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International businesses support HE institutions

Two giant international businesses are supporting higher education institutions through agreements between the Total oil company and the government of the Republic of the Congo (also known as Congo-Brazzaville), and the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei with a Tunisian university specialising in communications.

Through its subsidiaries Total E&P Congo and Total Congo SA, France-based Total has signed two accords, reported Agence D’Information D’Afrique Centrale, or Adiac, of Brazzaville.

The first was a framework agreement to support the country’s two public universities, Marien Ngouabi and Denis Sassou N’Guesso which is under construction. It covered education, research, assistance and counselling, and all other areas in which it could improve conditions for studying and research, said Adiac.

The accord was signed between Total directors and the Congolese ministers for higher education and for hydrocarbons.

The second agreement, signed by the rector of University Marien Ngouabi and Total representatives, concerned provision of courses and lectures by teachers from the association Total Professeurs Associés, which aims to “build bridges between the oil industry and academic circles by delegating professors or experts who deliver technical or business-related presentations”.

In Tunisia, the École Supérieure des Communications de Tunis, known as Sup’Com, and the leading Chinese ICT company Huawei have entered into an agreement to cooperate in promoting innovation among Tunisian students, reported La Presse of Tunis.

Under the accord, the best Sup’Com students each year will perfect their education and take internships with Huawei, which has set up a training centre and new technical support centre in Tunis to promote Tunisian skills on a North African regional scale, reported La Presse.

* This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.
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