At a press conference this Tuesday, the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Research and Innovation presented the news of the academic year 2022-2023, especially the first reforms that will start or be initiated this year.
These reforms are based on the Plan to accelerate the transformation of the ecosystem of higher education, scientific research and innovation (ESRI 2030 PACTE). If it is still not officially recorded, the highest priority measures should be started before the national meetings.
This plan will be reflected in the reform of Act no. 01-00, which should take place in the coming months. According to the Minister of Higher Education, it is currently undergoing final adjustments before being shared with interested parties.
Strengthening language and digital skills
Strengthening language skills, especially English, is one of the important components of the new reform. Miraoui revealed that more than 12,500 students will take at least one module in English during this academic year.
This month of September, more than 12,000 language tests were conducted at the level of various universities. This type of test will become mandatory in order to assess the student’s level when entering the university and thus adapt his educational program to his level.
This is done in order to make language certification mandatory depending on the course in order to obtain a diploma. New graduates will absolutely need to achieve a level B1 in English and B2 in the language of instructionsaid Abdellatif Miraoui.
Several specialized and recognized digital platforms are currently in an experimental phase at three universities. The aim is to select one in coordination with the Ministry of Education that will adopt the same solution to ensure consistency and fluidity in the transition between the different cycles.
The Ministry prefers a mixed system of language teaching, consisting of 30% face-to-face and 70% through digital channels.
The same goes for digital skills. The Ministry wants to expand certification in several programs, including programs Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and Huawei. By 2026, the goal was set to reach 100,000 certified students.
As with languages, e-learning platforms will be used to provide blended learning. The ministry also plans to build several coding schools called “Code 212” that will be open to students and adopt a peer-to-peer learning pedagogy.
A new statute for teachers-researchers is being prepared
It was announced by Abdellatif Miraoui the new teacher-researcher status will be published in the next few days. Meetings are being planned with unions to fine-tune the curriculum.
The Department of Higher Education plans to hire nearly 2,350 people this year, including 1,300 administrative and educational management positions, under the 2023 Finance Bill.
These budget items include 750 are intended for training in the field of educational sciences, but also in medicine. This is in accordance with the agreements signed with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Education.
This number is supplemented by 800 budget items allocated for the recruitment of teacher-researchers. This year’s novelty is the cancellation of job transformation, i.eplaces will no longer be reserved exclusively for civil servants.
Otherwise, a national digital recruitment platform will be created soon. It will become a necessity for all public universities to facilitate the building of a recruitment system based on merit and transparency, said Abdellatif Miraoui.
Multiply sectoral partnerships
The Department plans to achieve the PACT ESRI 2030 goals through sectoral partnership agreements, such as those signed with the Departments of Justice, Education and Health.
These partnerships have led to the multiplication of reception capacities this year, especially to support sectors that express a great need due to the reforms carried out, such as education and health.
For pedagogical sciences, the capacity of 20,000 places is planned this year, which represents an increase of 100% compared to the previous year. This number will increase to 100,000 by 2026.
Abdellatif Miraoui has also announced that he wants to will double the number of trained doctors by 2026. This year started with a 20 percent increase, he says.
Partnerships for all economic and industrial sectors will follow, such as what was agreed with the automotive and aerospace sectors to train and employ 100,000 new profiles.
Digitization of the university
The redesign of information systems will allow access to every student a large number of services from a smartphone application. A new orientation system with the creation of a dedicated platform is also planned.
The Ministry also wants to initiate digitization of all sectors. Law faculties will start, which have a large number of students and therefore need them the most.
These e-learning platforms will make it possible to strengthen digital and language skills, as well as the lifelong education of citizens. “The new university will be a university that one returns to frequently during one’s working life,” Miraoui said.
Several experimental phases are planned for this beginning of the school year. A digital capacity building platform has been developed that includes a set of modules that include almost 100 online courses in various specializations.
At the same time, the Ministry is working on the development of the application Massar Supas Massar for basic education to ensure convergence between different teaching cycles.
Improving the research and innovation ecosystem
On the other hand, Abdellatif Miraoui promises a new generation of doctoral students, move towards excellence in scientific research. The first steps will start from the beginning of this academic year by strengthening the mobility of doctoral students and introducing the obligation of TOEIC and DALF certifications alongside other certifications related to digital skills.
The minister plans to strengthen the so-called cities of innovation. Morocco currently has five. Two more are planned for this year. The long-term goal is for each region to have its own city of innovation.
This year there will be a creation three national research institutes. They will meet all the nationally recognized researchers. More are planned for the following years. These research institutes will be equipped with the necessary means to carry out research, Miraoui promises. They are also organizations that will be able to welcome doctors in their research.
Budget in the amount 600 MDH was planned for the national program scientific research projectsIn addition to this 50 MDH which will be mobilized through international cooperation programs.
Gateways and Grandes Ecoles
The ministry is also proposing new gateways to allow students from open establishments to access Grandes Ecoles courses after the first two years of their bachelor’s degree. Kind of second chance for these students.
In this context, new Grandes Ecoles will be created, especially for sectors that do not have any, such as law and the humanities. Entry to these schools should only take place after two years of licensing. Intersectoral bridges will also be established.
– Partnership with the company Anapec will be strengthened to establish more and more employment centers at the university level in order to promote professional integration and closer links to the labor market.
– There will be a change in the awarding procedures in the coming days equivalence of diplomas, which are currently very slow. This is about digitizing the procedure and taking into account the last diploma instead of the entire university course.
– Para-university activities will be strengthened, while generalization of several events such as Innovation Week, Science Week and Hackathons.
– Program from 1,000 national mobility for the benefit of students will be applied this year.