Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRST)

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MESRST) is relying on our young researchers as the source of our national wealth and the pillar of the country’s future. We have opened up for them the gates of knowledge and improved their employability so that each secondary school graduate can have access to the university. Such is the choice we have made for the establishment of the knowledge society. We want Tunisia to achieve further progress and prosperity.

MESRST is seeking for our country the integration it deserves into the global economy. We are determined to move ahead in materializing the principle of lifelong education. MESRST is responsible and supervises the National programmes of Scientific Research.

MESRST, through a specific research Directorate-General, supports the execution of research programmes inside research laboratories and units through the softening of procedures outlining the use of allocated funds to scientific activities of these structures. Other relevant tasks are: the promotion of innovation and technological development by supporting innovative firms and underlining the results of research, strengthening partnership between research structures and firms, and giving birth to an ambitious programme for the setting-up of technoparks and incubators.

MESRST aims also towards the mobilisation of financial resources coming from the public and private sectors, and international cooperation to the benefit of the sector. MESRST is also involved in the adoption of measures that would further involve Tunisian scientific competencies abroad in the identification, execution and evaluation of research programmes of priority.

Finally, through the International Cooperation Directorate-General participates in the research and innovation policy dialogue within MoCo. The organisation is operated as InP (Information Point) since the Spring of 2005 within the framework of the Euro-MEDANet project. Also the organisation is partner in several EU projects. It participated within the frame of FP6 in EUROMEDANET, FOODNCO, promedaccess, IDEATLIST and ERAMED. In FP7, MESRST coordinated bilateral project ETC, and was an active partner in MIRA, MED-SPRING, ERANETMED, ARIMNET2. The MHESR is the national contact point for the INCO program within the Seventh Framework Programme.

ABOUT University of Carthage

The University of Carthage (UCAR), founded in 1988, is a Tunisian public institution of education and research under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

The UCAR, through its various institutions, is a multidisciplinary university which delivers 303 degrees in the different levels of training, ie preparatory courses for Engineering studies and Aggregation, Fundamental Bachelor's degree (30) Applied Bachelor's degree (45) Research Master's degree (50), Professional Master's degree (47), National Diploma of Engineering (30), National Diplomas of Audiovisual (6) and Doctorates (26).

The university has 2,325 permanent teachers providing researchers in addition to their mission of training and mentoring, training through research at the Graduate Schools (8) and research activities organized as part of Laboratories (39) and 'Units (27). This important human resource potential is administratively and technically accompanied by a staff of 1,373 persons between administrators (17%), engineers and technicians (15%) and workers (48%).

The number of students enrolled in 2017 is 32088 in different institutions spread over several sites that are deployed in the northeastern region of the country

ABOUT Carthage

Carthage was founded in the 9th century B.C. on the Gulf of Tunis. From the 6th century onwards, it developed into a great trading empire covering much of the Mediterranean and was home to a brilliant civilization.

In the course of the long Punic wars, Carthage occupied territories belonging to Rome, which finally destroyed its rival in 146 B.C. A second – Roman – Carthage was then established on the ruins of the first.

Founded by the Phoenicians, Carthage is an extensive archaeological site, located on a hill dominating the Gulf of Tunis and the surrounding plain. Metropolis of Punic civilization in Africa and capital of the province of Africa in Roman times, Carthage has played a central role in Antiquity as a great commercial empire. During the lengthy Punic wars, Carthage occupied the territories that belonged to Rome, which then destroyed its rival in 146 AD. The town was rebuilt by the Romans on the ruins of the ancient city.

Exceptional place of mixing, diffusion and blossoming of several cultures that succeeded one another (Phoenico-Punic, Roman, Paleochristian and Arab), this metropolis and its ports have encouraged wide-scale exchanges in the Mediterranean. Founded at the end of the 9th century BC by Elyssa-Dido and having sheltered the mythical love of Dido and Aeneas, Carthage produced a warrior and strategy genius in the person of Hannibal, the navigator-explorer Hannon, and a famous agronomist, Magon. Carthage has always nourished universal imagination through its historic and literary renown. The property comprises the vestiges of Punic, Roman, Vandal, Paleochristian and Arab presence. The major known components of the site of Carthage are the acropolis of Byrsa, the Punic ports, the Punic tophet, the necropolises, theatre, amphitheatre, circus, residential area, basilicas, the Antonin baths, Malaga cisterns and the archaeological reserve.

Criterion (ii): Phoenician foundation linked to Tyre and Roman refoundation on the orders of Julius Cesar, Carthage was also the capital of a Vandal kingdom and the Byzantine province of Africa. Its antique ports bear witness to commercial and cultural exchanges over more than ten centuries. The tophet, sacred place dedicated to Baal, contains numerous stelae where numerous cultural influences are in evidence. Outstanding place of blossoming and diffusion of several cultures that succeeded one another (Phoenico-Punic, Roman, Paleochristian and Arab); Carthage has exercised considerable influence on the development of the arts, architecture and town planning in the Mediterranean.

Criterion (iii): The site of Carthage bears exceptional testimony to the Phoenico-Punic civilization being at the time the central hub in the western basin of the Mediterranean. It was also one of the most brilliant centres of Afro-Roman civilization.

Criterion (vi): The historic and literary renown of Carthage has always nourished the universal imagination. The site of Carthage is notably associated with the home of the legendary princess of Tyre, Elyssa-Dido, founder of the town, sung about by Virgil in the Aeneid; with the great navigator-explorer, Hannon, with Hannibal, one of the greatest military strategists of history, with writers such as Apulée, founder of Latin-African literature, with the martyr of Saint Cyprien and with Saint Augustin who trained and made several visits there. Integrity (2009)

Although its integrity has been partially altered by uncontrolled urban sprawl during the first half of the 20th century, the site of Carthage has essentially retained the elements that characterise the antique town: urban network, meeting place (forum), recreation (theatre), leisure (baths), worship (temples), residential area, etc. The conservation of the site guarantees the maintenance of the intact character of the structures. However, it continues to face strong urban pressure that has, for the most part, been contained thanks to the national listing of the Carthage-Sidi Bou-Said Park. Authenticity (2009)

Restoration and maintenance work carried out over the years is in accordance with the standards of international charters and has not damaged the authenticity of the monuments and remains of the site of Carthage. The site benefits from a maintenance protocol. Protection and management requirements (2009) The site of Carthage benefits from the listing of a large number of its remains as historic monuments (since 1885). Its protection is also guaranteed by Decree 85-1246 of 7 October 1985 concerning the listing of the Carthage-Sidi Bou-Said site, Law 35-1994 concerning the protection of archaeological and historic heritage and of traditional arts, and by the Order of 16 September 1996 for the creation of the cultural site of Carthage. A conservation unit attached to the National Heritage Institute is responsible for the safeguarding and management of the site. The management of the property is currently integrated into the urban development plan of the town. A Protection and Presentation Plan, presently under preparation, shall ensure the management of the site.