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Higher Education for Development Announces U.S.-Tunisian Partnerships on Sustainable Practices

September 26, 2012


Higher Education for Development (HED), with joint funding support from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced two higher education partnerships focused on water management and renewable energy technologies in Tunisia’s agricultural and industrial sectors.

Under the Tunisia Job Opportunities for Business Scale-up (Tunisia JOBS) initiative, the University of Colorado Boulder is partnering with three Tunisian Institut Supérieur des Etudes Technologiques (ISETs) to provide education to rural audiences for resource management under the partnerships:

  • Promoting Water Management and Energy Efficiency Technologies in the Agricultural Sector of Tunisia. Partners: University of Colorado Boulder and ISET Sidi Bouzid.
    Other Partners: International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Development Communities, Colorado State University and the University of Hawaii.

  • Promoting Sustainable Energy Technologies in the Industrial Sector of Tunisia. Partners: University of Colorado Boulder and ISET Tataouine and ISET Médenine.
    Other Partners: International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Development Communities and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

The University of Colorado Boulder and the three ISETs will plan new courses in water management, energy efficiency and renewable energy, enabling graduates to contribute more effectively to the economic development of their communities.

The partnerships will also address sustainability by building links with the communities and launching a center at each of the three ISETs to coordinate and promote extension activities.

Tully Cornick, HED’s executive director, spoke enthusiastically about the future of the two partnerships.

“Since the design stages of the Tunisia JOBS Initiative, the Tunisian ministries, HED and the U.S. government have placed the needs of Tunisia’s local communities at the center,” Cornick said in a statement. “I am confident that the partners will uphold this strong collaborative approach as they seek to strengthen economic development and resource management in Sidi Bouzid, Tataouine, and Médenine through education and community outreach.”

HED promotes higher education's engagement in social and economic development through institutional and human capacity building in developing countries. Established in 1992, HED assists the nation's six major presidential higher education associations, including ACE, in partnering with USAID and other development agencies, donor organizations and foundations.

To learn more about the partnerships, visit HED’s website.​

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