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University of Tunis

University of Tunis

International cooperation

University of Tunis is linked to foreign universities by means of 114 agreements of scientific and academic cooperation and 258 Ph.D co-advising agreements. This cooperation allows the exchange of experiences and competencies and provides a better opening of the University to the international environment. Besides, the University is a co-founder of the Union of Arab Universities, the Union of Mediterranean Universities and a member in the Agency of Francophone Universities.


University of Tunis has three UNESCO chairs :

The first, created in 1997, concerns "philosophy and experiences of the otherness". It conducts many scientific activities focusing on research, information and documentation, aiming to encourage the integration of researchers to the international community and to train graduates of the doctoral program in philosophy.

The second UNESCO chair is created in 1998, in cooperation with the Gas Catalana foundation. It is concerned with "the knowledge of patrimony and cultural development". It focuses on the promotion of an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of knowledge of the patrimony and the cultural development. It has made possible the collaboration between high level researchers and the creation of research networks in this field. Within the framework of this chair, a master’s degree of knowledge of the patrimony and the cultural development has been established in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.

The third UNESCO chair is concerned with “Comparative Religion Studies”. It conducts various activities to improve the understanding of religions, the revival of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and to promote tolerance.

The University of Tunis is a partner with the UNESCO Chair of the Network of  Francophone Universities "Education, training and research for sustainable development set up by the University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux III. This chair, affiliating 26 universities, aims to establish a comprehensive education, training and research for sustainable development.

Tempus Project AQI-Umed

Strengthening internal quality assurance in the universities of the Mediterranean (Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco)

The project AQI-Umed was initiated by the CAUFEM (Academic College of Francophone Euro-Maghreb Universities) and funded by Tempus IV for the period 2010 to 2012. This project supports national policies and quality assurance in higher education. It aims to establish a process of auto-evaluation in a consortium of universities from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Auto-evaluation will cover the various missions of the university, namely education, research, governance, community service, providing good governance for the university.

The project will conduct capacity building for quality assurance in the partner universities using the quality assurance framework ENQA.  In addition, the project aims to strength exchanges between northern and southern Mediterranean universities, and between universities in the three Maghreb countries.

Support Program of the Quality of Higher Education

Program Quality Support of Higher Education (PAQ) is a procedure of allocating funds resources in a competitive way to universities and institutions of higher education and scientific research in order to improve the quality of teaching and learning and improve the management capacity of universities and institutions. 

PAQ has been implemented since 2007, through the state budget and resources from a loan contracted by the Tunisian government from IBRD.

In this context, the University of Tunis is implementing two projects to support quality teaching and support project management capacity :

The first project aims to create a "Space Experiments Versatile for Teaching Physics at the Higher School of Sciences and Techniques for the period 2007-2010.

The second project aims to improve the quality of Teaching of Science and Technology in Engineering in the Preparatory Institute of Engineering Studies for the period 2010 to 2012.

The University of Tunis has received a grant to improve its financial management Capacity and to strengthen the culture of quality assurance within the University through the establishment of a Quality Cell, the design and implementation of a financial process manual, the organization of training sessions for the staff of the university financial management.

The project also aims to optimize the financial management capacity of the University and to improve the governance of financial resources by improving the computerized financial management. This project started in 2009 and will last for three years.

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