In a working meeting today, Morocco and Malaysia discussed future cooperative agreements to widen the scope of student/teacher exchange programs.
By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – Moroccan Secretary of State in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khalid Samadi at the education ministry, held a working meeting this morning in Rabat with Malaysian Chief Minister of Pulau Pinang Haji Zakiyuddin Bin Abdul Rahman.
The officials’ discussion revolved around widening the horizons of cooperation between Morocco and Malaysia to set up sub-committees and partnerships catering to student and teacher exchange programs and extensive language courses.
Abdul Rahman stated, “There are centers for Arabic language and Islamic studies in Malaysia but [they] are not as qualified. Therefore, we may need assistance from Morocco in this regard.”
He further stated, “We can help Master’s students from Morocco to pursue their studies in Malaysia, especially in areas such as finance, Islamic banking, etc. And we have a number of institutions that can offer them training courses.”
Omar Halli, the president of Morocco’s Ibn Zohr University, stressed that “Morocco concluded three partnerships in the past with Malaya, Putra, and Sarawak universities that cover a range of majors, from business and Managing, to Finance, to Islamic Studies.”
“We also receive university professors, especially those specializing in Islamic finance who have a high command of both English and Arabic. And we are interested in receiving more.”
He also suggested that the Malaysian ministry receive more Moroccans and offer them extensive English language courses.
Samadi noted that “Mohammed V University has relatively the highest number of Malaysian students in Morocco.”
The Moroccan panel highlighted how the relationship between the Moroccan and Malaysian governments has in recent years developed markedly in the area of higher education and scientific research based on an agreement in economics, science, and culture that was signed in Rabat in July 2001. The governments confirmed the agreement in a first meeting in Rabat on January 17, 2011.
Besides previous agreements, Morocco’s relationship with Malaysia has grown stronger thanks to the last memorandum of understanding on higher education and scientific research, signed at the last working meeting between a Malaysian secretary of state and Morocco in November 2018.
Samadi and Abdul Rahman held the meeting in company of a Malaysian government delegation, the Malaysian ambassador to Morocco, the secretary general of the Moroccan Department of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Moroccan university presidents and deans.