US-Tunisia-Morocco Partnership (USTM) for the Promotion of Technology Innovation and Commercialization Strategies in Engineering Research and Education is a project funded by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs' (OES), U.S. Department of State. The Pennsylvania State University leads the USTM effort in partnership with the non-profit organization Tunisian-American Young Professionals (TAYP) and premiere science and engineering universities in Tunisia (led by the Ecole Polytechnique de Tunisie) and Morocco (led by Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech).
The mission of USTM is to establish a multi-tiered program focusing on the creation of technology transfer and commercialization opportunities and the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering research and education in both Tunisia and Morocco.
1) to chart specific strategies designed to encourage innovation and creativity in engineering and science curricula in Tunisia and Morocco,
2) to shape a new type of Tunisian and Moroccan engineer who possesses entrepreneurial skills, a knowledge of new product development processes, and a unique perspective on and connection to the private sector, and
3) to provide a venue to foster connections and build mutual understanding between universities and the private sector.