Photo taken by UGA staff member Nathalie Genin while in Tunisia developing the ICM project
UGA receives European funding for new Tunisia project
The UGA has received European funding for a new project with six higher education institutions in Tunisia. The new project will receive more than 150,000 euros over 26 months, and support mobility for 16 students as well as 48 faculty and staff.
The award is part of Europe’s International Credit Mobility (ICM) program, which supports student, staff, and faculty mobility outside of Europe. The UGA program will allow for classical student exchanges, student work placements, faculty mobility, and teacher training.

The ICM program aims to better prepare students for work and citizenship in the face of linguistic and cultural diversity.

Supporting strategic goals

This project is part of the UGA’s larger goals, and also supports higher educational and partnership priorities for the city of Grenoble, the region (ARA), France, and Europe.

Tunisia is one of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes priorities for international cooperation, and the city of Grenoble has long standing, in-depth partnerships with the University of Sfax. The project also supports UGA goals for partnerships in francophone Africa and its promotion and celebration of the diversity of French-speaking cultures around the world.

The project also builds on the UGA’s current ties, including six current Tunisian partners, one of whom – the University of Sfax –is already a major research collaborator of the UGA in fields ranging from urban planning to medicine.

What’s different about the UGA ICM program?

Includes mobility on the part of all the different members of a university community (students, faculty, and students), thus involving the whole institution and not just central offices, thus becoming a strategic priority and not just a mechanism for student exchanges outside of Europe (not that such exchanges do not have value).

The approach is interdisciplinary – focusing on language acquisition through arts and culture.

The program also involves a variety of partners in Tunisia. In addition larger, research-oriented institutions, the program also includes a number of smaller universities who bring specific expertise, but who do not often have the opportunity to participate in funded European projects.

Published on June 26, 2018
Updated on June 29, 2018