Monitoring Quality in Arab Higher Education
The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research grants licenses to public and private universities.
The ministry reviews eight general areas before approving a private university, including its curriculum and disciplines; the number and quality of its professors; and its infrastructure and budget. The minister has the right to withdraw the license of any private university in case of any failure to meet the conditions, but is required to warn institutions first.
Medical schools need the additional approval of the health ministry, the Ministère de la Santé, before beginning operations.
The National Commission for Assessment and Quality Assurance and Accreditation is the formal body responsible for following up and evaluating the higher-education institutions (For more details on the regulations, click here).
No clear mechanism has been established to prevent conflicts of interest and corruption in education, an Al-Fanar Media examination of laws and regulations and consultations with experts found.
Tunisia has 203 public and 63 private universities.