A $100 million American university will be located in Tunis by 2020. It will be the first of its kind in the Arab Maghreb region, which comprises the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
A partnership agreement on the university’s creation, between Tunisia’s private Université Montplaisir Tunis, or UMT, and a number of United States universities, including Clayton State, was signed on 27 January in Tunis, according to a press report. According to University World News (Wagdy Sawahel, 6 February 2015, Issue No.: 145): “The new American university is the second to be set up in Africa – the American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 – and the second foreign campus in Tunisia after two French institutions – ESMOD and Paris Dauphine University – set up there, according to the January 2015 “Branch Campus Listing”. The 50,000 square metre campus will be built at Tunis Financial Harbour, about 25 kilometres north of Tunis, and will cost about US$100 million, which will be provided by private donors and UMT.”
The university is planned to be based on an American model of higher education and grounded in the culture of the Maghreb. Students will spend two years studying in Tunis and then two in US partner universities, to earn a double degree (‘2+2’ model) in law, medicine and economics.