By Larbi Arbaoui and Loubna Flah
By Larbi Arbaoui and Loubna Flah
Taroudant, October 18, 2012
Overlooking the rugged Atlas Mountains, the Polydisciplinar Faculty of Taroudant has cast its magical quaint spell on the editors of the New Yorker Magazine Travel +Leisure.
In its survey of the most beautiful universities in the world, the newly built Moroccan faculty was selected among the most beautifully designed universities in the world.
Surrounded by ancient ramparts archetypal of the Moroccan South, the newly built university ranks 9th amid 17 international universities in the world, in a survey published by the American Magazine Travel + Leisure in its September Issue of the current year.
“It is quite normal that the School, established at the foot of the majestic Atlas Mountains like a jewel in a green ocean, is a source of pride for the education system in the south of the Kingdom” Omar Halli, the president of University of Ibn Zohr, told MAP.
Built in 2010, Taroudant Poly-disciplinary School was created with the aim of contributing to the development of the Souss-Massa-Draa Region by higher education, research and development open to the social and economic environment of the region, and reducing the social problems (transport, accommodation and meals) for graduates of the provinces of Taroudant and Tata.
The courses offered by the (FPT) prepare students in various disciplines including Science and Engineering, Economics and Management in addition to arts and Social Sciences.
The Poly-disciplinary school is open to baccalaureate holders with priority for students from Taroudant and Tata. It receives also students from the provinces of Ouarzazate and Zagora for disciplines that are not available in the poly-disciplinary School of Ouarzazate.
With only approximately thirty teacher-researchers and fourteen administrative and technical staff, the school (FPT) experienced, in two years, a very dynamic cultural and associative life marked by the holding of many scientific and cultural events.
In the sixteenth century the Saadians, used Taroudant as a capital, before they moved onwards to Marrakech.
Travel + Leisure concocted a list of the most distinguished campuses worldwide in terms of avant-garde architecture, historically relevant design and harmony with the environment.
The American magazine looks for atypical design shunning away from the traditional vision of campuses with large grassy fields and cobblestoned paths wind.
Aarhus University in Denmark ranks first with its 30-acre campus renowned by the discrepancy in the size and height of its buildings. Some are low-rise and square; others have pitched roofs and soaring glass windows.
Other universities were praised by the American Magazine for their original architecture namely Coimbra University in Portugal, McGill University in Canada and Peking University in China famous for its traditional Chinese architecture exemplified by its West Gate entryway displaying two stone lions.
Another university from the Arab World deserved its place in Travel +Leisure selection. Qatar Foundation’s Education City in Doha is a showcase of works by today’s architecture icons like Mexico City–based architect Legoretta and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The Polydisiplinar Faculty of Taroudant opened its doors to new students in 2010. The faculty building is an amalgam between Southern traditional architecture and futuristic design.
Its structures feature Ryad gardens connected by polished cement walkways. The faculty is framed by grass and Argan trees, a special variety of trees endemic to Southwest Morocco and the Western Mediterranean region.