Important dates in Moroccan Higher Education

Important dates in Moroccan Higher Education

7 octobre 2021
Abdellatif Miraoui appointed Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
7 mai 2021
Signing of a partnership convention concerning the creation of a research chair to promote scientific research on women’s economic empowerment at the University of Legal, Economic and social Sciences of Aïn Chock à Casablanca, by the Minister of Solidarity, Social Development, Equality and Family Affairs, the President of Hassan II University, Aawatef Hayar, and Abderrahim Khaldi,  Vice-President of the «Green TIC» Project.  “This chair will allow academics to come up with the necessary tools to insure women’s empowerment and reinforce their role in the consolidation of development.  More than half of the students in our university are female students, the majority of whom distinguish themselves in their studies.  And yet,  only [13%] of women are project holders and less than [2%] hold decision-making jobs” (Aawatef Hayar’s Statement at a press conference).
December 16, 2020
The British Council in Morocco in collaboration with the Department of Higher Education & Research at the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education & Scientific Research, installed the first Digital Library Wall at Al Akhawayn Mohammed VI Library.  The launch ceremony was attended virtually by Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, Minister Delegate in charge of Higher Education and Research, Mr. Tony Reilly, British Council Director in Morocco, Mr. Simon Martin, British Ambassador to Morocco, President Amine Bensaid, and AUI faculty, staff, and students.  The Digital Library Wall gives access to learning resources to develop skills and to a uniquely curated range of English-medium resources
September 2020
Morocco implements the 4-year Bachelor system in Higher Education instead of the current 3-year system.
November 15, 2019
Morocco signs revised regional convention on recognition of Higher Education studies, diplomas and degrees in Africa (UNESCO). 
March 6, 2019
The Presidents of Universities Conference  (CPU) in El Jadida have expressed their support for the 31st clause of a draft law on education that paves the way to the introduction (or re-introduction) of foreign languages as means of instruction for scientific and technical subjects. 
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.
April 19, 2018

The government Council adopts a draft decree pertaining to Higher Education institutions and student accommodation, put forward by the Minister of Education, Training and Research. “The decree aims at bringing Higher Education institutions closer to students, diversify programs and adapt the academic map to the regional breakdown of Morocco. The draft stipulates:

1. The creation of new institutions: a Multidisciplinary Faculty in Taounate (Mohamed Benabdellah University – Fes), a Multidisciplinary Faculty in El Hoceima (Abdelmalek Essadi University – Tetouan), and a Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Laayoune (Ibn Zohr University – Agadir).

2. The change of appellation of some institutions: Higher School of Technology of Berrechid (Hassan 1 University – Settat) becomes National School of Applied Sciences, and Multidisciplinary Faculty of El Jadida (Bouchaib Doukkali University) becomes Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences.

3. Transfer of institutions from one university to another: Institutions created in El Hoceima from Mohamed 1 University (Oujda) to Abdelmalek Essaadi University (Tétouan), Higher School of Technology (Khenifra) from Moulay Ismail University (Meknès) to Sultan Moulay Slimane University (Beni Mellal), and institutions created in Khouribga from Hassan 1 Univertsity (Settat) to Sultan Moulay Slimane Univertsity (Beni Mellal).

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.
November 21-22, 2016
The Higher Council for Education and Research approves bill put forward by the Head of Government, Abdelilah benkrane, during his first term in office, and which proposes the introduction of scholarship fees for students at Higher secondary school (Lycées) and University levels.

Time frame for the implementation of the Education Reforms in accordance with the new “strategic vision.
Introduction of scholarships for students in vocational training centers who will start to benefit from study grants similar to their counterparts in public universities.
July 22, 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.
December 15, 2016
Inauguration of Mohamed VI University for Health Sciences in Casablanca.
Launch of Health Care for students.
Launch of “voluntary departure” for public sector employees.
The National Education and Training Charter: Statute No 01-00.
LMD (Bologna process) system introduced in Morocco for the first time.

The National Office for Academic Social and Cultural Welfare (ONOUSC) is set up.

A system of  single doctorate is adopted in Morocco.
The “National Association of Unemployed Graduates of Morocco” (ANCDM) is formed.

Morocco opens its first modern university, Mohammed V University, soon after independence.

859 A.D.

Karouine University in Fez (the first university in the modern world!) was built by Fatima AL-Fihri.


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