The COVID-19 pandemic has led to the temporary closure of educational institutions around the world in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus. Tunisia is no exception to this state. Faced with this unprecedented crisis, the Tunisian Computing Center al Khawarizmi (CCK) together with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research have taken several measures to support remote delivery of education.
To ensure sufficient pedagogical communication between students and teachers, CCK has set up a videoconferencing tool based on Jitsi, which is a set of open-source projects that allows faculty members to easily build and deploy secure video conferencing solutions, to assist them in holding synchronous classroom sessions with their students.
CCK has also set up a VPN-SSL to help the entire academic community in securing access to e-learning platforms and scientific resources published by Elsevier, Springer, IEEE, Wiley, etc., and available via the University National Centre of Scientific and Technical Documentation (CNUDST).
Furthermore, the CCK has been entrusted by the Tunisian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to sign contracts with the country’s three main telecom operators. This collaboration will grant Tunisian students free 4G access and ensure that they benefit from the possibility of accessing digital platforms available for distance learning across all Tunisian universities.
CCK General Director, Prof. Habib Youssef emphasized the constant efforts to provide quality education even in these exceptional times: “CCK will strive to make sure that no student is left out, particularly for more disadvantaged areas, and to facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning.”
The European Union has had a very positive impact on the evolution of CCK since 2005, largely within the framework of its co-funded projects EUMEDCONNECT and AfricaConnect, Africaconnect3 at present.
CCK, is the Tunisian Computing Center al Khawarizmi which was created in October 1976 following the adoption of computer science as a university specialty at the Faculty of Sciences of Tunis. At the time, it provided computing services to establishments, agencies and administrations of the ministries of national education and higher education.
Tunisia National Academic Network (RNU) has been established and run by the Tunisian Computing Center al Khawarizmi (CCK) since 1997, CCK is also acting as an Internet service provider for the entire Tunisian academic community of nearly 400 000 users, 90% of whom are students and the rest are faculty members, full time researchers, and technical & administrative personnel.
More information: www.cck.rnu.tn