Short Description Project „OpporTUNIty“

Titel of the project:  Building a technical private vocational training center in Tunisia (“OpporTUNIty”)

Theme:                     BMBF: “Demand-oriented development and exemplary implementation of training

                                   and further education services for international markets”

Coordination:          PRS Technologie Gesellschaft mbH (PRSTG), Metzgerstraße 10, 52070 Aachen, Germany

Evaluation partner: Dr. Matthias Klumpp

                                   Univ.-Prof- Dr. Stephan Zelewski

                                   Fakultät für Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Institut für Produktion und Industrielles Informationsmanagement (PIM),

                                   Universität Duisburg-Essen

Operational time:    01.07.2017 to 30.06.2020, Project number: 01BE17010B


Project Description


The overall object of the project is the exemplary implementation of a vocational training concept for technical apprenticeships in Tunisia. For this the development and implementation of a practicable cooperation model with local Tunisian corporate networks of the producing sector on the basis of the German vocational training model is sought. This should ensure the involvement of local companies in the training process, guarantee a practical training and enable a sustainable business model through training fees. Adapted training programs for the Tunisian apprenticeships “Maintenace Industrielle” (similar to industrial mechanic/mechatronics”) and “Informatique et Automatisme Industrielle” (similar to industrial computer) are being developed. The close cooperation between German and Tunisian partners from the public and private sector ensures that as well German quality standards as Tunisian training standards and ultimately the employability of graduates in Tunisia can be achieved.

In the course of the project, through the targeted pilot actions an economically viable vocational training center will be built, operated, evaluated and developed. This represents a significant step forward for the Tunisian VET (vocational education training) sector, because comparable vocational training centers, especially for technical professions, so far don´t exist. The pilot actions described here, their evaluation under the responsibility of the University of Duisburg-Essen (PIM) and the aggregation of findings within the project aim to derive success factors and procedures that can be transferred to comparable target markets of interested educational partners. Such findings reduce the entry barriers for future education export of German companies. The project partners PRSTG Aachen (coordination), TÜV Cologne, University of Duisburg-Essen and ACC (Tunisia) work together on this project in the period from 2017 to 2020.