A delegation from Mississippi State University met Morocco’s minister of culture and International University of Rabat officials.
Rabat – A delegation from Mississippi State University (MSU) recently came to Morocco to develop relations with the International University of Rabat (UIR).
The MSU delegation, representing the Office of the Provost, the political science and public administration department, and the anthropology and Middle Eastern cultures department, met Morocco’s Minister of Culture and Communication Mohamed Laaraj and officials of the UIR to explore academic partnerships.
MSU and UIR are developing a study abroad program in which students spend a month working on digs, cultural integration, and language immersion, according to Peter Ryan, MSU’s associate provost.
MSU’s Associate Vice-President of International Programs Julie Jordan said, “We are especially excited to expand the academic collaboration to include archeology, anthropology, and Middle Eastern cultures with Morocco’s UIR and Archeology and Heritage National Institute (INSAP).”
“Morocco’s rich history and culture makes it an exceptional place for our students to explore some of the oldest civilizations in the world,” added Jordan. The 2017 archaeological discovery of 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens remains gave a new impetus to archeology in Morocco.
MSU and UIR launched a program in 2015 that allows Moroccan students to study in MSU to obtain a UIR engineering degree and a MSU master’s degree.