The 43 states of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) plan to set up an international centre for higher education and research, the Euro-Mediterranean University of Morocco, with a focus on Euro-Mediterranean issues and priorities.
Meanwhile, Morocco’s government has announced reforms, including an end to free higher education.
The plan to establish Euromed-UM, which will fall under Morocco’s Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Staff Training, was outlined in an 11 July report of the European Union Neighbourhood Info Centre.
Based in Fes, Euromed-UM will be inaugurated in 2014 and its structure will be finalised in 2021.
On completion of all education and research programmes, the university will accommodate around 3,000 students from across the Euro-Mediterranean region comprising the 27 member states of the EU and 16 African and Middle Eastern countries in the Mediterranean basin.
Euromed-UM will focus on programmes dealing with Mediterranean history, cultural heritage and civilisations, political and economic sciences and law, and solar energy and fields in materials engineering.
It is the second university to be established by UfM, after it set up the Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) in Slovenia. EMUNI was established as an international network of universities – 179 members from 38 countries – to improve higher education quality through the implementation of postgraduate programmes with a special focus on cultural diversity.
Hilmi Salem, an international higher education consultant, told University World News that Euromed-UM could be an important partner in establishing an excellent educational culture in Morocco and the African and Middle Eastern countries in the Mediterranean basin, and could contribute to setting up the Euro-Mediterranean Higher Education, Science and Research Area.
Source: University World News