Morocco / USA: Higher Education Partnership Program Launched in Marrakech

he Higher Education partnership- Morocco program was launched Monday in Marrakech at a ceremony held in the presence of minister delegate for Higher Education and Scientific Research, Driss Ouaouicha and the Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Rabat, David Greene.

The program, which is part of the implementation of the provisions of framework act No. 51-17 on the education, training and scientific research system, is the culmination of the strategic partnership between the ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

It is also an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the two countries to the development of this fruitful cooperation for the improvement of educational provision.

The said program also aims to promote the quality of teaching in the various cycles, to improve teachers’ training and develop their professional careers, and to provide young Moroccans with the necessary tools to facilitate their access to and integration into the labor market.

In this regard, the University of Arizona will work together with Moroccan universities and regional centres for education and training professions, in addition to a host of pedagogical experts, to develop a comprehensive program dedicated to the training of teachers in primary and secondary qualifying cycles and the revision of the pedagogical content of the bachelor’s degree in education.

Speaking on this occasion, Ouaouicha stressed that the five-year program will focus on teacher training, the development and promotion of scientific research and the improvement of the quality of education and learning.

For his part, Greene praised Morocco’s efforts to promote the education system, noting that the program celebrates the strong partnership between Morocco and the USA.

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