Tunis University

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Tunis University
جامعة تونس
Former names
Institute of High Studies of Tunis
Type Public
Established October 1945 (1945-10)
Rector Pr H'maied Ben Aziza[1]
Administrative staff
Students 28000
Location Tunis, Tunisia
Affiliations UNIMED
Website www.utunis.rnu.tn/

Tunis University (Arabic: جامعة تونس‎‎) is a university located in Tunis, Tunisia. It has been watchful, for sixteen years, for the best use of the human and material means granted to higher education and scientific research institutions. It supervises to improve their opening on the social, cultural and economic environments.

With the aim of a better rationalization of competence and insertion of the graduates into professional life, the University diversified the studies of master's degree and doctorate and multiplied the professional master’s degrees. That allowed it to respond to the needs of various sectors of the economy and to be in the avant-garde of scientific and technological evolution.

The University of Tunis is a member of the Mediterranean University Union (UNIMED).


Bourguiba High School

Tunis University's founding in 1960 was a major event which occurred four years after the Tunisian independence. The university was heir to the Institute of High Studies of Tunis, witch was created in October 1945 and was formed by the Centre of Juridical Studies, High school of language and Arab Literature, School of Fine Arts, Higher School of Commerce, and classes of higher Letters and Specials Mathematics of Lycée Carnot of Tunis (actually Bourguiba High School).[2]

Under the restructuring of the higher institutes of Tunisia in 1988, the university was split into Tunis University I, II and III[3]


  • 28,000 students,
  • 1,861 teachers,
  • 16 high education and research institutions,
  • 37 research units,
  • 4 doctoral schools,
  • 3 chairs UNESCO.
  • 8 research laboratories,[4] where 50% of them belong to the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences.[5]

Buildings, collections and facilities[edit]


École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Tunis[edit]

Established in 1973, the École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Tunis was known as École Normale Supérieure de l'Enseignement Technique which was an accredited higher education institution that reformed professors in electrical engineering and industrial science. The ENSET was regarded as a normal school with credit and prestige. In 1994, educational reforms mandated the transformation of the ENSET to École supérieure des sciences et techniques de Tunis and later in 2003 the ESSTT was subscribed to the LMD reforms. In 2011, the ENSIT was established as an engineering school with both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences[edit]

Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

It is the oldest university institution in Tunisia. The faculty is the heiress of the Institute of High Studies and the Faculty of Literature and Human Science which was founded in 1958. The scientific council of the faculty is formed by twelve members; eight directors of departments; three students' representatives, and representatives of associations and professional organizations.[6]

The faculty is directed by the elected dean Noureddine Kridis[7]

Ecole Normale Supérieure[edit]

The Ecole Normale Supérieure or ENS is the oldest institution and the first nucleus for modern teaching at university in independent Tunisia. The ENS opened in October 1956. The official text for its creation dating back to the 13th of September 1958, assigned to it the mission of ensuring the instruction of teachers, senior executives and top – ranking researchers whom the country greatly needed.[8]

National Heritage Institute[edit]

The National Heritage Institute (INP) is a public administrative institution with legal, personality and financial autonomy. It is under the Ministry of Culture. It is a scientific and technical institution responsible for establishing the inventory of cultural heritage, archaeological, historical, civilizational and artistic, of his study, his backup and its development.[9]

Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies of Tunis[edit]

Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies

IPEIT was founded on April 24, 1995. It is specialized in technologies and sciences. At the end of the second and final year, students pass a national exam of entrance to engineering schools.[10]

Higher School of Economic and Commercial Sciences[edit]

Higher Institute of Literary Studies and Humanities[edit]

Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts[edit]

Higher Institute for Youth-Club Activities and Culture[edit]

Higher Institute of Fine Arts[edit]

Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities[edit]

Higher Institute of Applied Studies in Humanities of Zaghouan[edit]

Higher Institute of Management[edit]

Higher Institute of Music[edit]

Higher Institute of Crafts Heritage[edit]

Tunis Business School[edit]

Tunis Business School is the first public English-language business school in Tunisia. It opened its doors on 4 October 2010.

Notable alumni and academics[edit]

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