Inter-university networking for capacity-building in STI policy: Towards a comprehensive African master programme

UNESCO's Priority Africa Programme    

This international workshop, which is taking place at the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT), will focus on identifying modalities to establish an innovative North-South-South inter-university network in STI policy, with an emphasis on capacity-building in STI policy in Africa.

Focus will also be placed on identifying potential joint activities that the proposed network can undertake and on how to ensure its sustainability. The workshop will also review ENIT’s proposal to establish a STI policy master programme for Africa.

The workshop is co-organized by UNESCO’s Division of Science Policy and Capacity-Building, the Tunisian Association for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation (TAASTI) and the National Engineering School of Tunis (ENIT). It will bring together representatives from international and regional organizations, such as the International Science, Technology and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC), the United Nations University - Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the Pan African University (Yaoundé), as well as universities from Africa and other parts of the world including the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (UK), the University of Bremen (Germany), the Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology (NM-AIST) (Tanzania), the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation at the Tshwane University of Technology (South Africa) and the Science and Technology Policy Institute STEPI (Korea).

The event is organized within the framework of UNESCO’s programme on Capacity-building in STI policy and governance, and follows-up on the recommendations of the Second Ministerial Forum on STI in Africa (Rabat, Morocco, October 2014) and the discussions held on that occasion on the establishment of STI policy training and research programmes in African universities.


Type of Event Consultative Meeting
Start 11.06.2015 09:00 local time
End 12.06.2015 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Bahri, Sonia
Country Tunisia
City Hammamet
Venue Hammamet, Tunisia
Permanent Delegation Contact Permanente Delegation of Tunisia to UNESCO
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 25
Official Website
Link 1 Workshop booklet (pdf)
Link 2 Concept Note (pdf)
Link 3 Agenda (pdf)
Link 4 • Final report of UNESCO side event in Rabat 16 October 2014, “Setting-up University Networks for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy Capacity-Building in Africa”