Expansion of medical studies and research announced

Tunisia is planning to expand its medical training and research facilities with the creation of a new pharmacy faculty, the opening of medical and dental faculties in the country’s interior, and three new research laboratories at the University of Monastir.

Minister of Health Abdellatif Mekki announced the plans at a ceremony to award doctorates at the Monastir faculty of pharmacy, reported La Presse of Tunis.

Mekki said the medical and pharmaceutical sector remained promising and the industry met about half of the country’s medication needs. Drug manufacture would be strengthened by the establishment soon of five additional medical production units, which would open new employment prospects.

Construction of the new faculty of pharmacy would begin as soon as the government adopted the project, said Mekki. He hoped the new medical and dental faculties would be ready to operate from the 2015-16 academic year.

Moncef Ben Salem, the minister of higher education and research, who also attended the degree ceremony, announced that the establishment of three laboratories at Monastir had been approved, to carry out research on the human genome and multifactorial diseases; medical and molecular parasitology and mycology; and chemical development, reported La Presse.

Salem also said that agreements made with the Turkish Ministry of Higher Education and Research covered student exchange and university scholarships, and a Turkish contribution to the establishment of universities in Tunisia.

An agreement would also shortly be signed with Germany for a German university in Tunisia, said Salem.

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