MMU Launched the Management Development Center

Management Development Center (MDC), founded by Marmara Municipalities Union (MMU) has started its activities with a conference on 14 January 2020.

MMU has opened its new center, MDC, with the aim of upgrading the skills of the employees working in local governments in order to support them in transforming their institutions to catch up with their counterparts in the world and to provide better services to citizens. In the opening speech of the inaugural conference, MMU Secretary General M. Cemil Arslan said that “We value knowledge and we have established a center that is eager to consider any knowledge irrespective of the identity of the producer of that knowledge. We would like to establish an open, prolific, knowledge-based system which takes into account relations among different disciplines and discusses matters on the local level. For a healthy, safe, clean city that offers high quality of life, active and efficient local governance is needed. Under the roof of this center, we will support local governments with our democratic and transparent studies.”

After the opening speech, Mr. Bekir Ağırdır, the Executive Director of KONDA Research Center, gave a talk titled “Metropoles and New Local Governance.” Mr. Ağırdır stressed that “ Today, institutions’ expectation from the administrators is not only that they are to know and apply the regulations. Instead, it is expected that administrators display an ability to notice the latest developments in the world and the opportunities for cities with a broader perspective; to determine their institutions’ strategies, values and approaches accordingly; to apply them and spread them among their teams.”

The center will support institutional capacity building activities of local governments. Within the center, activities such as trainings, research, experience sharing meetings, workshops, panels, symposiums and conferences will be carried out to improve the management systems of institutions by bringing together academicians and practitioners.