Tunisia ranks 2nd in the world for the number of graduates in technology, engineering and mathematics, said Thursday, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Moncef Boukthir, on the sidelines of the Forum of the investment in Tunisia which is being held on June 23 and 24 in Gammarth (north-east of Tunis), the official Tunis Afrique Presse news agency reported.
During a workshop organized on the sidelines of the Forum, the Minister also pointed out that Tunisia ranks first in the world in the share of expenditure allocated to education and teaching in relation to its gross domestic product.
“This honorable ranking is the result of a policy focused on quality,” said Boukthir, stressing that “international cooperation programs have also contributed to improving the positioning and performance of the higher education system.”
The Tunisian minister recalled that several university establishments had obtained international accreditation, notably medical faculties and engineering schools, noting that Tunisia has 9,000 foreign students, most of whom are of sub-Saharan African nationality.
“The higher education and scientific research sector includes 91 scientific research units and 482 laboratories,” he said.
According to the same source, 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 computer science, engineering, agriculture and of the energy transition.
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, according to Moncef Boukthir.
Organized in cooperation with the World Bank Group, the 2022 edition of the Forum under the slogan “Tunisia, reforms and competitive values”, brought together government officials, businessmen and Tunisian and foreign economic actors, as well as representatives of regional and international financial institutions, experts in the field of business, investment, the banking sector and sectoral professional structures.
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