Training offer, academic supervision, parallel activities, measures to solve the problems of overcrowding, accommodation and food and ambitions for academic and scientific excellence, so many aspects that are addressed in this interview.
1. The academic year 2022-2023 has begun at the faculties and institutions of the University of Mohamed V in Rabat. What is new?
The academic year 2022-2023 begins with a return to almost normalcy. Almost 90,000 students are expected at Mohammed V University in Rabat for this start of the school year, including more than 30,000 new registrants. Everyone lined up (or joined) in the auditorium benches. They chose a privileged path that has its own specifics.
This year we offer a multidisciplinary, diversified and innovative offer with more than 280 courses, divided into 6 training centers: 42 in pedagogical sciences, 43 in humanities and social sciences, 68 in legal, economic and managerial sciences, 124 in technical sciences and engineering and 9 in biological and health sciences.
This offer has been strengthened by new courses covering different disciplines, such as the Bachelor’s Degree in Basic Studies of Law and Economics (FSJES Agdal), the DUT in the Management of Sports Professions (EST de Salé), the Professional Bachelor’s Degree in Cyber Security and Systems Engineering (Faculty of Science) and a specialized master’s degree in global navigation satellite systems (Faculty of Science).
We work hard to provide everyone with the best conditions for work, teaching, research and study. The challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lessons learned from this situation have allowed us to integrate innovative aspects of distance education.
The year 2022-2023 will be marked by major events and the implementation of major projects for the University of Mohamed V in Rabat.
2. What about the faculty? Does the university have enough staff to oversee the 90,000 students enrolled this year?
The number of students enrolled in our university institutions, especially those with open access, has skyrocketed in recent years.
It is obvious that the coming years will be marked by massive teacher retirements, which may have an impact on the level of teacher supervision. To solve this problem, the government tried to allocate budget items to universities.
Also, in recent years, the number of teachers’ requests to extend their activity beyond the retirement age has been constantly increasing, which makes it possible to maintain a certain level of academic supervision.
Other avenues are also used, in particular the involvement of doctoral students, assisted by pedagogues-researchers responsible for subjects and courses, especially tutorials, with training in pedagogy provided within our innovation centre.
Added to this is the use of professionals and experts from the socio-professional world in pedagogical activities, especially in professionalization courses (DUT, professional degrees, specialized masters, etc.).
3. Many students raise problems, including overcrowding, accommodation and food. How to calm them down?
At Muhammad V University, massification, present in basic courses in open access facilities, is a strength factor and not a negative, given the importance of human capital in the socio-economic development of our country, especially our young people.
However, several extension and development works have been carried out to overcome this problem. Amphitheatres are built in several facilities, especially at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, the Faculty of Letters and Humanities, and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. These amphitheatres have made it possible to increase our reception capacity and reduce crowding, especially in open access facilities. There were also new groups of lectures taking into account the possibilities of pedagogical supervision, while a system of reorientation was introduced, which will be strengthened in the future. A student sometimes finds himself stuck in the originally chosen course with no option to change course along the way. We will continue to provide free LMS learning platforms such as Moodle, EDX, Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams to our teacher-researchers and our students.
Regarding the issue of accommodation, the Mohammed V University in Rabat has established several accommodation structures to make life easier for students coming from other cities. There are four residences, namely the Faculty of Education Student Residence (FSE), the National School of Computer Science and System Analysis (ENSIAS) residence, the National School of Arts and Crafts (ENSAM) residence and the Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI) residence. In addition, there are accommodation options managed by ONOUSC, about which our students are informed through the social networks of our university.
In terms of dining, the facility’s snack bars offer meals and snacks that are specially priced to fit student budgets.
4. Do you plan to take any additional measures to ensure the smooth running of the academic year?
The smooth course of the university year is not limited to the smooth course of studies. Of course, we encourage our students to take their studies seriously, but we also want them to explore new horizons while leading a healthy and balanced student life.
Every year, we offer all our students a varied range of sports, cultural and social activities. These experiences allow them to meet new people, engage with the university community and gain the life balance essential to their success. We also offer specific integration activities for our new students. In addition, two major activities will take place at the beginning of this year:
● Back to School Caravan, which will be held throughout October. These are really welcome, registration and integration days for new students on a tour of 13 facilities.
● 2nd year of the sports integration trophy, which will take place in November.
In addition to these activities, our students can also participate in many activities organized in cooperation with our partners. For example, on the 17th, the university, in collaboration with the Horizon Vert association, organized a cleaning day at the Plage des Nations.
Finally, our students also have access to health services, the university has created a Medical-Social Center that brings together medical and social professionals who listen to students and offer free consultations, medical and social counseling and advice.
Our university is committed to mobilizing all its human and scientific potential to guide, support and provide its students with the best possible training and an excellent university experience.