The partnership aims to accelerate the graduates’ careers by connecting them with companies and partners for better integration into the job market.
Rabat – The Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) has signed a partnership agreement with the digital platform “Morocco-Alumni,” to bring foreign students and graduates together in an interactive space as a networking opportunity in Morocco.
The president of MASEN, Mustapha Bakkoury, and the ambassador director-general of the Moroccan Agency of International Cooperation (AMCI), Mohamed Methqal, signed the agreement at the eighth African Students and Youth Summit on Sunday, December 22, in Rabat.
Developed by MASEN in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs the digital platform “Morocco-Alumni.ma” aims to improve student networking among the 14,000 foreign students currently enrolled in Moroccan universities, including 12,000 from 47 African countries, and 35,000 foreign graduates.
Developers hope the platform will accelerate the careers of all graduates by connecting them with companies and partners for better integration into the job market, facilitating communication with foreign students in the kingdom, and contributing to their skills by providing rich and useful digital content.
Enhancing communication with foreign students would meet an apparent need. A Ghanaian student in Morocco named Emmanuel told Morocco World News last month that there are challenges with communication to foreign students.
“There’s no transparency,” he said. “Only some people get the information and a foreign student might miss that information because [the professor] may distribute the information in Arabic or maybe may not even distribute it.”
Emmanuel explained that foreign students, especially Anglophones, can face additional challenges with the language of instruction. While courses in Morocco are mainly taught in French, some professors switch to Arabic during their lectures, leaving Anglophones and Francophones at a loss.
A tool for African cooperation
In a press statement, Bakkoury stressed the importance of the platform in the institutionalization of the Moroccan-African partnership in the framework of South-South cooperation.
Meanwhile, Methqal said that the agreement will allow foreign students graduating from Moroccan universities to use the interactive space and skilled Moroccans residing abroad can also communicate with different partners through the platform.
Methqal added that through the platform, foreign students and graduates can get training and seek employment opportunities in Morocco, the rest of Africa, and the world.
The Morocco-Alumni platform will soon be open to foreign students and graduates of private higher education institutes in Morocco, as well as to all skilled Moroccans residing abroad and to all actors wishing to actively participate in the development of Africa.
Meeting under the theme “The future of Africa: Challenges and prospects for young people,” from December 20 to 23 by the All Africa Students Union and the AMCI, the eighth African Students and Youth Summit brought together more than 1,000 participants, including students, heads of African student associations, university graduates, executives and senior officials, including several ministers and ambassadors from 52 African countries.