Tunisian Delegation Led by Mr. Slim Kalbous, Minister of Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, visit London
A Tunisian delegation led by HE Mr. Slim Khalbous, Minister of Higher
Education and Scientific Research, participated in the “Education World
Forum 2019″ (EWF), held in London from 20 to 23 January 2019.
The delegation included several actors in the Education sector mainly the
Tunisian British Higher Education Commission, the aim of which is to promote
Tunisia-UK collaboration and innovation in this field as well as support
students studying in both countries.
The Forum is the most important international annual event to present the
latest developments in the education, training and higher education sector
and exchange experiences in this field with more than 90 countries,
represented at the highest level.
The Tunisian delegation held several meetings with representatives of many
institutions and organisations participating in the EWF, including: The
University of Cambridge; Microsoft Education as well the Quality Assurance
Agency for Higher Education, which brought about major partnership
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research stated that,
further to the meeting of Minister Slim Khalbous and Mr. Lan Kimber the
Director of Standards and quality programs in universities at the UK Quality
Assurance Agency for Higher Education, it has been agreed that the UK agency
will accompany the accreditation program of Tunisian universities at an
The two parties also agreed to identify the needs of higher education
institutions for the benefit of deans, directors and all academic leaders of
As part of this partnership program, Tunisian quality and accreditation
experts will be trained to restructure the Tunisian Accreditation Agency and
change its legal character in order to grant it independence and
qualifications so as to be in accordance with the international standards.
A second partnership was also set up following a meeting of Minister Slim
Khalbouss and Mr. Mark Eistand, Education Department Director at Microsoft
in charge of Europe and the MENA region. The partnership aims to improve the
Tunisian university computer system and develop programs in the field of
digitisation of services and graduate training in technology.
Within the framework of this agreement, Microsoft will provide technical
support and training for the El Khawarizmi computing centre executives and
the ministry and university technicians in the field of computer system
modernisation and digitisation of services.
Microsoft will also help the ministry in the creation of an observatory to
monitor the professional integration of graduates from the network of
centres of trades and skills training, through the establishment of a
database and the development of programming.
22 thousand students and teachers will benefit in 2019 from a diploma
training course in information technology provided by Microsoft, according
to a Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry.