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[Reportage] The Tunisian scientific neighborhood meets in Montreal

The occasion was held in partnership with HEC Montréal, which hosted it. It introduced collectively Tunisian lecturers, researchers and college students enrolled in Quebec universities.

It was the primary face-to-face assembly with the Tunisian scientific neighborhood in Quebec organized by the Tunisian College Mission in North Americaa Tunisian authorities company, for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic.

In accordance with federal authorities information, in 2020 Canada had roughly 35,000 Tunisian immigrants, residing primarily in Quebec.

Canada, one of the crucial widespread locations for learning overseas, attracts between 2,000 and three,000 Tunisian college students a 12 months, in response to the identical supply.

In an interview with Radio Canada Worldwide (RCI), the director of Tunisian College Mission in North AmericaHaykel Ben Mahfoudh, places the variety of Tunisian college students in Canada at round 6,000. However he factors out that this quantity just isn’t exact.

Many Tunisian college students are enrolled in grasp’s and doctoral research, a lot of them in engineering.

A quote from Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Director of MUTAN

Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, director of the Tunisian College Mission in North America (MUTAN), throughout the assembly with the Tunisian Canadian scientific neighborhood organized on January 12, 2023 at HEC Montréal.

Photograph: Radio Canada Worldwide / Samir Bendjafer

Mr. Ben Mahfoudh stated that the Tunisian College Mission in North America represents your entire ecosystem of Tunisian scientific analysis and better training in North America.

He specified that the target of the assembly, entitled A number of science in 2023is of forge hyperlinks and change with our scientific neighborhood, set up applicable networks, generate alternatives, and above all keep involved with our scientific neighborhood.

He provides that there’s a framework settlement for cooperation in scientific analysis between the Ministry of Increased Training and Scientific Analysis in Tunisia and the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) and that there are requires tasks funded by each events.

The Tunisian Minister of Increased Training and Scientific Analysis, Moncef Boukthir, intervened on this regard throughout this occasion by the use of a video recording.

Throughout this assembly, the director of the Tunisian College Mission in North Americawho can be the deputy consul of Tunisia in Montreal, introduced that the 12 months 2023 will probably be wealthy, each when it comes to achievements and tasks.

In a couple of weeks, we are going to launch the primary name for tasks as a part of the collaboration between the Tunisian Ministry of Increased Training and Scientific Analysis and the Quebec Analysis Funds. The analysis areas have been recognized and the monetary envelopes will probably be allotted shortly.

A quote from Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Director of MUTAN

These areas embrace digital financial system, round financial system and entrepreneurship. Researchers, companies and rising firms can submit purposes for funding.

The framework settlement for scientific cooperation between the Tunisian Ministry of Increased Training and Scientific Analysis and the Quebec Analysis Fundwas signed throughout a scientific symposium organized final November in Djerba, Tunisia, as a part of the Francophonie Summit, recollects Mr. Ben Mahfoudh.

Throughout this summit, the 2 events renewed the settlement between the Tunisian authorities and the federal government of Quebec regarding pupil mobility on the degree of upper training.

The director of the Tunisian College Mission in North America additionally introduced the signing of an settlement between the Tunisian Ministry of Increased Training and Scientific Analysis, the College of Montreal and the Sadok Besrour Basis for the promotion of drugs in Tunisia.

The latter bears the identify of a Canadian-Tunisian household doctor established in Montreal for greater than half a century.

This settlement will open up nice prospects for scientific partnerships between the private and non-private sectorssays Mr. Ben Mahfoudh, who chairs the Tunisian College Mission in North America since January 2022. This group belongs to the science diplomacy Tunisian, in response to him.

The assembly was additionally a possibility to prepare a debate on dialogue between scientific communities in Quebec.

Haykel Ben Mahfoudh, Marie-Nathalie LeBlanc, vice-rector of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and professor within the Division of Sociology on the College of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), and Michel Audet, affiliate professor at HEC Montreal , participated on this dialogue led by Philippe Régnoux, founder and publication director of the positioning CScience.

Tributes

On the finish of the assembly, 4 members of the Tunisian scientific neighborhood in Quebec have been honored.

They obtained awards and certificates of appreciation for his or her achievements of their areas of specialization and their dedication to serving the Tunisian neighborhood in Canada.

The laureates are Dr. Sadok Besrour, Professor Ahlem Ammar, vice-dean of research on the College of Training on the Université de Montréal, Dr. Mohamed Haddad, postdoctoral researcher on the Heart Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie de l Nationwide Institute for Scientific Analysis (INRS), in addition to Yousra Rimani from the Tunisian College Mission in North America.

Observe: this report can be accessible in Arabic and has been translated into French by Fadi Harouny.

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