The new school will reduce the high number of students at UMI’s Errachidia and will have a center to teach many languages other than English and French.
Rabat – The city of Meknes, 60 kilometers west of Fez, will have its own National School of Commerce and Management (ENCG), which will begin construction later this year.
In an interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), the president of Moulay Ismail University (UMI), Hassan Sahbi, announced the news. He added that the university will also open new faculties in El Hajeb, a town 30 kilometers south of Meknes, including a dentistry faculty, an institute of applied sciences, and a sports faculty.
The schools will have partnerships with German universities.
UMI, although based in Meknes, has many projects planned for the Draa-Tafilalet region of eastern Morocco, among them the construction of a faculty of law, economic, and social sciences and a faculty of arts and languages.
Through the new faculties, the Ministry of Higher Education hopes to reduce the high number of students studying at UMI’s Multidisciplinary Faculty of Errachidia in eastern Morocco. The faculty currently has around 18,000 students and expects to welcome 23,000 next year.
According to Sahbi, the university will also open several schools in the city of Erfoud near the Algerian border, including a Higher School of Technology, which will be specialized in tourism, “a local priority.” Located in the desert, Erfoud lies close to the Saharan sand dunes in Merzouga that attracts thousands of tourists each year.
The UMI president also announced the creation of a library, and center for languages in the university to teach students French, English, German, Spanish, or Korean “to meet the needs of scientific research and to qualify university students to better integrate into the labor market.”
Sahbi also pointed out that the University of Meknes aspires to benefit from skilled Moroccans living abroad, recalling the signing of an agreement with the Moroccan Association in Quebec (AMQ) to create dual programs in aviation between UMI and universities in Quebec City and Montreal.