We are preparing a multi-day conference and
workshop in Monastir, Tunisia, which will bring together students, faculty,
business leaders, and regional and U.S. experts to discuss
entrepreneurship, economic development, and technology innovation, transfer
and commercialization. The purpose of the UTMP project is to enhance incountry
capacity in Tunisia and Morocco to bring new technologies to the
local and global markets by building individual and institutional capacity
to catalyze the development and commercialization of those new technologies
that truly address economic and market needs.
The first two days of the event combine keynote lectures, testimonials,
roundtable discussions, and hands-on sessions; participation during the
first two days should reach about 300 participants, mostly first and second
year engineering students. The last two days will focus on lectures and
short courses on entrepreneurship and related training, culminating in
design and business competitions; participation during these two days will
be limited to a selection of engineering students and early-career faculty
from Tunisia and Morocco.
As to content, keynote lectures will lay a
technical foundation for some of the breakout sessions while testimonials
will be based on success stories that involve enterprise creation to serve
as inspiration and knowledge sharing. The round tables will bring together
entrepreneurs, business people and academicians to initiate conversations
between the groups; possible topics include entrepreneurship and
technology-driven company creation, issues of financing a start-up and the
American model. Hands-on sessions will be run by business and engineering
faculty and target early-career faculty and engineering students; possible
topics include: the engineer's role in innovation and in economic
development, and ingredients for creative thinking and innovation.
Participants will include engineering students (a total of 270 junior and
senior students from Tunisian engineering schools, and 20 engineering
students from Marrakesh, Morocco) and early career faculty from Morocco and
Tunisia, in addition to instructors/experts from the U.S., Morocco and
The US-Tunisia-Morocco Partnership for the Promotion of Technology
Innovation and Commercialization Strategies in Engineering Research and Education
1) Identify specific strategies designed to catalyze innovation and
creativity in engineering curricula in Tunisia and Morocco.
Facilitator-led discussions will allow participants to share examples
and best practices and brainstorm new ideas.
2) 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
3) Provide a venue to foster connections and build mutual understanding
between universities and the private sector.
4) Build researcher capacity to create and develop innovative ideas and
direct studies towards outcomes with market potential.
1) Lectures on research successes, creativity, innovation and
2) Roundtable of students, engineering business leaders, investors,
university faculty and experts
3) Hands-on activities on selected technical topics, followed by team
deliberations and team presentations
4) Short courses and presentations on topics such as investing in Tunisia
and Morocco, the process of patenting, financing a start-up
5) Mentorship and coaching for students participating in the business
Other Workshop Information
All the activities related to NATEG DAYS 2012
will take place at Palais des Sciences de Monastir
Student lodging will be at the Hotel Monastir Centre
Faculty lodging will be at the TBA.
For more information on Monastir, please view this informational video
-Our Press Release
USTM In the News:
-Tunisia Live Article
-La Presse Article