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Morocco Week in Review 
November 6 2021

Virtual Magazine of Morocco on the Web

New Finnish-American School to Open in Rabat in 2022

The school will be combining Finnish and US education systems in the world in order to offer the highest quality education experience for students.

Nisrine Jaouadi, Nov. 5th, 2021 Rabat

The Education Development Company (EDC) announced the opening, in August 2022, of the “Dar Essalam American School” in Rabat. According to a press release by the EDC, the school will welcome students from kindergarten to 12th grade, and will combine “two of the best education systems recognized in the world,” the Finnish system and the American curriculum. “The "Dar Essalam American School" values ​​a "unique and innovative pedagogical approach,” said the press release. By incorporating the Finnish and American systems into the Moroccan environment with its distinct culture and values, the EDC hopes to create learning conditions which are favorable for an inclusive academic environment. English will be the main language for learning at “Dar Essalam American School”. However, classes will also include Arabic and French language courses, according to the same source. The new establishment is a collaboration with prestigious education organizations such as International Schools Services (ISS) of Princeton, New Jersey and Lumo Education of Finland ……

Iconic American Actress Susan Sarandon Likes Morocco's Fez The Most

The actress said that she especially liked Fez for being less touristy.

Safaa Kasraoui, Nov. 02nd, 2021 Rabat

American actress Susan Sarandon expressed her love for Morocco’s diversity and culture in a recent interview with the National News. “Morocco is quite amazing, it’s a very different culture and it’s a really easy trip from New York. I mean it is the same as going to California,” she said. The actress especially reminisced about her trips to Marrakech and Fez. “I’ve been to Marrakech, of course, because there’s a festival that I did,” she said, referencing the Marrakech International Film Festival. But the American actress said she liked the spiritual city of Fez “even more” for its less touristy and more personal vibe. 
“It’s a little bit more user-friendly, it’s smaller, but it has the same kind of interesting personality and is just not quite as huge and busy and touristy,” she said…

Mobilizing for Rights Associates (MRA)  are excited to invite you to take our online Quiz on "Myth or Fact? Sexual violence against women in Morocco.” This quiz is just one of MRA’s diverse mobilization and advocacy tools to launch MRA’s  month-long #Protectionnotpunishment campaign on sexual violence in preparation for the #16days days of activism against violence against women.

The Quiz aims to educate public actors, the media, and general public on the realities of sexual violence against women in Morocco in order to promote evidence-based laws, policies and practices.

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UK-Moroccan Joint Venture to Open Cyber Security Center in Morocco

The center will further enhance technology and cyber security programs in Morocco.

Oumaima Latrech, Nov. 4th, 2021 Rabat

Moroccan holding Marita Group and UK-based company Templar Executives announced the opening of Maritemex, a new international joint-venture to establish a ‘Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Africa’ alongside the Moroccan government. According to a Templar Executives press release, the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties will take place in November. The official date has yet to be revealed. The Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Africa will be established near Rabat, and will provide a range of cyber security courses including an MSc degree and a world-class MBA program.
The courses and training materials will be provisioned from Templar Executives' cyber academy, which is supported by a prestigious UK-based university……

Science Week: UM6P Celebrates Scientific Discoveries of Arab Scholars

The Science Week aims to promote scientific research among Moroccan youth while highlighting the importance and continued relevance of significant influence of Arab-Islamic scientific achievements.

Oumaima Latrech Nov. 03rd, 2021 Rabat

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) of Benguerir is hosting the 2021 Science Week from November 1 to 5 to draw attention to the greatest scientific contributions and advances from the Arab World. President of UM6P Hicham El Habti inaugurated the first colloquium of the Science Week on November 3,  expressing his gratitude to experts and partners for their contribution to and participation in promoting science in Morocco. He explained that the event, themed “When science spoke Arabic,”  is an opportunity to highlight the scientific advances and to explore the limits science can reach through the continuous discoveries occurring across the globe. In his speech, El Habti noted that the African population is expecting science to transform their lives positively and to bring solutions to solve several of the most pressing issues……

UM6P Science Week: Ahmed Abbadi Discusses Science in Modern Society

UM6P’s 2021 “Science Week” includes a series of academic conferences covering various science topics, held in-person and live streamed on the university’s social media platforms to reach students and professionals across the country.

Nisrine Jaouadi, Nov. 4th, 2021 Rabat

Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) of Benguerir hosted, on November 4, a colloquium dedicated to the topic “Thinking and Practicing Sciences Today”, as part of the university’s 2021 “Science Week,” taking place from November 1 to 5. The guest speaker of the seminar was Ahmed Abbadi, PhD graduate  in Islamic studies from Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech. He was appointed director of the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs in 2004, and now specializes in the teaching of comparative history of religions and Islamic thought. “Any impactful act in this dimension of existence requires two conditions: vision and application. This is what gives birth to applied visionaries, which are what allow us to guide our thinking towards a given destination,” said Abbadi to begin his speech. In order to illustrate his ideas, Abbadi quoted the famous Islamic scholar Mohammed al-Ghazali’s book “On Legal Theory of Muslim Jurisprudence”, where he explains the four levels of existence of any object, being or idea in this world: its truth in itself, ……

UM6P, FII sign Agreement to Collaborate on AI, Robotics, Sustainability

The newly signed agreement aims to enhance scientific and academic cooperation between Morocco’s UM6P and Saudi Arabia’s FII.

Oumaima Latrech, Nov. 01st, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) announced a new partnership with the Future Investment Initiative (FII) as a knowledge partner to collaborate on Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, education, healthcare, and sustainability. The partnership was unveiled on the second day of the 5th anniversary of the FII, which took place between October 26 to 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. FII Institute is a global nonprofit foundation in Saudi Arabia with an investment arm and one agenda themed “Impact on Humanity.” FII is built based on environmental, social and Governance (ESG) principles and aims to turn ideas into real-world solutions through empowering intellectuals and world leaders and identifying technological solutions to the most pressing issues facing humanity. 
UM6P joins two world-class universities through the collaborative program, namely Stanford University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)……

Moroccan Scientist Kamal Oudghiri Contributes to New Jupiter Atmosphere Discovery

Oudghiri is among NASA missions trying to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.

Safaa Kasraoui Nov 4th, 2021 Rabat

Moroccan scientist Kamal Oudghiri is part of the NASA team that uncovered startling new findings relating to Jupiter’s atmosphere. On October 28, NASA published a piece to announce new findings from the Juno probe orbiting Jupiter. The space agency emphasized that the findings provide a “fuller picture of how the planet’s distinctive and colorful atmospheric features offer clues about the unseen processes below its clouds.” NASA  said that the outcome of research and exploration shed light on the “inner workings of the belts and zones of clouds encircling Jupiter, as well as its polar cyclones and even the great Red Spot;” NASA also emphasized that scientists and observers published multiple findings and research papers on atmospheric discoveries.
Morocco's state media agency reported that Oudghiri is part of the NASA team that contributed to the new discovery……

Morocco’s Unemployment Rate Remains Higher Than Pre-COVID Levels

Morocco’s High Commission for Planning announces that the country’s unemployment figures have still not returned to pre-pandemic levels, unemployment Morocco 2021.

Jihane Rahhou, Nov. 04th, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s unemployment rate went up by 0.5% in the second quarter of 2021, increasing from 12.3% recorded in the first quarter of 2021, according to the latest data presented by the country's High Commission for Planning (HCP). The national unemployment rate currently stands at 12.8%, with unemployment rates especially high in rural areas among youth aged 15 to 24, degree holders, and women, HCP explained.  In rural areas, unemployment rates jumped from 15.6% to 18.2% in the second quarter of 2021, with an increase of over 220.000  in the number of unemployed people. While the overall national rate of unemployment saw an increase in the second quarter of 2021, it decreased from 7.2% to 4.8%, in urban areas with the number of unemployed diminishing by 100.000 thousand people…

Study Reveals 69.4% of Moroccan Graduates are employed

The study revealed a relatively higher rate of unemployment among women, with 20.9% compared to 12.3% for men.

Oumaima Latrech, Oct. 28th, 2021 Rabat

The National Evaluation Body of the Higher Council for Education, Training and Scientific Research (INE-CSEFRS) published a report which examines the professional career of Moroccan university graduates four years after their graduation. The study focused on 9,899 students from various universities across the country, from the 2014 graduating class. The information obtained from the students pertains to the difficulties encountered since graduation such as employment, unemployment, and pursuit of academic studies. According to the results, more than two-thirds (69.4%) of higher education graduates are employed whereas 13.3% are actively looking for a job. Meanwhile, 9.4% of students decided to pursue higher education while 7.9% are inactive in any educational or training program. The survey also revealed that 82.1% of male graduates obtained their first jobs within the observation period following their graduation in 2014, compared to 66.7% of female graduates. The study reveals a 15.4% gap in securing a first employment opportunity between both genders…

Morocco to Allocate $331 Million to Support Employment, Entrepreneurship

As unemployment spiked this year due to the ongoing effects of the health crisis, Morocco aims to boost employment opportunities and relaunch its economy.

Oumaima Latrech Nov. 02nd, 2021 Rabat

Morocco’s 2022 finance bill will allocate over MAD 3 billion ($331 million) to support employment and entrepreneurship initiatives. In a recent meeting between the Minister of Economic Inclusion Younes Sekkouri, and the Wali of the Souss-Massa region, governor of the Prefecture of Agadir-Ida, Outanane Ahmed Hajji, the Minister underlined that the government has allocated significant resources aimed at the employment of youth, and the promotion of the creation of enterprises.
The Minister explained that the purpose of his visit to the Souss-Massa region is to enhance regional and local initiatives, particularly in entrepreneurship and employment. “These initiatives encouraging employment and entrepreneurship will be implemented in coordination with the various stakeholders,” he noted.
Sekkouri also highlighted the various job opportunities available across various sectors in the region. He emphasized that priority will be given to people affected by the COVID-19 crisis, especially the youth…

Moroccan, Italian Companies Sign Strategic Wind Project Partnership

The companies will work to transport and install components for wind turbines around Morocco.

Shaquile Goff, Nov. 03th, 2021 Denver

A partnership agreement reached between a Moroccan and Italian company will facilitate the installation of wind projects throughout the country, the two companies announced today in a joint statement.  Moroccan-based logistics company Somalev Cranes & Logistics reached an agreement with Italian-based Paradiso Fratelli SRL, a company that focuses on wind turbine installation. Together, the two companies have formed the multinational conglomerate PSA Wind Services.  The conglomerate has already accepted contracts for the installation of wind farms throughout Morocco, according to the statement. Currently, the company is focused on the installation of a 150-megawatt project in Taza, in collaboration with an international consortium. The partnership is also looking to expand its work to other countries in the MENA region……

Marrakech’s Atlas Workshops Reveal Online Selection for 2021 Event

The Atlas Workshops at the Marrakech International Film Festival announced the line-up for its fourth annual event taking place from November 22 to 25.

Hanna Chaudhry Nov. 02nd, 2021 Rabat

In line with ongoing efforts to control COVID-19 cases in Morocco, this year's Marrakech International Film Festival's Atlas Workshops will be held online for the second year.  The annual meeting will be held from November 22 to 25 online, and it will feature 15 development projects and nine production or post-production projects by Arab and African filmmakers, selected from 250 submissions. The Moroccan Cinema Centre and Netflix are once again partners for this year's event. 
Moroccan filmmaker Laila Marrakchi is currently working on La Mas Dulce, a story that revolves around four Moroccan women working as strawberry pickers in Spain who decide to speak out against their deplorable working and living conditions. The film will be Marrakchi’s third work to premiere at a festival, after Cannes award-winning Marock and Rock The Casbah, which world premiered in Toronto in 2013. After working on such series as Marseille, The Bureau, and The Eddy for eight years, the Moroccan filmmaker is now returning to directing feature films. Lesothan self-taught filmmaker and visual artist, Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, who is well known for his film “This Is Not a Burial, It's A Resurrection,” is scheduled to present his new feature film, “The Chattering Of Teeth.”……

Morocco’s UEMF Rebukes Thesis Allegations of Former PhD Student

Jihane Said, Former PhD student at Euromed University of Fes, took to social media after claiming that the university ended her thesis “without a valid reason.”

Oumaima Latrech Oct. 29th, 2021 Rabat

Recent allegations against the Euromed University of Fes (UEMF) sparked controversy on social media platforms especially among PhD students, as former UEMF PhD student Jihane Said accused the university of abruptly ending her thesis without a valid reason. Former doctoral student Said, whose post went viral on Moroccan PhD Facebook groups, claimed that her thesis supervisor ended her thesis “without providing her with any valid reason.”  She explained in her social media post that she was later called by the university administration after summer holidays, only to be surprised by an official rejection letter. With two of her scientific articles accepted, and were in the process of being peer-reviewed and published, she said that 2 years of hard work went up in smoke, as she was “given no justification for the unfair decision.” ……

Morocco’s School Enrollment Rate for Disabled People Reaches 55%

OMEI aims to identify the persisting challenges in Morocco’s inclusive education to improve the living conditions of disabled persons.

Oumaima Latrech Oct. 28th, 2021 Rabat

The Moroccan Observatory of Inclusive Education (OMEI) announced on Wednesday that the schooling rate of children with disabilities has reached 55.1%, whereas that of people with disabilities who attained higher education hardly exceeded 1.8%. OMEI unveiled the statistics during a conference themed “Inclusive Education Project: Progress and Challenges,” highlighting that illiteracy rate among people with disabilities reached 66.1% in 2021. OMEI President, Ahmed Houat, stressed the need to identify the failing aspects of the educational system and the necessary mechanisms required to promote the rights of people with disabilities.  He notably emphasized that education and teaching are the backbone of inclusion, arguing that no children should be left behind or marginalized in the country’s stated youth empowerment ambitions……

UK Expresses Interest in Morocco for Transnational University Education

With waves of young Moroccans adopting the English language, the North African country is rapidly becoming a favorable environment for Transnational Education (TNE).

Nisrine Jaouadi Oct. 27th, 2021 Rabat

The creation of various UK TNE Education opportunities in Morocco is a major step in further strengthening the relations between the two countries, as well as elevating the Moroccan Higher Education system, according to the British Council in Morocco. “Fundamental changes are underway within the Higher Education system to meet the demands of newly emerging industries and to support Morocco’s growing reputation as a gateway between Europe and Africa,” said Tony Reily, the British Council’s Morocco Director. UK universities’ approach in education is becoming more and more open to diversifying across countries and regions and seizing international opportunities. Meanwhile, with Morocco’s youth  enthusiastically adopting the English language, the North African country is rapidly becoming an important international education market and a favorable environment for Transnational Education (TNE). TNE is education delivered in a country other than the country in which the awarding institution is based, with UK Higher Education TNE referring to UK degree programs delivered outside of the UK.
A total of 140 UK universities currently deliver their undergraduate and postgraduate programs overseas through a range of TNE partnerships. ……

Forbes’ Top Five Luxurious Attractions to Visit in Marrakech

Forbes Magazine celebrates the vibrancy of Marrakech by ranking the Moroccan city’s top five luxurious attractions.

Jihane Rahhou, Nov. 02nd, 2021

Famous for its unique architecture and luxurious hotels, Marrakech has much more to offer tourists, according to Forbes Magazine. Selman Marrakech, a lavish palace at the foot of the Atlas mountains which is famous for its Arabian thoroughbreds, comes on top of Forbes’ list of memorable places to visit while in Marrakech. The 50-room mansion is the perfect romantic getaway with a fairytale-grade oasis surrounded by palm and olive trees. Selman Marrakech is the perfect spot to experience the luxurious side of Morocco and indulge in the Arab-Moorish culture. The luxury resort also features a spa, offering Biontology-based detox treatment as well as traditional-based treatment.  The palace is acclaimed worldwide for its open-air Le Pavillon restaurant, serving a wide range of Moroccan traditional dishes. …

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