for sectoral services and to provide an institutional structure. Since the day it was established to the present, as a sectoral services coordinator, by visiting the private sector organizations operating in our city and in the region, the absence of a functional, sustainable and continuous communication mechanism between the university and industry, which constitutes a problem for cooperation, solutions were made to problems such as the lack of a common corporate platform, and the industry's lack of knowledge about the subject matter of the university and its faculty. In order to prevent the lack of an institutional and sustainable structure between the university and industry, to make result-oriented decisions and to implement the University-Industry and Public Collaboration at the highest level, the representatives of industrialists, non-governmental organizations and public institutions started to operating in our advisory board of the rector of Selçuk University Prof.Dr. Mustafa ŞAHİN.
The mission of our Coordinator; is to produce sustainable scientific and technological solutions for our country by using research, development and innovation competencies, combining theory and practical knowledge, increasing the experience of university faculty members and students towards the application, providing research opportunities for scientific activities, encouraging researchers and students to develop product and patent studies, giving all kinds of support in this field, and providing scientific and internal activities as well as external activities. One of the main goals is to lead R & D / UR-GE-oriented studies, to support research infrastructures of the real sector, and to support the real sector as a solution partner by using the existing knowledge, experience and scientific infrastructure of the university.
Our university, which has achieved many important accomplishments since its establishment, is among the leading institutions of our country in the field of research infrastructure. By further strengthening this leading position, the strategic University of the state continues its work in accordance with the targets of “Turkey's Strategic Vision 2023”. Our Coordinators, in accordance with the University's ''Researcher University'' identity, utilizing the scientific infrastructure from the past to the present day, utilizing its scientific and technological innovations, producing solutions to the problems of the real sector, creating competition, developing the innovations of the age in a functional way and offering them to the use of the real sector, continue to work as a coordinator that can compete like a real sector, which is a balance element in a free market economy.