UAE and Morocco open wide horizons for cooperation in higher education

The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in Rabat, Al-Asri Saeed Ahmed Al Dhaheri, said that the field of higher education was at the center of the interest, cooperation and constructive partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco, explaining, in an article he wrote, that the two parties want to develop academic relations, support cooperation and consider future projects, in a way that serves the Emirati and Moroccan education system towards harmony with the orientations and visions of the two countries.

Here is the text of the article:

The field of higher education, scientific research and innovation holds great importance in building qualified human capacities to positively impact the social, economic and environmental development pathways of nations. And without a doubt, the next step will be for the most knowledgeable and connoisseur of technological developments and artificial intelligence.

For this reason, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founder of the United Arab Emirates, paid particular attention to the development of the system of higher education and scientific research, believing in its essential role in building a future better for future generations.

Moreover, he has dedicated his efforts to establish a high, developed and harmonious education system which helps to showcase the Emirati national identity, and raises the levels of development of the country, which has earned him a prominent position. in the scientific field in the world, as he used to say: ” Educating people and cultivating them is in itself a great wealth of which we are proud. Science is wealth, and we are building the future on a scientific basis “.

The United Arab Emirates has sought to consolidate its vision in the field of higher education, scientific research, technology and innovation, in order to become the true engine of sustainable social and economic development. The government’s efforts are focused on promoting innovation based on leadership in science and technology to achieve national aspirations to meet global challenges, and strive to realize the UAE’s Centenary Vision 2071, given that investment in education, science and advanced technology enshrines moral values, and brings out minds open to the experiences of developed countries in accordance with best practices to achieve global and rapid leaps in the process of transformation wish.

And based on the fifty principles established by the United Arab Emirates, which are ten principles for the next fifty years, which constitute a reference for all state institutions to strengthen the pillars of the union, build a sustainable economy and mobilize all resources for a more prosperous society, the Ministry of Education has paid particular attention to the development of the sectors and organizational structures of the Ministry in accordance with the requirements of innovation and technology in the field of education (…).

The UAE higher education system is keen to encourage scientific research and innovation and facilitate access to them to serve societal goals in various fields. The country has been able to establish a distinguished and diversified educational system for higher education, scientific research and innovation. Universities in the UAE are considered one of the leading academic centers of education in the country, and have achieved prestigious positions in the International Academic Ranking of Universities published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Also, the QS system for international universities has also been keen to strengthen educational relations internationally in order to strengthen the state’s position in the field of higher education and scientific research, consolidating the channels of communication and joint cooperation to achieve the competitive indicators of the national vision in the fields of higher education, scientific research and innovation.

The richness of the higher education and scientific research system of the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco has been the subject of particular attention, given the unique accumulation it has made in the continuous development of the reform of this system. to meet the needs of the transition to a knowledge economy, the innovation of solutions and its openness to its national and international socio-economic environment.

From this point of view, the field of higher education has been the subject of interest, cooperation and a constructive partnership between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco. Both parties are keen to develop academic relations, support cooperation and consider future projects, in a way that serves the Emirati and Moroccan education systems towards harmony with the orientations and visions of the two countries.

Our two countries are keen to advance cooperative relations in the field of scientific research, exchange experiences and build bridges of fruitful partnership between them, including the exchange of professors, researchers and students between the universities of both parties.

In order to strengthen this cooperation, the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates and the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research of Morocco have signed a number of memoranda of understanding. agreement, concerning the promotion and consolidation of cooperation in areas related to the qualification of university education, scientific research and innovation, and to encourage higher education institutions to establish relations of exchange and supporting student mobility and encouraging joint research projects and cooperation between the two countries.

From this point of view, the interest has come to restructure the cultural ties abroad, and to change its name to the extensions of education and science of technology to participate in the achievement of the strategic objectives of the ministry which are in line with the orientations and aspirations of the State for the next fifty years, and also to achieve the goals of the UAE Centenary 2071 in the field of education to arrive at education in the country being the first in the world.

The annex in question carries out many tasks that are of interest to any student who wishes to study in the Kingdom of Morocco. At the forefront of these tasks and responsibilities are all matters relating to the enrollment of Emirati students in educational cycles (master’s – doctorate).

Moroccan and Emirati universities are the focus of attention for science and education students. The number of Emirati students graduating from Moroccan public universities under the annual academic quota between the two countries has reached over 300 graduates with higher degrees since 2009 to 2021-2022. On the other hand, more than 4,500 Moroccan students continue their studies in the universities of the United Arab Emirates, between international, private and continuing education.

In order to continue development in strengthening scientific exchange ties between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco, the headquarters of the Office of the Attaché of Education and Technology has been opened in Rabat to ensure the implementation of the agenda of the UAE Ministry of Education in the fields of education, as a strong coordination link between the two countries in this vital area, in order to serve the mission of Emirati students (…) .

The scientific and cultural exchange agreements between the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Morocco in the fields of science, education and innovation have also favored the benefit of the valuable experiences of Moroccan university executives to teach in the universities in the United Arab Emirates, which has paved the way for students in the country to obtain higher education opportunities with good standards. Today, we see the level of coordination and partnership that is developing day after day in the development of research projects on a wide range of themes between research centers, studies and laboratories of the two brotherly countries.

This because of its central role in supporting convergence and joint cooperation and in contributing to the advancement of scientific research and foresight in the Arab world, with its innovations and scientific creations bringing a glimmer of hope in light of the current crises weighing on our countries and limiting their path to development and prosperity.

Today, we have the right to be proud of the continuous efforts between the two brother countries, and of the enlightened awareness of the common destiny in the construction of generations armed with science and knowledge. This is achieved by deepening the existing cooperation in the field of student exchange and strengthening the partnership in the field of benefit of Moroccan educational executives.

We cannot fail to mention also the great efforts made by the higher education establishments of the Kingdom of Morocco to welcome Emirati students. On the other hand, the universities of the United Arab Emirates will always remain ready and open to strengthen mutual coordination in terms of granting scholarships in the light of the specializations required by the two countries.

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