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News article7 April 2021TunisDirectorate-General for Research and Innovation1 min read

10 years of EU-Tunisia cooperation in the field of higher education and scientific research

A conference was organized on March 31, 2021 at the Cité des Sciences in Tunis on "10 years of Tunisian-European cooperation in higher education and scientific research" by the EU Delegation to Tunisia and the Ministry of Higher Education.

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Marcus Cornaro, EU Ambassador and Prof. Olfa Ben Ouda, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof. Olfa Ben Ouda, and the EU Ambassador to Tunisia, HE Marcus Cornaro, participated in this review day.

This event was an opportunity to review the lessons of bilateral and regional cooperation, but also to discuss the role of Tunisia in ambitious future European scientific cooperation programs.

On this occasion the EU Ambassador, Marcus Cornaro said that “the evolution of EU-Tunisia cooperation in Research and Innovation towards a co-construction of strategies and programs and a transfer of knowledge at the level of steering and governance mechanisms is a logical path for partners who share the same geographical area and face common challenges ”.

Scientific relations between Tunisia and the European Union have intensified considerably in recent years. Since the 1995 Association Agreement and particularly since the 2003 Scientific and Technological Agreement, Tunisia and the EU have continued to strengthen the means of cooperation in higher education and scientific research. This collaboration has taken on an even more important dimension with the privileged partnership signed in the aftermath of the revolution with the ambition of consolidating Tunisia's democratic turn.

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Publication date
7 April 2021
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation