Launch of scheme to encourage student entrepreneurs

A scheme to encourage student entrepreneurship in Morocco and Tunisia has been launched, bringing together 14 partners in the two countries and Europe.

Known as SALEEM, or the Structuration et Accompagnement de l’Entrepreneuriat Étudiant au Maghreb, the project will be coordinated by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, or AUF, reported La Presse of Tunis.

It is being financed by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, with a provisional contribution of €759,232 (US$920,660) according to the AUF.

SALEEM is principally modelled on the French Pépite network, which was set up in 2013 and comprises 29 centres throughout France offering relevant training and support for students to set up innovatory projects and their own enterprises. Schemes in Mons, Belgium, and Cluj-Napoca, Romania, also contributed to the project.

Two major actions under SALEEM are planned during the next three years, reported La Presse. The first is a collaboration with the Moroccan and Tunisian ministries of higher education, to set up national systems for student entrepreneurship facilitating recognition of the process for creating enterprises within university courses. The second is to establish centres for supporting the creation of businesses within universities in four pilot towns – Rabat and Casablanca in Morocco, and Tunis-Carthage and Sfax in Tunisia.

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