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University of Sfax

University of Sfax
RectorAbdelwaheed Mokni
Academic staff
Administrative staff

The University of Sfax (Arabic: جامعة صفاقس French: Université de Sfax) is a university located in Sfax, Tunisia.[1] It was founded in 1986 under the name University of the South[1] with the purpose of covering all academic institutions in Southern Tunisia. It is divided into three universities, including the current University of Sfax, with the creation of the University of Gabes in 2003 and the University of Gafsa in 2004.[1]


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[2]901–1000 (2023)
QS World[3]1001–1200 (2024)
THE World[4]1001–1200 (2024)
USNWR Global[5]=1017 (2023)

The University of Sfax had 43,473 students in 2008–2009. The students were distributed among 21 higher education institutions, five research faculties, three colleges, twelve institutes, and a research center. They are the:

  • Faculty of Medicine of Sfax
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Faculty of Science
  • National Engineering School
  • Graduate School of Business
  • Graduate School of Science and Technology in Health
  • Higher Institute of Arts and Crafts
  • Institute of Music
  • Higher Institute of Computer Science and Multimedia
  • Higher Institute of Business Administration
  • Higher Institute of Sport and Physical Education
  • Preparatory Institute for Engineering Studies
  • Institute of High Business Studies
  • Higher Institute of Industrial Management
  • Higher Institute of Electronics and Communication
  • Higher Institute of Biotechnology
  • Higher Institute of Technological Studies
  • Institute of the Olive Tree
  • Biotechnology Center

The University of Sfax maintains partnerships with large corporations and academic cooperation in research and exchange programs with foreign universities in several countries like France, Canada, Belgium, Morocco, etc.

Faculty of Medicine of Sfax

Faculty of Medicine of Sfax (FMS)
كلية الطب بصفاقس
FMS entrance.
Other name
Faculté de Médecine de Sfax
Established1974 (1974)[6]
34°44′26″N 10°45′24″E / 34.74056°N 10.75667°E / 34.74056; 10.75667
LanguageArabic, French, English
University of Sfax is located in Tunisia
University of Sfax
Location in Tunisia

The Faculty of Medicine of Sfax (Arabic: كلية الطب بصفاقس) or FMS, is a Tunisian university establishment created according to the law N°74-83 of December 11, 1974.[6]

Flat Earth controversy

In April 2017, it was revealed that an anonymous PhD student at the university had submitted a thesis defending a flat Earth, and that it had passed the initial review stage, although its thesis defense was unsuccessful.[7] It also defended geocentrism and young-Earth creationism, and denied Newtonian mechanics and the Big Bang, largely based upon a literal and widely rejected interpretation of the Quran.[8] The incident sparked discussion of the academic standards in Tunisia and the Arab World. Faouzia Charfi, a professor at the nearby University of Tunis, asked, "How can we accept that the University is not the space of knowledge, of scientific rigor, but that of the negation of science? That where science is refused because it is not in conformity with Islam?"[9] Although it is to be noted that the Quran doesn't actually support flat-Earth, geocentrism and young Earth beliefs. And such interpretations have been widely rejected and rebutted by most Islamic scholars throughout history as well as such views are extremely rare among Muslims.

Belgian astronomer Yaël Nazé also wrote an article on the subject.[10] She commented that even though the thesis was first publicly announced on April 1, "it was not an April Fool’s joke."

See also


  1. ^ a b c "University of Sfax". Times Higher Education (THE). 2021-10-19. Retrieved 2021-10-31.
  2. ^ "Academic Ranking of World Universities 2023". Retrieved 24 February 2023.
  3. ^ "QS World University Rankings: University of Sfax". Top Universities. 29 June 2023. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  4. ^ "University of Sfax". Times Higher Education (THE). 28 September 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  5. ^ U.S. News. "University of Sfax". Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  6. ^ a b "Historique". (in French). Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Flat Earth thesis rejected says Tunisian Education Ministry - General news". 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "PhD thesis: The earth is flat".
  9. ^ "Is the World Flat Again? How an Old Debate Was Revived in Tunisia". 6 April 2017.
  10. ^ "A Doctoral Dissertation on a Geocentric Flat Earth".

34°44′13.5″N 10°44′36.8″E / 34.737083°N 10.743556°E / 34.737083; 10.743556

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