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 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.

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.

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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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  • Casablanca

    Mohamed VI University for Health Sciences.

  • Laayoune

    University Hospital by 2021

[March 14-15, 2018] National Strike (National Higher Education Teachers’ Union )
[January 22, 2018] Mohamed VI appoints Said Amzazi, president of Mohamed VI university, Minister of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Research.
[January 4, 2018] “Tuition fees will be introduced but will only concern well-off families” (Mustapha El Khalfi, government spokesman).
[November 1, 2017] The minister of culture and communication, Mohamed Laaraj, is appointed interim Minister of Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Research.
[October 24, 2017] Mohammed VI dismisses Mohamed Hassad, Minister of Education, who previously held the position of Minister of the Interior, as well as  Larbi Bencheikh, secretary of state for Vocational Training, formerly director general of OFPPT, Office of Vocational Training and Job promotion.
[22 juillet 2017] Publication of a « leave of absence » circular that allows secondary school teachers holding a PhD to join universities in an attempt by the government to end teacher shortages in a number of disciplines.
[2017-2018] Introduction of scholarships for students in vocational training centers who will start to benefit from study grants similar to their counterparts in public universities. 

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[700] Number of tenure posts to be created in 2018, [800] Number of tenure posts transferred from other sectors, [400] Number of secondary school teachers called upon to teach at university, [300] Number of PhD students recruited to act as teaching assistants.
[11,000+] Number of international students who have chosen Morocco to pursue their higher education studies in 2017 (Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation).
[900,000] Number of students enrolled in higher education institutions, public and private.
[90,000] Number of students who graduate from higher education institutions each year.
[10%] Number of new students who join Higher Education institutions each year.
[38,000] Number of students enrolled in private higher education institutions.
[673,200] Number of trainees inside the vocational training and labor promotion centers during the 2017-2018 academic year.
[10 billion DH ] The budget pumped into higher education institutions each year.

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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.”

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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