Strategic road maps of Biotechnology Institute can be categorized as education and research strategies.
1. Education Strategy:
The primary purpose of strategic planning for the postgraduate education at the Institute is to improve the quality of currently available postgraduate education. Goals defined for such purpose and the activities implemented to achieve such goals are as follows:
Bologna process harmonization: Activities performed for Bologna process harmonization include the introduction of postgraduate and doctoral programs for biotechnology, entering into website the information about its purpose and competencies and the information about the lessons included within the program and implementation of European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Preparing Biotechnology Institute graduates for their careers after graduation: Directing the students towards entrepreneurship in their careers: Students are encouraged to join entrepreneurship contests, during or after their education, and to build their own companies or join contests like project market with their own project ideas. “Bio entrepreneurship” lesson was opened for this very goal in the previous years. The objective of this lesson is to ensure that biotechnology, as a job definition and venture, and its status both in Turkey and around the world and the main elements of university-industry and university-entrepreneur cooperation and bio-entrepreneurship are well understood.
Provide our students with vision: Postgraduate and doctoral students are enabled to have theoretical and practical education in European Countries by using the student quote allocated to the institute for each semester within the scope of Erasmus Program and to contact with competent researches, who are invited to the institute within the scope of “Biotechnological Advancements I” lesson.
To Improve the Quality of Thesis: Postgraduate students are required to deliver posters or verbal announcements and doctoral students are required to provide articles as thesis outputs as requirements for graduation.
To raise the educational level of postgraduate students in our Institute, University and in all universities throughout Turkey about advanced genomics, proteomics and molecular cell biology: Ankara University Biotechnology Institute organizes “Summer Internship” open for application by all undergraduates each year. Students, who serve faculty members’ internship at the institute can easily find the subject and consultant they wish to study and have the opportunity to acquire knowledge about the work items of faculty members and programs before enrolment to a program.
To design a new program for 100/2000: In the context of this program that aims at generating and developing Technology Transfer ecosystem and in order to support doctoral students at public universities and to meet our needs for human resources with doctor’s degree, it is planned to accept applications to this program with our doctoral program, either available or planned to be opened, for education amongst 100 priority areas.
Accreditation of curriculums: In order to monitor the conformity of our postgraduate curriculums with perfection standards specified by accreditation units and to certificate our curriculums and to improve academic quality and to ensure that the program is recognized both nationally and internationally, it was aimed at creating the strategy and directives necessary for postgraduate accreditation at the first stage and to define quality-improving approaches and to generate a set of standards that enable appraising program quality.
2. Research Strategy:
Second part of the strategic road maps of Biotechnology Institute consists of research strategies.
Providing competent human resources: Biotechnology Institute is a unit focused on postgraduate research and education and employs staff members who serve as researchers after doctor’s degree for the projects. As of this moment, institute employs 3 post-doctoral researchers. Since 2012, 4 post-doctoral researchers, 3 visiting researchers, 2 Erasmus students work in agricultural biotechnology field and 8 visiting researches, 2 foreign 2216 doctoral students and 3 Erasmus students have come from abroad into the Institute to work in health biotechnology field. Institute has dispatched 7 students to foreign countries as per Erasmus since 2012. In the last 5 year, 3 out of 61 projects that our institute is involved in (2 being COST, 1 Unesco Loreal) are internationally supported. The number of articles published within the scope of international projects is 5 while the number of currently ongoing projects is 14.
Biotechnology Institute follows a policy for employment requiring that candidates should have foreign experience and experience in institute’s focus areas. Biotechnology Institute was lately given 2 academic upgrading staff in 2012, after which, unfortunately no staff members have been recruited. Therefore, with no new recruits or assignment for working at Biotechnology Institute since 2012, this process could not be developed further.
Biotechnology Institute SISBIYOTEK Advanced Research Unit became operational at the end of 2004 and was founded under a SPO project of TL 81.808.704 according to today’s (2019) financial value, and is a research infrastructure open for the use of all institutions and organizations, researches in our country as per the rules of the Institute. Many individuals and organizations have benefited from the unit such as the use of device, service, long-term research.
Developing and improving the research infrastructure: It has been 14 years since 2014 when SISBIYOTEK infrastructure became operational. During such period, most of the devices installed at the unit have expired (no spare parts available/repeated failures despite replacement). Therefore, SISBIYOTEK needs an extensive upgrade and update for devices. This is especially urgent for new generation genomics analysis devices and proteome research devices.
Institute has been in attempt to get involved in the Law for Research Infrastructures nr. 6550 since 2013. Smooth sustainability of Biotechnology Institute and the comprehensive device park it owns depend on the possibility of involvement in the said or a similar law. The most important development as a pioneer to this end is the erection of a new building, 3 times larger the current building in contribution with the grants by the Rectorate of Ankara University. So that Biotechnology Institute found the opportunity to gain a wider and actual physical condition as required. This new building will allow us to establish spaces for accreditation tests at our laboratory.