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Tunisia has managed to position itself among most attractive countries for African students and trainees (TABC president)

Published the:  22/08/2017

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(TAP) – President of the Tunisia-Africa Business Council (TABC) Bassem Loukil said on Tuesday Tunisia has been able to position itself among the most attractive countries for African students and trainees whose number is expected to triple by 2020.

Speaking at the opening of the Tunisian African Empowerment Forum held at the Convention Centre, on the initiative of the TABC, Loukil called for strengthening the relations between Tunisia and the various countries of the African continent in several fields, including higher education, scientific research and vocational training.

Tunisia is called upon to give greater interest to the African space not only due to its geographical belonging to this continent but also because Africa constitutes an area of ​​competition between several countries.

The promotion of Tunisia's destination in the higher education and vocational training areas for African students and trainees is one of the objectives of this forum, he pointed out.

Minister of Vocational Training and Employment, Imed Hammami, said Tunisia has 198 academic institutions including 25 technological institutes and 70 private universities, indicating that the reform of the vocational training system aims to develop individual capacities as part of a comprehensive approach to the components of education and training.

The consolidation of Tunisia's co-operation with African countries in the field of vocational training is a priority issue, Hammami underlined.

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Slim Khalbous said that 70% of foreign students studying in Tunisia are African.

He added that the higher education and scientific research reform strategy aims to improve the quality of university education to ensure the employability of graduates, promote research and innovation and develop human resources.

Delegations representing 19 African countries are taking part in this meeting, which features several activities and panels and a presentation on the results of a field study carried out by the Tunisia-African Business Council on the problems encountered by African students enrolled in Academic institutions in Tunisia as well as workshops and round tables on the needs of sub-Saharan countries in the fields of higher education and vocational training.