Universities Deans meeting at Harvard


The US Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law department organized a study tour on technology transfer an innovation based entrepreneurship. The delegation was composed of Tunisian and Algerian public universities Deans.

On March 3rd, the delegation visited Harvard University and various start-up incubators. A roundtable was organized at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with the support of TAYP, where the delegation discussed with Hedi Larbi, Tunisian visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School, Abdelkrim Doufene, Algerian Post-doctoral associate at MIT, and Aziz Majoul, Tunisian graduate student at Harvard about their insights following their visit.

The discussion transformed quickly into a brainstorming session on how to strengthen entrepreneurship and innovation in Tunisian universities. Some key areas were discussed such as demystifying failure and supporting reasonable entrepreneurial risk taking, supporting team building, and gearing research toward concrete application for the Tunisian private sector. Innovation is key in leveling up the playing field and position the economic eco-system into a higher value chain position. The meeting lasted for an hour and a half and enabled all participants to build on their experiences to imagine collectively the way forward.