The US$85 million German University in Tunisia, a project that was supposed to be fully operational by 2022 is now cancelled. The German government confirmed that the bureaucracy and the long, complicated administrative processes have led to the cancellation of the mega project in Tunisia.
German University in Tunisia
The German University in Tunisia was going to be the first of its kind in the Arab Maghreb region, which comprises the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
The German University of Tunis was intended to serve as a unique University of Applied training, experiential learning and professional excellence, oriented towards market and industry needs.
The prestigious academic institution was to be modelled on the German applied-sciences model with the aim of preparing highly skilled graduates with relevant knowledge of industry to boost the industrial and economic standing of Tunisia and the region.
German University in Tunisia: Third in Africa
The German University in Tunisia was going to be the third to be set up in Africa after two German universities were established in Egypt: the German University in Cairo that was founded in 2003; and the Technische Universität Berlin at the campus in El Gouna on the Red Sea which opened in October 2012.
The German University of Tunis Project is Now Cancelled
Unfortunately, the US$85 million German University in Tunisia, a project that was supposed to be fully operational by 2022 is now cancelled. Without giving much details about it, the German government confirmed that the bureaucracy and the long, complicated administrative processes have led to the cancellation of the mega project in Tunisia.
According to Borhen Bssais, a Tunisian journalist, the German authorities did not fully drop the idea, they have decided to work on the project in Morocco.
Update as of Sept. 18th 2020, the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research issued a press release confirming that the project of the German University of Tunis will still take place in Tunisia.
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