Higher Education in Morocco

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Higher Education is considered to be one of the key strategic sectors Morocco is relying upon to achieve its political stability, economic prosperity and cultural renaissance.

The Higher Education sector in Morocco is run by Khalid Samadi, Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, in charge of Higher Education and Research.

Higher Education in Morocco includes private institutions,  privately-run institutions and public institutions.  Public Higher education institutions can be broken down into two types: Open-access and limited-access.  Public Higher education institutions face a number of challenges such as overcrowding, a low supervision rate, poor infrastructure and a meagre budget earmarked for research.  As far as administration is concerned, these institutions suffer from weak human resources, absence of continuing training and the delay in adopting modern information and communication technologies.

The LMD (Bachelor, Master, PhD) system has been introduced in Morocco after it spread in the western countries late last century thanks to its qualities and advantages, namely the establishment of a link between higher education programs and the needs of the workplace as well a system of “career path” and “cross-over points” that allow students to cross over from one career path to another in accordance with the rules and regulations in place.  This system also gives students a chance to pursue their studies in Europe and elsewhere since it is an international system. However, after 15 years of implementation the LMD system did not achieve the set objectives due to its hasty implementation and its unsuitability to the realities of higher education Morocco.

On completion of the secondary school program (baccalaureate/higher secondary certificate), students can pursue their studies in many open-access (Open-access  ) higher education institutions. They are, however, required to have high baccalaureate grades and take a competitive entrance exam to attend limited-access (Limited-access ) institutions. As for private and privately-run (Private) higher education institutions, students may be required to sit for an entrance exam/interview, as well as pay registration and scholarship fees. 

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    Mohamed VI University for Health Sciences.

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    University Hospital by 2021

[May 20, 2018] Jamal Sebbani elected new Secretary General of the Higher Education Teachers’ Union.

[May 19, 2018] Death of a law student at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir in the aftermath of fierce confrontations between two student factions.

[May 18, 2018] The administrative Council of the National Center for Scientific and Technical Research (headed by Saad Eddine El-Othmani, head of government) adopts the 2018-2022 strategic plan.

[May 6 2018] A competitive exam to enter the profession of “adoul” (Muslim Law Notary) took place at the Faculty of Letters in Rabat with the participation of women for the first time ever in Morocco and the Muslim world. Women make up [40%] of the [19,000] candidates competing for about [800] new positions for “adouls” who will be selected on the basis of merit and without any positive discrimination in favor of women. The profession of “adoul” remained a “men only” job for religious reasons. The constitution gives the king, being Commander of the Faithful, exclusive authority to look into religious matters on the advice of the Higher Scientific Council that issued the “women adouls” fatwa.

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[459,203]  is the number of candidates for the baccalaureate exams in the academic year 2017-2018.  [245,732]  candidates in the scientific and technical career paths (8% up from last year), [191,980] candidates in the literary and traditional career paths (2% up from last year), [2,159] candidates in the professional baccalaureate paths (15-fold up from last year) and [19,326] in the international career paths.

[58,948] Number of candidates (9,2% up from last year) who have been registered (May 8 through 24, 2018) via the « cpge.ac.ma » website to enter the public institutions of the preparatory classes for the «grandes écoles » (CPGE).

[50%] and 70%] Entrance to historical monuments: “Pupils and students have been granted a rebate on their entrance fee. Moroccans will get a [50%] discount while international pupils and students pay a reduced fee of up to [70%] ”. (Ministry of Culture and Communication, April 2018)

[6000 to 7000 per year] Number of students specializing in information technologies graduating from the various high schools & institutes, [10% to 20%] of which move abroad every year. (Moroccan Federation of Information Technologies, Communication and offshoring, April 2018)

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“Why do some public universities have to take the brunt of overcrowding? A case in point is Ibn Zohr University which accepts students from 4 southern regions and has a student population nearing [120,000].  The question is how do we tackle the problem of overcrowding?”  


“New Universities are to be built. Adding new classrooms here and there and soliciting the help of teaching assistants from outside the university are make-shift, short-term approaches and would not solve the problem of overcrowding.”

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Once in a while moroccodemia conducts a survey on a particular issue pertaining to Higher education in Morocco. Please take a few minutes to complete  this survey on the challenges facing public universities in Morocco.

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