President’s Note

Mohammed V University-Agdal  has, over the years, served as the beacon of Moroccan higher education, training Moroccan scientists, engineers, diplomats and government officials since independence. To preserve this leadership position and to continue to provide high quality education to future generations, I would like to present some principles that must, in my opinion, determine our actions in the next few years. The first of these is the necessity to advance the different priorities of the current educational reform process, in order to reinforce quality and excellence in our academic programs and to meet the needs of our nation’s human and economic development. We have made significant progress in modernizing our curricula in the different modules and tracks as well as in the professionalization of new specialty tracks at the Bachelor and Master levels. Additionally, we have put in place the necessary bodies to supervise training at the doctoral level.

Along the same lines, we should now act to advance three complementary objectives, starting with pedagogical questions that determine the quality of education. We must provide the support and orientation necessary to permit students to attain their full potential, encouraging scientific curiosity and active participation in the learning process. The challenge is to develop effective strategies to reach this objective in a period during which the university will face increasing numbers of new students each year. I am certain that together we will put in place the necessary mechanisms to ensure that the students of Mohammed V University-Agdal , graduates of all specialty tracks, remain in demand on the employment market thanks to the independence and creative spirit developed during their studies.

The second set of objectives concerns scientific research. It is necessary to place our university, with its rich research tradition, in a position to contribute to socio-economic development through its research findings and expertise. This may be accomplished by wider cooperation with public agencies and private enterprise as well as through continuing education programs for the personnel of productive and service sectors in Morocco, complemented when necessary by outside contributors. We will also work to generalize, in the regular curriculum, training opportunities for our students in private enterprise and in public agencies. These measures will favor a climate of confidence between the university and its environment through mutually beneficial programs, and will improve employment opportunities for our graduates.

Our third objective is the continued modernization of our administrative services through continuous training and the provision of the necessary tools and skills to guarantee an effective management of the university, based on good governance practices adapted to the needs of the reform process. I would like to insist today that together we shall work towards transparent administrative procedures, open doors, and attention to the needs of all constituencies. All responsible, constructive discussion will be welcome. In this manner we shall set the foundations for a unified, complementary university whose human and material potential is at the disposal of all of its students. Consolidated research laboratories and multidisciplinary curricula will no doubt increase the university’s visibility and its competitiveness.

The objectives I submit for discussion today are placed within the framework of the National Education Charter and the priorities of the Emergency Program for Education, especially those concerning human development and sustainable development. In attaining these objectives our university will have contributed to the construction of a brighter future for Morocco, training tomorrow’s leaders today.

Wail Benjelloun