Moroccan Universities: Big absentees from the Shanghai ranking

The Chinese Jiao Tong University has just released the 2022 edition of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), which evaluates the commitment of higher education institutions in their research activities. However, no Moroccan university appears on the list of the 1,000 best universities in the world. This news makes us think again about the “alarming” situation of the Moroccan higher education system. The latter continues to be criticized despite the efforts of the tutelage, which seeks to accelerate the pace to reach the decisive turning point of quality education and that it places at the top of the priorities.

Indeed, American universities have once again dominated the ranking. Harvard remains in first place for the 20th consecutive year, followed by Stanford (2nd) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3rd). Next in line are the University of Cambridge, the University of California (Berkeley), Princeton, Oxford and Columbia. California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago complete the top 10.

At the MENA level, no university is present in the top 50. At the European level, the first non-Anglosaxon institution in the ranking remains French. It is the University of Paris-Saclay (16th), which has dropped three places.

In 2021, four Moroccan universities were among the 500 best universities in the world in the Shanghai ranking in the discipline of physics. Mohammed I University of Oujda was placed in the top 300 of this prestigious ranking, ahead of Mohammed V University of Rabat, Hassan II University of Casablanca and Cady Ayyad University of Marrakech, which were positioned in the top 400. Moroccan universities were thus among the 9 best institutions in the Arab world and the top 10 in Africa. 

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