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Tunisia and France ink agreements in higher education field

Published the:  05/10/2017

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(TAP) - Tunisian-French co-operation agreements in higher education and scientific research fields were signed at the end of the 1st meeting of the Tunisian-French High Co-operation Council held on Thursday, under Co-chairmanship of The President of the Government Youssef Chahed and his French opposite number Edouard Philippe.

   The agreements were inked by Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Slim Khalbous and French Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal.

   The first one is a framework agreement for a partnership project between the French network of university institutes of technology (IUT) and the Tunisian network of the Higher Institutes of Technological Studies (ISET), according to a Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry press release.

   This partnership will be financed by a reconversion of the debt by means of Euro 10 million (30 million Tunisian Dinars).

   The second convention is a joint declaration on the establishment of the operational representation of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Commission (CEA) Office in Tunis, which will cover Africa and the Middle East, the same source specified.

   Considered the most important research centre in Europe, the CEA operates in several disciplines, including renewable energy and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

   Other conventions were also signed on the sidelines of the 2nd edition of the "Rencontres Africa 2017" (October 5-6 in Gammarth), including a letter of intent regarding a project for a school project/training in archeology between the Aix-Marseille Université, the Sfax and Sousse universities and the National Heritage Institute (INP).