Rabat – China is bent on establishing relations in Morocco. Having initiated more than 80 businesses in the Kingdom, China is now opening up its higher education system to Moroccan students.
The announcement was made at the “China Higher Education Exhibition” on Thursday, May 11 at Mohammed V University in Rabat. Organized for the first time in Morocco, the exhibition aims to showcase Chinese higher-education institutions, informing Moroccan students about opportunities to study in China.
The exhibition highlighted 22 renowned universities from around the country, specialized in the fields of transport, foreign languages, finance, industry, geology, science, aeronautics and other fields of study.
Chinese Ambassador to Morocco Sun Shuzhong explained at the event that educational cooperation is an important element of the partnership between the two countries, which has already seen great progress through reciprocal academic exchanges.
As educational and economic ties between the two countries grow on a regular basis, educational cooperation is also expected be very promising, added the ambassador.
With the inauguration of a new Confucius Institute in Tangiers last March, Morocco became the first Arab country with three of the Chinese state-affiliated educational organizations.
This exhibition is set to be transferred to the University of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences Hassan II of Casablanca on Friday and Saturday.
China has a strong educational system. To date, the republic is home to 2,800 higher education institutions and 36 million students. It devoted USD 563 billion to its educational sector in 2016, which accounted for more than 4 percent of the country’s GDP for the fourth consecutive year.