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.
Mr Zied Kbaier. Zied Kbaier obtained his National Diploma of Energy Engineering (MSc.) from the National Engineering School in Tunisia. For the past seven years, he has been working as Senior Energy Engineer at the Research and Technology Center of Energy (CRTEn) [operating under the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR)] and Head of its 'Technology Transfer & EU Projects' Office, where he was in charge of the management and monitoring of several international projects funded mainly by the European Commission (EC), GIZ, and UNDP. He has gained progressive experience in developing organizational outreach and fundraising strategies and activities through searching for potential partners and funding mechanisms, and the production of newsletters, press releases and establishing contacts with the media. His work has also involved the organization of international and national workshops and events. He has actively supported the involvement and the participation of his institution in several international networks and research clusters. Furthermore, he was qualified, since 2012, by TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverein) Maghreb on the Requirements of ISO 17025:2005 as well as by GIZ Tunisia on Technology Transfer and Innovation aspects since 2013. He obtained a Certificate from the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in 2013 on Intellectual Property. He is member of the American Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in USA and member of the Stakeholder Council of the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI) in the United Arab Emirates.