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STEPI-IICC conducted the first year of the three years training program with the support of KOICA from October 16th to November 4th 2015. Fifteen officials from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Scientific Research and the Agency for Promotion of Industry and Innovation visited Korea for lectures and workshops on the national development strategy, STI policy designing, and to visit relevant institutions and companies to witness the development of Korea.

Tunisia is located at geopolitically important area which can be connected to Europe, Arab and Africa region. It boasts also relatively high technological level in Northern Africa. Although the level of S&T development was quite high in the past, the pace of development after Jasmine Revolution is not satisfactory. To overcome this situation, Tunisia has been making the effort to strengthen internal S&T capacity.

<OECD World Science and Technology Forum>

On the first day of the program, participants attended ‘OECD World Science and Technology Forum 2015’ in Daejeon City, which provided a meaningful time for participants because it is rare opportunity to listen the voices of world’s greatest scholars such as Jeremy Rifkin and Aaron Ciechanover who is a Nobel laureate in Chemistry in 2004.
<Abdelmottaleb Ouederni, Vice President of University of Gabes, in the Lecture>

STEPI organized lectures, practices and field trip in terms of S&T policy and economic development of Korea. Ten lectures which were focused on national development strategy of Korea, technology roadmapping, technology transfer and regional innovation policy helped the participants to understand overall S&T policy and strategy of Korea.

The field trip to Ulsan and Pohang City was an opportunity to experience the Korea’s economic development. Companies like Hyundai Motors, POSCO were on the visit list. In addition, they visited research institute and regional technology cluster such as the Digital Media City (DMC) and the Pangyo Techno Valley. STEPI supported the participants to make an action plan for the S&T development of Tunisia during the program.
<Cultural Visit to the Jeonju Hanok Village>

The participants visited the Rural Development Administration at Jeonju city, which is the central government institution responsible for agricultural research and services. Jeonju icty is famous for the agricultural R&D and traditional culture (including exquisite gastronomy). Afterwards, they changed into the Hanbok, Korean traditional clothes, embodying Korean traditional culture and spirit to take a stroll around the Jeonju Hanok Village.

The program supported not only the capacity building of Tunisian human resources but also built the cooperative network between Korea and Tunisia in the S&T sector.

The Korean experts who played a key role in Korea S&T policy making and technology transfer were invited for the presentation of case studies about S&T policy, technology transfer and commercialization. Moreover, various organizations related to S&T policy such as KAIST, SBA, KAIST, Innopolis Foundation, KRICT, ETRI, DMC, were also contacted and visited to make a strong network as well as to share necessary information between the two countries.
The country report, 'Tunisia Technology Transfer Profile' and the action plan 'Paving the way for a straightforward pathway to strengthen Technology Transfer in Tunisia' were presented.

In the session of country report, Mr. Fethi Zagrouba, Director of MHESR, introduced overall status of the S&T policy of Tunisia and research governance, systems and models of technology transfer in Tunisia, based on the EU report on Tunisian National Innovation System. International S&T cooperation is especially important for building technology transfer and commercialization center and operating the system. Thus, it is meaningful to share Korea’s experiences and knowledge on operating and managing Technopark, and laws and regulations about technology transfer.

The participants brainstormed to develop their ideas for action plan, which refers to not only the content of the lectures and discussions but also advices from the Korean experts during the program. As the result of their efforts, they derived a fruitful action plan for the development of technology transfer in Tunisia, and Mr. Helmi Mardassi, General Director of Ministry of Health, presented the action plan in the wrap-up session on the last day of the program.
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