A total of 332,000 students are set to start the new academic year in Tunisia, according to Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technology, Taoufik Jelassi.
They number about 306,000 in the public sector and 26,000 in private institutions, and include about 8,000 foreign students, reported Kapitalis of Tunis.
Jelassi also said there were 198 higher education and research institutions, including 26 engineering schools, 25 technology institutes and 54 private establishments. The research sector had 38 public centres, 271 private research laboratories and 37 doctoral schools.
He announced the opening this year of five new higher education institutions, at a cost of more than 30 million dinars (US$17 million), reported Kapitalis. These were the:
- École Supérieure des Sciences et des Technologies Avancées and the Institut Supérieur d’Informatique de Communication, both in Borj Cédria.
- École Nationale d’Ingénieurs in Gafsa, located at the Institut Supérieur des Technologies de l’École.
- In Kairouan, the Institut Préparatoire aux Études d’Ingénieurs and the Institut Supérieur de la Prédiction et de l’Orientation Religieuse, which is supervised by the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Jelassi also announced new university restaurants, centres and housing, and expansion of some institutions in the regions, together costing a total of nearly 38 million dinars, reported La Presse of Tunis.
There were now 93 public student housing centres, providing a total of 52,585 beds; centres with a further 861 student places managed by another public organisation; and 103 private housing centres with 9,383 student beds. The increased restaurant facilities brought the total to 74 throughout the country, providing 15,500,000 meals a year, reported Kapitalis.
University grants were now paid to 114,000 students, with an annual budget of about 97 million dinars, while 1,800 Tunisian students abroad received study grants totalling 30 million dinars.
Jelassi has also announced the creation of a Mediterranean university hub in the Borj Cédria region under a Tunisian-Japanese agreement, reported DirectInfo of Tunis.
* This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.
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