Training offer, academic supervision, co-curricular activities, measures to deal with crowding, accommodation and catering issues and ambitions for academic and scientific excellence, cover many aspects during this interview.
1. The 2022-2023 academic year has started in the faculties and institutions of the Mohammed V Rabat University. What’s new?
The 2022-2023 academic year begins with signs of a return to normality. Around 90,000 students, including more than 30,000 new ones, are expected to register for this start of the academic year at Mohammed V University in Rabat. All of them have joined (or will join) the lecture benches. They have chosen a privileged path with its own characteristics.
This year we present a multidisciplinary, versatile and innovative offer with more than 280 courses divided into 6 study centers: 42 educational sciences, 43 humanities and social sciences, 68 law, economics and management sciences, 124 technical sciences. and Engineering and 9 Life and Health Sciences.
This offer has been strengthened by new courses covering various disciplines, such as the BA in Fundamental Studies in Law and Economics (FSJES Agdal), the DUT in Sports Professions Management (EST de Salé), and the Professional BA in Cyber Security and Systems. in 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 possible working, teaching, research and learning environment. The challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic and the lessons learned from this situation have allowed us to integrate innovative aspects of distance learning.
The years 2022-2023 will be marked by major events and the implementation of major projects for Rabat V Mohammed University.
2. What about the faculty? Does the university have enough staff to handle the 90,000 students entering this year?
The number of students entering our university, especially in open-access institutions, has grown rapidly in recent years.
It is clear that the next few years will be marked by a mass retirement of teachers, which may affect the level of supervision of teachers. In order to solve this problem, efforts have been made by the state to allocate budget items to universities.
Also, in recent years, the number of requests by teachers to extend their activities beyond the retirement age has been steadily increasing, which allows maintaining a certain level of academic control.
Other methods are also used, in particular the involvement of doctoral students with teaching sessions on pedagogy within our innovation center by research teacher-researchers responsible for subjects and courses, especially teaching materials.
Added to this is the use of professionals and experts from the socio-professional world in educational activities, especially in professionalization courses (DUT, professional degrees, specialized masters, etc.).
3. Many students raise issues like crowding, accommodation and catering. How to reassure them?
Massification existing in fundamental courses at Muhammad V University, open access institutions, is not a negative, but a strength factor, considering the importance of human capital in the socio-economic development of our country, especially our youth.
However, a number of extensions and developments have been made to overcome this problem. Amphitheatres have been built in several institutions, notably the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy. These amphitheatres have allowed us to increase our reception capacity and reduce crowding, especially in open-access facilities. Taking into account the possibilities of teaching supervision, new lecture groups have been added, guidance system has been implemented and will be strengthened in the future. A student sometimes gets stuck in the course they originally chose, with no option to change course along the way. Also, we will continue to provide free LMS educational platforms such as Moodle, EDX, Google classroom, Microsoft teams to our teachers-researchers and students.
For the issue of accommodation, the Mohammed V University of Rabat has established a number of accommodation structures to facilitate the life of students from other cities. These are four residences, namely the student residence under the Faculty of Education Sciences (FSE), the National School of Computer Science and Systems Analysis (ENSIAS) residence, the National School of Arts and Crafts (ENSAM) residence and the Muhammadiyah School of Engineering (EMI) residence. In addition to these, ONOUSC managed accommodation opportunities are also available, and our students are informed about these opportunities through the social networks of our university.
In relation to catering, catering bars of institutions offer meals and snacks specially priced to fit students’ budgets.
4. Are there any additional measures you plan to implement to ensure a smooth academic year?
A smooth passing of the university year is not limited only to the proper conduct of classes. Of course, we encourage our students to take their studies seriously, but at the same time we want them to explore new horizons while living a healthy and balanced student life.
Every year we offer various sports, cultural and social activities to all our students. These experiences allow them to meet new people, connect with the university community, and achieve the life balance that is essential to their success. We also offer special integration activities for our new students. In addition, two flagship activities will mark the beginning of this year:
● Back-to-school caravan that will take place throughout the month of October. These are indeed days of welcoming, registration and integration of new students by visiting 13 institutions.
● 2nd edition of sports integration cup to be held in November.
In addition to these activities, our students can participate in many activities organized jointly with our partners. For example, on the 17th, the University organized a cleaning day at the Plage des Nations in collaboration with the Horizon Vert association.
Finally, our students also have access to health services, the University has established a Medico-Social Center that brings together medical and social professionals who listen to students and offer them free advice, medical and social advice and guidance.
Our university is committed to mobilizing all of its human and scientific potential to guide, support and provide its students with the best possible training and an excellent university experience.