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“Knowledge makes an impact”: Bavarian know-how for universities in Tunisia

Thanks to the support of the Bavarian State Chancellery as well as the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the project “Supporting the Employability of Young Students” (ALEJE) was launched in October 2019. The aim is to improve the prospects of young students for employment in Tunisia

Impressions from the group’s first meeting in 2019; photo: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GiZ

For example, university multipliers are to be trained in Tunisia who can themselves train Tunisian students on various electronic devices – in this case, primarily Siemens modules with a global standard. Only 20-30% of a student’s final year currently find a place on the Tunisian job market. This is due to both the insufficient quality of training and the market conditions: The young people simply cannot find a job.

The handover of the first training equipment in Tunisia; photo: Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GiZ;

Tunisia is a long-standing partner country of the Free State of Bavaria and a priority country of the state government’s Africa package. To support this, the Bavarian State Chancellery promotes various projects. Professor Valentin Plenk, a digital-savvy engineer and himself a researcher at Hof University of Applied Sciences, is contributing his particular knowledge to the ALEJE project on “Totally Integrated Automation.”

“It is a project of development cooperation and fits to a university that is internationally perceived and networked”

Prof. Dr. – Ing. Valentin Plenk, Vice President Hof University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Dr.- Ing. Plenk speaks French himself and can therefore take over the training courses on his own. Currently, the training dates for the next stage are being planned.

Promotional film for the Tunisian students:

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Valentin Plenk

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