Tunisia to launch its own satellite by 2025, says Khalil Laamiri
07/12/2017 15:50, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) – The Tunisian Space Programme, developed by Tunisian skills, is currently working on launching a Tunisian satellite by 2025, Secretary of State to Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry Khalil Laamiri announced on Wednesday in Monastir.

This satellite contains several applications in different fields including security, urban planning, agriculture and environment, he pointed out.

The satellite’s services can be marketed at the regional level, Laamiri said on the fringes of a scientific symposium held at Monastir’s National Engineering School. Seven African countries have already launched their satellites, he indicated.

As regards the technology transfer offices established in universities, he pointed out that a legal text on the university’s organisational structure, in charge of training, research and innovation will be issued, shortly.

He further confirmed that organisational structure at universities will be reviewed, stressing that the Higher Education and Scientific Research Ministry has started reform on this matter.

The transformation of the public university to a science and technology department will help it benefit from administrative and financial autonomy, he added.

This transformation will help manage technology transfer offices that will benefit from a monitoring unit and a legal specialist, he explained.

The Higher Education Ministry has started since six months the competitive funding and the establishment of new research and innovation jobs in addition to the implementation of technological platforms, he recalled.

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