Institut Maghrebin des Sciences Economiques et de Technologie (IMSET) was founded in 1993 as the first private technical and vocational training institute in Tunisia. In 2001, its visionary founders set out to expand IMSET’s activity in the higher education sector to meet a need in the market. This resulted in its first extension, the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Health and Medical school, which made it a leader in the healthcare sector not only in Tunisia, but in the entire Maghreb region.

Following steady growth, the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group now extends across seven verticals: Health, Business, Law, Engineering, Architecture and Design, Journalism and Communication, and Information and Telecommunication. It also has an executive training center. As such, UCG has succeeded in building the largest post-secondary education platform in Tunisia, spanning across five cities: Tunis, Nabeul, Sousse, Sfax and Gabes.

The UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group is currently structured into four institutions:

  • UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE: The leading multi-disciplinary private university comprising six schools (Health Science, Engineering & IT, Architecture, Media & Journalism, Law & Political Science and Business, as well as its Executive Education Center
  • UPSAT: Paramedical schools in Soussee, Tunis
  • IMSET: The first and largest private technical and vocational institute in Tunisia
  • AAC: A vocational Creative Arts & Design School


UPSAT is the latest addition to the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group and is an affirmation of its ambition to lead and develop Health education in the Tunisian market. This is demonstrated by the development of the Honoris Medical Simulation Center, one of the eight accredited centers in Africa and the first in the region to be accredited by the world’s largest healthcare accreditation body, the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).
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The vision of the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group is to prepare and to educate solution-oriented leaders and professionals on the world’s youngest and fastest-growing continent, Africa. To supplement this vision, further additions in the form of the Honoris COLLECTIVE LAB and the Honoris Career Center have been made to the Group. These shared spaces offer various career-oriented services to all of the 9,000 UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group students. The UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group has exhibited an international dimension in its academic offerings since it was launched in 2001.  >>read more

What does education for impact mean to the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group?

Houbeb Ajmi, Managing Director of the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group, responds:
“Improving skills through quality education is probably the single biggest tool for improving lives. This has a direct influence on surrounding communities, which then has the potential to affect change across countries, which could lead to positive global impact."
Houbeb Ajmi

Student Lifecycle

As essential elements for success, the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group focuses on delivering high quality education, a multicultural academic experience with student-centric learning environments that are equipped with state-of-the-art, professional technologies and arming our students with 21st Century skills.

By participating in delivering an appropriate academic orientation for potential students and accompanying them throughout their journey to their first job and beyond, the student lifecycle at UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Group (UCG) can be described as a “partnership for success”.


  • The UCG student population is made up of Tunisian (90%) and international (10%) students
  • A continuous and sustainable marketing & communication plan is in place to attract new students and is based on these 4 pillars: Digital communication, Conferences and events, Partnerships with foreign universities, and Field visits and participation in local orientation events for the targeted countries


  • UCG enjoys positive rates of satisfaction (80%) in terms of quality of education and quality of the academic staff
  • UCG offers 21st century learning environments which include 90 labs, 15 campuses, a Medical Simulation Center, a Career Center and a COLLECTIVE LAB, as well as several collaborative work spaces. All the students benefit from a digital platform from where they can follow their journey within the school, find all the academic resources and interact with the school’s academic and administrative staff.
  • UCG undertakes extensive work to improve their education methods, such as the following: >>read more


  • The Honoris COLLECTIVE LAB is a startup incubator that helps and accompanies students in their entrepreneurship ventures, providing a strong force of self-employed entrepreneurial graduates. Entrepreneurship modules have also been integrated to all the UCG curricula
  • The executive and Lifelong Learning Center offers appropriate degrees and trainings for managers and executives aspiring to acquire new strategic and managerial skills in a professional environment, or for staff in need of reskilling or upskilling to remain at the forefront of the industry and be able to follow / drive the evolution of the companies they work for
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  • UCG’s former students who have gone on to become entrepreneurs, managers, engineers, executives, architects, active citizens and leaders, form a reference community and an exceptional address book, both nationally and internationally
  • Many of UCG’s Alumni are active in a host of the university clubs, mentoring their peers and being the best ambassadors of the UCG brand
  • A dedicated digital space has been created to bring together Alumni and current students with the aim of creating a sense of mentorship for the students


Pillars of Honoris Impact Framework

Network: the power of regional and global collaboration through institutions and partnerships and the positive impact.

  • UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE group, is leading the post secondary landscape in Tunisia, structured around four institutions
    • UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE: The leading multi-disciplinary private university in Tunis
    • UPSAT: Paramedical schools in Tunis, Sousse, Sfax.
    • IMSET: The first and largest private technical and vocational institute in Tunisia (with the largest footprint: Tunis, Nabeul, Sousse, Gabes)
    • AAC: A vocational Creative Arts & Design School in Tunis & Nabeul - Université Centrale Group counts three shared structures in Tunisia :
      • Honoris Medical Simulation Center (MSC)
      • Honoris COLLECTIVE LAB
      • Honoris Career Center
    • UCG has an international orientation and aims to produce highly employable and skilled graduates at national and international level. To this end, the Group has formed several partnerships with academic and professional institutions to redesign some of the curricula, conduct some applicable researches or provide internships and professional placement abroad, and on that field, we can mention the collaboration between UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Poytechniqe, Université de Lorraine, and Ditex France on the noninvasive respirator project; UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Polytechnique, Honoris Medical Simulation Center, UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE Com on the SIMCO project; IMSET and Carrier on the co-construction of the Air-conditioning technician degree; the partnership with the Olympic committee on the creation of an Olympic hall in the business school.

      UCG is in partnership with ESSEC de paris, Montpelier business school, l’écolede commerce de Lyon, Ecole de Troye, and Sciences Po Grenoble, allowing international mobility of the students. UCG also partnered with Swiss contact and created a virtual enterprise allowing students to have an equivalent to real life experience in enterprise and ensure their readiness.

      Furthermore, UCG has developed double degrees: TEVET with Le Cnam de Paris and Université de Loarraine, offering a unique opportunity to TEVET students to pursue their studies and obtain a HE degree.

Learning: quality education and developing world-class African human talent with an entrepreneurial mindset and 21st century skills to thrive in the globally disrupted world of work.

  • UCG includes several schools: Engineering & Architecture, IT, Business, Law, Media & Journalism and Health sciences. It is a benchmark in the Maghreb for its simulation centers. The university provides its students with 10 intelligent campuses in the city of Tunis.
  • A communication campaign is always set up throughout the program to highlight the Honoris Group's support for entrepreneurship and its involvement in broadening the career choices of its students
  • The Smart Systems laboratory at UCG offers cutting-edge equipment for students of the School of Engineering and Technology and for companies wishing to benefit from collaborative research. The SMART Laboratory serves as a center for the training of undergraduate as well as graduate students. It is also a space to host research projects funded by UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE and industrial sponsors
  • The MSC is one of three internationally accredited simulation centers in Africa and the only one in the Maghreb region with this recognition
  • Dual degree and double competencies degrees, such as civil engineering/ architecture or BI analyst/ finance, are now in place to offer or future graduate a higher employability and competitiveness on the job market

Innovation: education must continuously evolve to meet the challenges of the fast-changing and unpredictable globalized world.

  • The Honoris Medical Simulation Center (MSC):
    • The MSC has training spaces equipped with technology for transmitting and sharing simulation sessions as well as mannequins and simulators for training in emergency procedures and gestures
  • Smart Decision Support System (SlMco):
    • The MSC has used Virtual Reality for fast-tracking the development of Smart Decision Support System (SlMco) in collaboration with Université Centrale Polytech School. SIMco allows neurologists to diagnose people with neurological disorders (Alzheimer's, stroke and Neuropathy) which have a direct impact on driving. The process relies on a driving simulator in a 3D environment in order to assess and analyze the driving behavior of patients
  • Entrepreneurship at UPSAT:
    • Geared towards promoting the professional integration of young people and generating societal impact, and to implement an innovative pedagogy to build self-confidence in students as they prepare to enter the world of work
    • The role of COLLECTIVE LAB is to provide free training to all age groups, without exception, in order to increase and develop the country's economy by guiding innovative start-ups that have the potential to master the market

Employability: commitment to enhancing employability of graduates

  • UCG is committed to the employability and professional success of its graduates. It has more than 1000 internship hosting agreements with Tunisian and foreign private and public companies in numerous and diverse sectors. UCG also provides its students with a permanent internship placement office in each of its schools
      The Knowledge Passport:
    • UCG’s Knowledge Passport is an innovative educational approach based on the development of soft skills – like a real passport, if the destinations are employment and professional success
    • Through its Careers Centers and virtual platforms, the UCG institutions offer their students and graduates an extensive menu of services developed to ensure their job readiness

Communities: delivering a positive social impact in local communities.

  • Female empowerment programs:
      The Advanced Certificate Women Board Ready Certificate in partnership with ESSEC & Tunis Stock Exchange is designed for women in positions of responsibility, with mandates or aims to access the Boards of Directors and Management Committees. The certificate is a career booster for women who are experienced and motivated, able to offer their skills and take on the role of administrator (or leader) in an organization to bring added value
  • Plant trees initiative:
      This initiative had each participating student plant a tree, creating a collective green space for which students will provide maintenance and care. It is part of UCG’s mission to make students active members of society, defenders of ecology and Tunisian flora while developing their sense of citizenship
  • El Kram schools Initiative:
      Education for Impact is not just a slogan, it is a way of thinking and acting in UCG and it encompasses each and every member of its communities. As an example of this, UCG was the first to present help to more than 500 students who were affected by the damage of their school. UCG offered the students a space to continue their schooling at the Polytechnique campus situated in Kram, until their school is ready to welcome them again
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The true measure of success for Honoris, our students and their families, is the affirmation that the high level of individual investment has a meaningful return in transforming the lives of our students and the lives of others. These testimonials are testament of our students’ success:

Maysa Ben Youness

“The training I had in the communication school helped me a lot in developing my career. Thanks to the achievements of the complete training I had, I was able to integrate the professional world easily. Nothing is difficult, you can work and study at the same time!”
Maysa Ben Youness

Omar Mrabet

“Thanks to the quality training from the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE, I was able to integrate into professional life easily and quickly. In addition to the courses at Centrale Polytech, I benefited from the advantages of the UNIVERSITÉ CENTRALE: practical work, visits, study trips, clubs, additional training in language, management... Not to mention the internships and several participations in scientific events and seminars, all of which gave me a complete and versatile training.”
Omar Mrabet

Hajer Maamri - 5th year architecture

“I joined the COLLECTIVE LAB and I learned a lot from this experience in terms of entrepreneurial action and general knowledge. I also benefited from the public speaking and innovation modules, and I learned about business models and business plans, marketing, finance and human resources.”
Hajer Maamri

Foued Jouini - Founder & CEO of BFL Influencer Agency

“The training in Digital Marketing at Centrale Business School allowed me to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the professional world with confidence and realize my lifelong dream of launching my own project. It also gave me the opportunity to meet talented students, some of whom have become my collaborators.”
Foued Jouini

Mehdi Dabbech – IMSET, BTP Management computing

“I studied IT Management. My professors were great; they made it easy for me to learn as they had good teaching methods. As an IT student, I needed a lot of practice to master what I was learning. That’s where IMSET helped me to find an internship through its business contacts and partners.”
Mehdi Dabbech

Sabra Achour – AAC, BTS Video editing and photography

“I am a student at AAC. I studied a BTP in Photography and now I’m studying a BTS in Editing. I would really like to pursue a career in documentary photography or in Cinema. In AAC there a lot of excellent professors, they made me fall in love with art history. What you should also know is that every person that studies there has a passion and therefore a story to tell. You can get acquainted with a lot of people that will open a lot of doors for you. The AAC really helped me turn my passion into purpose and get a certified diploma as well as useful business contacts. What I would like to say is that you should never give up on your dreams. It’s not going be easy at first but when we want something we can get it. If you are passionate never stop, whatever happens!”
Sabra Achour