Rabat - Comparing Moroccan universities with those in America and the UK is unfair, said Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Training.
Rabat – Comparing Moroccan universities with those in America and the UK is unfair, said Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Training.
The Ministry of Higher Education issued a statement on Friday, expressing its disappointment after not one Moroccan university was featured on the 2016 list of the world’s top 500 universities, compiled by Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Daoudi stated that the scientific research field in Morocco has progressed significantly in recent years, and he felt it would be more realistic to compare Moroccan universities with African and Arab universities.
Earlier this month, the minister highlighted a marked increase in the number of students graduating from university over the past five years, noting that between 2015 and 2016, the number of graduates reached 102,000, compared to 71,000 in 2012.
Last week, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy released its 14th annual ranking which ranks the achievements of internationally-accredited universities.
Harvard University was named as the world’s best university, followed by Stanford and UC Berkeley. British universities Cambridge and Oxford ranked fourth and seventh respectively.
King Abdulaziz University and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia were the only Arab universities to be included among the list of 500 universities, both tied for 101st place.
Edited by Anna Hill