The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation presented on Tuesday at a press conference the new features of the 2022-2023 academic year, in particular the first reforms to be launched or initiated this year.
These reforms are based on the Plan to Accelerate the Transformation of the Higher Education, Research and Innovation Ecosystem (ESRI 2030 PACTE). If it is still not officially registered, the highest priority measures should start pending national meetings.
This plan will be translated through reform Law No. 01-00to be held in the coming months. According to the Minister of Higher Education, it is currently undergoing finishing touches before being presented to interested parties.
Strengthening linguistic and digital skills
Strengthening language skills, especially English, is one of the important components of the new reform. Miraui said that more than 12,500 students will take at least one module in English this academic year.
In September of this year, more Passed 12,000 language tests at the level of various universities.. This type of test will become mandatory in order to assess the level of the student when entering the university and thus adapt his study program to his level.
This is done with the aim of making language certification mandatory, depending on the course, for graduation. New graduates must reach level B1 in English and B2 in language of instructionsaid Abdellatif Mirawi.
Several dedicated and established digital platforms are currently in the experimental phase. at three universities. The goal is to choose one, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to make the same decision to ensure consistency and smoothness in the transition between different cycles.
Ministry supports language teaching mixed education systemconsisting of 30% personal and 70% through digital channels.
The same goes for digital skills. The ministry wants to expand certification across a number of programs, including Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle and Huawei. The goal was to reach 100,000 certified students by 2026.
As with languages, e-learning platforms will be used to enable blended learning. The ministry is also planning to build several coding school called “Code 212” which will be freely available to students by adopting a peer-to-peer pedagogy.
A new status of teachers-researchers is introduced
This was stated by Abdellatif Mirawi. new teacher-researcher status will be revealed in the coming days. Meetings are scheduled with trade unions to finalize the drafts.
The Ministry of Higher Education plans to hire about 2,350 people this year, including 1,300 positions for administrative and educational management, in line with the 2023 finance bill.
Among these budget items 750 are intended for teaching pedagogical sciencesbut also in medicine. This is done in accordance with agreements signed with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of National Education.
This number is in addition to the 800 budget lines allocated for the recruitment of research teachers. New this year is the abolition of job conversion, i.e.no more positions reserved exclusively for civil servants.
Otherwise, national digital recruitment platform will be created soon. According to Abdellatif Mirawi, this will become mandatory for all public higher education institutions in order to promote the construction of a recruitment system based on merit and transparency.
Multiplication of industry partnerships
The ministry plans to achieve the ESRI 2030 PACT goals through industry partnership agreements, such as agreements signed with the Ministries of Justice, Education and Health.
These partnerships have resulted this year in an increase in admission opportunities, in particular to support sectors that are in high demand due to the reforms, such as education and health.
So, in pedagogical sciences, a capacity of 20,000 places is planned for this year, in 100% increase compared to the previous year. By 2026, this number will increase to 100,000 people.
Abdellatif Mirawi also announced that he wants double the number of trained doctors by 2026. According to him, a 20% increase has been launched this year.
Partnerships will also follow for all economic and industrial sectors, as agreed with the automotive and aviation sectors to train and employ 100,000 new profiles.
The overhaul of information systems will allow each student to access a large number of services from the application for a smartphone. A new orientation system is also planned with the creation of a special platform.
The Ministry also intends to initiate digitalization of all sectors. The law faculties that have a large number of students and therefore need them the most will give a start.
These e-learning platforms will enhance digital and language skills and lifelong learning for citizens. “The new university will be a university that people often return to during their working lives,” Miraui said.
Several experimental stages are planned for the beginning of the academic year. A platform for digital capacity building has been developed, consisting of a set of modules that include almost 100 online courses in various specialties.
At the same time, the ministry is working on developing an application Massar Souplike Massar for basic education to ensure convergence between different learning cycles.
Improving the research and innovation ecosystem
On the other hand, Abdellatif Mirawi promises a new generation of doctoral students, strive for excellence in scientific research. The first steps will start from this start of the academic year with increased mobility of doctoral students and the establishment of compulsory TOEIC and DALF certificates in addition to other digital skills related certificates.
The Minister also plans to strengthen cities of innovation. There are currently five in Morocco. Two more are planned this year. In the long term, the challenge is for each region to have its own city of innovation.
This year will create three national research institutes. They will bring together all nationally recognized scientists. The rest are planned for the next years. These research institutes will be equipped with the necessary research facilities, Mirawi promises. These are also organizations that will be able to welcome the doctors involved in their research.
Budget 600 lei was planned as part of the national program research projectsin addition to 50 lei who will be mobilized within the framework of international cooperation programs.
Gateways and Grandes Ecoles
The ministry is also developing new gateways that will allow students from open access institutions to access Grandes Ecoles courses after the first two years of their bachelor’s degree. Type second chance for these students.
In this context, new Grandes Ecoles will be created, in particular for courses that do not have them, such as law and humanities. Admission to these schools should only take place after two years of licensing. Intersectoral gateways will also be installed.
– partnership with Anapek will be strengthened to create an increasing number of employment centers at the university level to promote professional integration and closer links to the labor market.
– Changes to procedures will be made in the coming daysassignment of diploma equivalents, which are currently very slow. This includes digitizing the procedure and with the latest diplomainstead of the entire university course.
– Para-university activities will be strengthened, summary of multiple events such as Innovation Week, Science Week and Hackathons.
– Program 1000 national mobility in favor of students will apply this year.