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PACTUM – Projecting Academic Capacities with Tunisian Universities through Master courses

The PACTUM project aims at providing a high-quality, multidisciplinary and stimulating one-year post lauream master programme in social, political and behavioral sciences. The goal is to develop an innovative approach that might create positive effects both for the Tunisian teaching staff and the students.

Coming to Tunisian students, the establishment of a new master, prevalently (although not entirely) taught in English and with a specific focus on political science, sociology, science of the administration, and international relations provides opportunity to find a job both in the public and private sector, considering the particularly challenging environment for young graduate students.

The master represents an important opportunity to propose new instruments through which training students in Tunisia and open-up universities to reformist and modernizing tendencies coming from Higher Education Institutions in Europe. Moreover, thanks to the establishment of a summer school, crash courses specifically provided for public employees, and other satellite activities, the project will develop a differentiated and multifaceted strategy to engage with various and crucial constituencies of the Tunisian society, promoting therefore a gradual convergence between the North Africa country and the European Union and its member countries.

A closely connected goal is to train tomorrow’s public employees in order to enhance the professionalization of the bureaucratic body and its capacity to formulate, implement, and evaluate public policies.

However, more short-terms goals are presented as well in the project. In fact, from the third year on, through summer schools dedicated (although not specifically) to public employees, there is an attempt to improve immediately the skills and capacity of the bureaucracy in Tunisia.

A last goal of the project is to develop a more direct engagement with the Tunisian civil society. In particular, the attempt is to establish a productive collaboration with some of those organizations that have a long-lasting and well-documented experience in monitoring of the political activities.

After an initial phase of update on  needs analysis the consortium will undertake a comprehensive and intense activity of capacity building for Tunisian Teachers, researchers and staff in general aiming to train them on how to organize, set up and promote successful teaching and learning initiatives, not only targeting university students but also public employees, institutions, and the general public.

The main milestones are the following:

  • The Catalogue of good practices in the field of social political and behavioural sciences to be completed by the first year.
  • The offering of a Summer School each year of the project as activity in synergy with the Master Course in order to recruit students and set up teaching activities.
  • The piloting of the Master Course starting from the first year.

Specific Objectives:

  • Capacity building actions for teachers, researchers, technicians and administrative staff of HEIs Partners from Tunisia.
  • Innovative teaching activities for students, public employees, institutions personnel, general public (i.e. intensive and innovative courses, Summer School).
  • Dissemination events to engage stakeholders for the enlargement of target groups and the improvement of employability opportunities for master students.
  • Post-lauream master course in Social Political and behavioural sciences.
Project Acronym
European Commission, Erasmus+, KA2 – Capacity-building in the Field of Higher Education
Lead Contractor
UNISI, Università di Siena, Italy
  • UCAR, University of Carthage, Tunisia
  • USF, University of Sfax, Tunisia
  • US, University of  Sousse, Tunisia
  • UTM, University of  Tunis El Manar, Tunisia
  • UNIK, University of  Kairouan, Tunisia
  • UGR, University of  Granada, Spain
  • UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union, Italy
  • UM, University of  Montpellier, France
  • Ministry of the University and Research of Tunisia, Tunisia
Associated Partner
 891.810,00 EUR
Project Duration
From 15 January 2021 to 14 January 2024
Project No
Project website
Contact Person
 Eugenio Platania, e.platania@uni-med.net

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