Higher Education and Research in Morocco
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.
On completion of the secondary school program (baccalaureate/higher secondary certificate), students can pursue their studies in many open-access ( ) higher education institutions. They are, however, required to have high baccalaureate grades and take a competitive entrance exam to attend limited-access () institutions. As for private and privately-run () 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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[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.
 Number of Moroccan universities who made it to the top 1,000 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019: Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University of Fez, Mohammed V University of Rabat and Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech. The three ranked between  and [1,000].
[11.3 billion dirhams] Budget set aside for the Higher Education sector in 2019. Up [5.43%] from last year (Ministry of Education, November 2018).
[1 in 3] Number of Moroccan graduates who are jobless (Ahmed Lahlimi, head of the High Commission for Planning/HCP, July 2018).
“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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