Sub-Saharan Africans, the first foreign students in Morocco

The majority of foreign students enrolled in Morocco come from sub-Saharan Africa. Another sign of the strengthening of the Kingdom’s cooperation with its partners on the continent.

It was at the opening of the 2nd edition of the forum MD Sahara, held Saturday in Dakhla that the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui announced these figures. Out of a total of 23,411 foreign students enrolled in Morocco in 2021, 19,256 are from sub-Saharan Africa, or nearly 83%. A figure that speaks volumes about “the sustained increase in the overall number of African students in Moroccan universities and higher education institutions,” said the minister.

 According to the Minister, this enthusiasm of sub-Saharan students for Morocco is in fact a testimony to the Kingdom’s strong commitment to strengthening its cooperation links with its partners on the continent. “
The mobility programs for students and teachers-researchers are eloquent proof,” adds the official.

 Also according to Abdellatif Miraoui, partnerships between Moroccan universities and their African counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa have been further strengthened in the field of training of trainers, in addition to joint research and development projects covering priority sectors. Stressing the importance of adapting African university systems to global changes, the Minister called on universities to transform the current challenges into opportunities for growth and development for the continent. “This adaptation will allow the emergence of resilient profiles and adapted to the socio-economic context and will increase the rate of employability of graduates of universities and colleges, “said Miraoui.

 The 2023 edition of the MD Sahara, which ran until March 5, was devoted to Africa, the actions undertaken by the Kingdom for the continent and the achievements of Moroccan diplomacy. The event brought together experts, diplomats and decision makers from the private and public sectors from Morocco and other African countries. It was
an opportunity to share experiences and exchange views on a variety of topics including classical diplomacy, strengthening bilateral relations, security, food and energy diplomacy, co-development and South-South solidarity.

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