This Commission, chaired by Driss Ouaouicha, Minister Delegate in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Conor Burns, British Minister of State for International Trade, in the presence of Thomas Reilly, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Rabat, and Tony Reilly, Director of the British Council in Morocco, experienced the participation of several Presidents and Rectors of Universities, Directors, and experts evolving in the academic field to examine the prospects for the development of a collaboration close between the two countries.
To this end, C. Burns underlined that the holding of this Commission testifies to “all the commitment of the United Kingdom to develop educational relations with the Kingdom of Morocco which constitutes, for us, a” pivotal “partner in Africa.” At the same time, he expressed the readiness of his country to support Morocco in the various reform projects undertaken, in particular, the learning of the English language.
For his part, D. Ouaouicha praised the quality of the exchanges and discussions that took place with senior British political and academic officials and was in favor of “opening up our higher education system to the Anglo-Saxon system. ” He also urged the members of the Commission to “identify concrete cooperation actions, in the form of a precise roadmap with clearly defined objectives, which we could evaluate periodically.”
The participants in the work of the Moroccan-British Commission for Higher Education, after presenting the higher education systems in the two countries, examined, through thematic workshops, the potentials offered by bilateral cooperation, in particular, those relating to student mobility and transnational education, pedagogical development, governance and quality, and research and innovation. They agreed to establish a joint roadmap to materialize, as soon as possible, the main recommendations arising from the work of this Commission.
It should be noted that cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom is governed by a cultural agreement, signed in Rabat on October 27, 1980, and by a Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation, sealed in Rabat, on September 17, 2019, during the Kingdom of Morocco – United Kingdom Strategic Dialogue.
It should be noted that there are around twenty interuniversity agreements established between the two countries and that more than 700 Moroccan students are pursuing their higher studies in the prestigious Universities of the United Kingdom. It should also be noted that Rabat and Casablanca respectively hosted, on January 15 and 17, the Salon des Etudes Supérieures in the United Kingdom, in its 6th edition, and in which 23 British universities took part to share with Moroccan students the education system in the UK.