Key figures on Higher Education in Morocco

Key figures on Higher Education in Morocco

Number of students from sub-Saharan Africa who have graduated from Moroccan universities in the last [20] years. [12,000] students from [47] African countries are currently pursuing their higher studies in Morocco (Mohamed Methqal, President of AMCI, the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, announced October 24, 2019, during a conference in Sochi, Russia, under the theme “Russia-Africa: Science, Education, Training, and Innovation for Economic Development).

40 years
The time span of the last Arabization experience.  A clause in the new Education Framework Law (# 51.27) stipulates that Arabic be dropped as a the language of instruction for science subjects.  “The language that that does not serve as a medium for research and lacks appropriate technical terminology cannot succeed in pre-university education.” (Khalid Samadi, State Secretary for Higher Education, August 23, 2019). Until now, students take Science subjects in Arabic during their pre-university schooling, but once at university, where science subjects are taught in French, they find it difficult to cope.

Number of Moroccan high school students who passed the 2019 baccalaureate exams.

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 [801] 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).

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.

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)

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
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)

Number of Moroccan students in France (43% female) during the academic year 2016-2017, up [17%] from the 2011-2016 period.  Moroccan students occupy first place (11%) among international students in France, followed by the Chinese [28,760], Algerians [26,116] and Tunisians [12,390]. [25,669] Moroccan students are enrolled in universities, whereas [3,570] are in business schools and [4,698] in schools of engineering. Moroccans  are in sixth position among international PhD candidates in France with [991] students in 2016-2017. (Campus France, , April 2018)

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.

Number of international students who have chosen Morocco to pursue their higher education studies in 2017. (Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, April 2018)


Number of academics who have not had a chance to publish.

Number of Moroccan academics who are not happy with their working conditions.

Moroccans have traveled to the United States through MACECE’s programs

Americans have similarly come to Morocco.

Enrollment rate in Higher Education.

1 in 5
Number of graduates who move abroad: some [18%] head mainly to Europe and North America.

65 years
Age of retirement for academics with the possibility of an extension for two years maximum renewable twice.

Number of academics who will reach the age of retirement in 2018.

Number of Moroccan students pursuing their higher studies in France.

Number of students enrolled in higher education institutions, public and private.

Number of students who graduate from higher education institutions each year.

Number of new students who join higher education institutions each year.


Number of students enrolled in private higher education institutions.

633 DH
Monthly grant money university students receive.


Number of sub-Saharan Students Enrolled in Moroccan Universities (2016-2017)

Senegalese students join Moroccan universities every year.

Number of Moroccan students in France.

65,000,000 DH
Amount of research funding Tangier Tetouan Alhoucaima Regional Council will provide in the context of an agreement signed (May 25, 2016) by Lahcen Daoudi, Minister Higher Education, and Ilyas Elomari, Head of the region, in support of local universities.

Per cent of GDP is the amount of expenditure by Morocco on research and development.

Number of students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy in Agadir for the 2016-2017 academic year, the first after the launch of the faculty.

Number of students from both public and private schools who have passed the 2017 baccalaureate exam during the two sessions, ordinary and make-up: (65.20%) compared to (61.72%) in 2016.


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