In today's challenging and demanding environment, the need for research and innovation is vital. SMU responded effectively to this need by establishing its research center with the help of different collaborates working side by side. Its aim is to bridge between academia, the first portal to the professional world for students, then the public sphere, business community, and international partners. The research center envisions a homogenous frame of Business and Engineering for SMU to push expertise forward and seek excellence by building research infrastructure and being a resource center, therefore raise its profile and accentuate its vision, mission, and values aspects. 

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The Canadian non-profit organization, Mitacs, has been successfully designing and delivering research and training programs since 1999. Over the past 20 years, Mitacs has funded more than 20,000 research projects, trained more than 33,000 students and postdocs, and supported more than 3,600 international research collaborations. 

Mitacs’ mission is to connect industries with universities and colleges for the purpose of solving business challenges. Through Medtech, SMU was able to establish a partnership with one of Mitac’s Programs, Globallink, to carry out joint industrial and academic research projects. The program includes two exchange initiatives; Globalink Research Internship (GRI), a 12-week internship for undergraduate students at their final years of studies enrolled full-time in a Tunisian university, and Globalink Research Award (GRA), a 12-24-week-internship designed for undergraduate students at their final years of studies, as well as master’s, Ph. D. students and postdoctoral fellows with full-time affiliations in a Tunisian university. 
For more details about the SMU-Mitacs partnership and the exchange mobility between Tunisia and Canada through Mitacs, kindly contact: Yasmine Guefrachi, Ph. D. (Assistant Professor at MedTech) at 

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