Rabat – The president of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation, Mohamed Methqal, announced that more than 23,000 students from sub-Saharan Africa have graduated from Moroccan universities in the last 20 years.
The official also stated that there are more than 12,000 sub-Saharan students enrolled at Moroccan universities this year, 2019-2020, from 47 different African countries.
The Moroccan official made his statement today, October 24, during a conference in Sochi, Russia, under the theme “Russia-Africa – Science, Education, Training, and Innovation for Economic Development.”
During his participation at the event, Methqal laid out Morocco’s efforts towards becoming a major education hub in Africa.
The official also expressed Morocco’s willingness to collaborate with Russia in development projects that benefit African countries and their economies. Methqal added that since King Mohammed VI visited Moscow, in March 2016, Morocco and Russia have developed a strategic partnership.
Finally, the official invited attendees at the conference to make the partnerships between Russia, Morocco, and other African countries operational, through concrete projects that serve the economic development of the continent.
Participants at the conference discussed ways for African countries to benefit from the Russian experience in education and training, and explored new methods of cooperation in the scientific field.
The attendees also discussed the means to achieve the African Union’s 2063 Agenda goals. The 2063 agenda aims to create a prosperous Africa, based on inclusive and sustainable development, through 20 major objectives. Among the objectives is the education of citizens and the development of sciences, technology, and innovation related skills.
The conference took place on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit, lasting from October 23 to October 24.
The symposium aims to create new partnerships between Russia and African countries. The Moroccan delegation at the event is led by the Moroccan head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, who is accompanied by the minister of energy and mines, Aziz Rebbah.