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PRESS RELEASE : 5th UK-Morocco Higher Education Commission [May 2023]

The press release issued by the Foreign Office on 15 May 2023.

The UK and Morocco held the 5th UK-Morocco Higher Education Commission on 10 May.

On 10 May 2023 Lord (Tariq) Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, the UN, and the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Dr Abdellatif Miraoui, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, and Innovation, presided over the 5th meeting of the UK-Morocco Higher Education Commission at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London.

The meeting followed the previous day’s 4th UK-Morocco Strategic Dialogue in Rabat, co-chaired by Lord Ahmad and Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates. The Dialogue – covering culture, education, political, economic and security issues – further demonstrated the strength and depth of the bilateral relationship.

The meeting brought together representatives from the Moroccan government, the British Council, the UK’s Department for Business and Trade, the UK Quality Assurance Agency, Universities UK International, Morocco’s National Agency for Evaluation and Quality Assurance (ANEAQ), as well as several UK and Moroccan universities. The meeting served to advance higher education collaboration between Morocco and the UK, in particular English learning and assessment, transnational education and scientific research.

The meeting saw a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the British Council in Morocco and Morocco’s Ministry of Higher Education. The agreement aims to increase the uptake of English language assessment in Moroccan public universities, paving the way for future partnerships with other UK institutions in the field of student assessments.

The meeting also discussed bilateral successes including the institutional partnership between Keele University and the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education, collaboration on quality of higher education offerings, and climate research partnerships between University College London and University Ibn Tofail of Kenitra.

Established in 2019, the Higher Education Commission meets annually, as well as through quarterly sub-groups, to foster stronger ties in higher education, scientific research, quality assurance, and transnational education.