Fourteen mediation centres to be opened November 26 to resolve disputes in academic institutions (Slim Khalbous)
05/11/2019 12:35, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - "Fourteen mediation centres will officially open on November 26 to resolve disputes and clean up the climate in academic institutions," said Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Slim Khalbous.

In a statement to TAP on the fringes of a conference, organised Monday in Tunis by the Centre for Economic and Social Research and Studies (CERES), on "Tunisia by 2030," the minister pointed out that a mediation centre will be opened at the headquarters of the department while the 13 other structures will be operational within the public universities.

Khalbous added that the creation of university mediation centres is part of the project "the university, a space of ​​dialogue and social cohesion" launched by the ministry to implement the main recommendations of the conference on the higher education and scientific research reform, organised in December 2017 in Hammamet.

He said that the attributions of these centres had been established two years ago in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Anti-Corruption Authority.

"These partners will assist the ministry in training the staff of these mediation centres until 2021, to improve the management of disputes in all academic structures," said Khalbous.

He indicated that the mediation centres will help ease the tension in the academic institutions, specifying that the Directorate General of Legal Affairs and Litigation has seen an increase in the number of complaints filed by students, teachers and administrative staff since 2011.

All components of the academic institution will be represented in the mediation centres and will be selected according to well-defined criteria.


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