Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Moncef Boukthir said Thursday that Tunisia ranks second in the world for the percentage of graduates in technology, engineering and mathematics.
Speaking at a workshop organized on the sidelines of the Investment Forum in Tunisia, which is being held on June 23 and 24 in Gammarth, the Minister added that Tunisia occupies first place in the world in the share of expenditure allocated to education and teaching in relation to its gross domestic product.
He considered that this honorable ranking is the result of a policy focused on quality, stressing that international cooperation programs have also contributed to improving the positioning and performance of the higher education system.
Boukthir recalled that several Tunisian academic institutions have obtained international accreditation, including medical faculties and engineering schools, noting that the country has 9,000 foreign students, most of whom are from sub-Saharan Africa.
He said that the higher education and scientific research sector comprises 91 scientific research units and 482 laboratories, pointing out that the ministry funds innovation and scientific research initiatives in order to add value to the national economy.
He specified that the projects financed by the ministry in 11 technological poles aim to create start-ups under the supervision of researchers, in particular, in the sectors of IT, engineering, agriculture and energy transition.
According to the minister, Tunisia was ranked among the top 50 countries in the world and first in Africa in the ranking of private initiatives in technological sciences and engineering.