Mashrou3i project initiative for olive oil platform in Beja closes in Ben Ismail family reserve

The Mashrou3i project initiative to set up an olive oil platform in Beja ended on Saturday, September 7 in Toukaber in the Ben Ismail family reserve, bringing together nearly 30 actors from the olive oil sector (farmers, oil mill operators, SMSAs, bank and support structure representatives) to present the results of the collaboration initiated last February. This action is part of the activities of the Mashrou3i Programme to support farmers in the region, highlighting the need to bring together the stakeholders concerned to promote the value chain for olive oil.…

China Campus 2019 exhibition held to attract more Tunisian students

The exhibition of “China Campus 2019” was held on Tuesday with the participation of 31 Chinese universities. It was jointly hosted by China Scholarship Council (CSC), the Chinese embassy in Tunis and Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. CSC Vice Secretary-General Wang Shenggang said that the Chinese delegation came to Tunisia to introduce China’s higher education and attract more Tunisian youth to study in China. He said that in 2018 more than 660,000 Chinese students went abroad to study, while about 490,000 foreign students came to China to…

Migrants Crisis in Mediterranean: IOM accused of forcing Bangladeshis to go home

The UN migration agency has been accused of forcing Bangladeshi migrants, including children, in Tunisia to return home following weeks at sea, the Daily Star reported. The Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (FTDES) NGO, filed a complaint to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tunisia this month in this regard. The group of 64 Bangladeshis said they felt pressed by the IOM to sign a voluntary return paper, or risk arrest, according to a report by British daily The Guardian published on August 26. The migrants…

Harvard Kennedy School Receives $1 Million Gift to Establish First Tunisian Graduate Fellowship Program

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) recently announced the creation of a new graduate student fellowship program funded by a $1 million gift from Harvard College alumnus Hazem Ben-Gacem AB 1992. For the next three years, the fellowship will cover the costs for up to two accepted applicants from Tunisia per year enrolled in the HKS Master in Public Administration (MPA) degree program. The fellowship program honours Ben-Gacem’s father, Hamida Ben-Gacem MPA 1972, the first Tunisian graduate of Harvard Kennedy School, the HKS website reports. “We appreciate Hazem’s continuing generous support of…

Tunisian young swimmer Ayoub El Hafnaoui books ticket to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Tunisian 16-year-old swimmer Ayoub El-Hifnawi succeeded in booking the ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by achieving the “A” time under the supervision of Tunisian technical staff Jabran Touili and Sami Achour. This performance is a great challenge for  Tunisian young swimmer trained in Tunisia to carry out this dream. Tunisian swimmers also won the gold medal at the African Games in Morocco in the 400 meters which was the performance of swimmer Mehdi Ajili. Wassim Elloumi and Adnen Beji also won the bronze Medal which is a good…

New research in Tunisia is teaching computers how to read your handwriting

Computers can now read handwriting with 98% accuracy Researchers at the University of Sfax in Tunisia have developed a new method for computers to recognize handwritten characters and symbols in online scripts. The technique has already achieved ‘remarkable performance’ on texts written in the Latin and Arabic alphabets. iRead “Our paper handles the problem of online handwritten script recognition based on an extraction features system and deep approach system for sequence classification,” the researchers wrote in their paper. “We used an existent method combined with new classifiers in order to…

ISWIT 2019 due on August 15-25 in Djerba and Zarzis

The International Student Week in Tunisia (ISWIT) whose motto is “The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes” is due on August 15-25 in Djerba and Zarzis. The start of the student festival is due this year in Djerba. It is open to students from the whole world with a view to bringing together over 150 youths, including participants, moderators and volunteers, as part of workshops that cover a multitude of issues. “Through workshops, close communication and cooperation, interactive lectures and various open…

EU, UNODC launch 3-year project to dismantle migrant smuggling, human trafficking networks

The European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa are launching a three-year project aimed at supporting Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia in dismantling migrant smuggling and human trafficking criminal networks operating in North Africa, the duo announced in a press statement. The EU has set a budget of €15m ($16.69m) for the project, which will be implemented by the UNODC Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa under the framework of the North Africa Window of the…

Tunisia-China cooperation in nuclear energy

A cooperation protocol on nuclear energy was recently signed between the Tunisian Association of Nuclear Sciences and Techniques (ATSTN) and the CHINA ZHONGYUAN ENGINEERING CORPORATION (CZEC). This cooperation was signed by ATSTN president Khaled Debbabi for the Tunisian side and by president of CHINA ZHONGYUAN ENGINEERING CORPORATION (CZEC) WANG Ying for the Chinese side. This cooperation agreement which was signed on the 25th of July, 2019 in Beijing paves the way for collaboration on nuclear training and research between the two societies, said Kaled Debbabi in a statement to TunisianMonitorOnline.…

20 million children globally risk dying from measles, tetanus, diphtheria

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO said, “While most children today are being vaccinated, far too many are left behind. Unacceptably, it is often those who are most at risk — the poorest, the most marginalised, those touched by conflict or forced from their homes — who are persistently missed.” He added that vaccines remain one of the most trusted and basic preventers of such outbreaks and that the world is not safe in their absence. Measles, which is one of the most contagious diseases with the potential…