[LPI-News] LPI and Government of Tunisia certify IT graduates

slamberton slamberton at lpi.org
Thu Jun 17 11:53:07 EDT 2010

Linux Professional Institute and Government of Tunisia to certify IT

(Tunis, Tunisia and Sacramento, CA, USA: June 17, 2010) The Linux
Professional Institute (LPI), the world's premier Linux certification
organization (http://www.lpi.org), announced with the Ministry of
Communication Technologies of Tunisia (http://www.mincom.tn) a
program to train and certify young graduates in Linux and Free and Open
Source Software (FOSS). The program was announced during the signing of
a partnership agreement in Tunis, Tunisia with Ministry officials and
LPI's affiliate in the region: LPI-Maghreb (http://www.lpi-maghreb.net).

"We are pleased to be part of the Presidential project in Tunisia which
has a goal to certify 20,000 graduates as IT professionals.  The
government's recognition of our program demonstrates the growing
importance of Linux and Open Source Software in both the enterprise and
public sector.  Additionally, it is indicative of how LPI has come to be
recognized by governments around the world as the definitive global
standard in Linux certification," said Jim Lacey, president and CEO of
LPI.  Mr.Lacey noted that while attending the 5th International
Conference on FOSS in Tunisia this past January, where he was a keynote
speaker, that many government officials expressed the importance of Open
Source Software in their country's larger economic development
strategies.  This certification program is part of the government's
initiative to make Tunisia an attractive location for foreign direct
investment particularly in IT--an industry sector that is seen to be of
strategic importance with potential for high employment.

The program's goal of certifying the first 2,300 students in Linux and
FOSS will train participants to certify at all three levels of LPI's
certification program: LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3.  Other IT
certifications in such specialties as software development, data base
and network management and computer security will also be promoted
within the wider program targeted at 20,000 students and is intended to
strengthen the position of the country internationally as a regional hub
for information technology and communication.

"We applaud the government of Tunisia in recognizing the important
contributions that Linux and Open Source Software have made to the field
of IT.  In addition we are pleased that the government has adopted LPI's
certification program as an important part of their professional human
resource development initiatives," said Sonia Ben Othman, CEO of

LPI-Maghreb announced that the first training session of LPIC-1 will
begin on June 21, 2010.

The Linux Professional Institute is globally supported by the IT
industry, enterprise customers, community professionals, government
entities and the educational community. LPI's certification program is
supported by an affiliate network spanning five continents and is
distributed worldwide in multiple languages in more than 7,000 testing
locations. Since 1999, LPI has delivered over 245,000 exams and 80,000
LPIC certifications around the world.


About the Linux Professional Institute:

The Linux Professional Institute promotes and certifies essential skills
on Linux and Open Source technologies through the global delivery of
comprehensive, top-quality, vendor-independent exams. Established as an
international non-profit organization in September 1999 by the Linux
community, the Linux Professional Institute continues to demonstrate
recognized global leadership in the certification of Linux
professionals. LPI advances the Linux and Open Source movement through
strategic partners, sponsorships, innovative programs and community
development activities. LPI's major financial sponsors are Platinum
Sponsors IBM, Linux Journal, Linux Magazine, Novell, SGI, and TurboLinux
as well as Gold Sponsors, HP and IDG.

Media Contacts:

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

Sonia Ben Othman
info at trainux.com
+216 21 55 17 18

Scott Lamberton
Director of Communications
Linux Professional Institute
slamberton at lpi.org

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