Areas of collaboration
The Québec and Moroccan governments have signed bilateral agreements in sectors as diverse as culture, higher education, the environment, vocational training and the promotion of employment, mines and geological mapping, central administration modernization, strengthening of governance systems, and social security. The first Québec-Morocco call for projects will be launched in the near future.
Morocco and Canada are currently negotiating a free trade agreement, which will be of great interest for Québec companies and institutions. Royal Air Maroc and Air Canada both offer weekly direct flights between Montréal and Rabat (Casablanca Airport), which facilitates travel and trade.
Education and higher education
In 2011, the Government of Québec and the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco renewed the Entente dans le domaine de l’enseignement supérieur(agreement in the field of higher education – in French only), which was first signed in December 1994. There are currently over 1,500 Moroccan students enrolled at Québec universities.
Université du Québec à Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Université du Québec à Rimouski, Université de Sherbrooke, Université de Montréal, Université Laval, École polytechnique, HEC Montréal and École nationale d’administration publique all collaborate with Morocco in the area of university education.
In February 2012, the Ministry contributed to the mission to Morocco by the Institut national de l’image et du son. A four-person delegation participated in the “Rencontre sous la tente ” organized by the Ouarzazate Institut spécialisé dans les métiers du cinéma.
In December of the same year, the Ministry helped organize the mission to Morocco by the Director of the Laboratory of Robotics as a Learning Tool (Laboratoire de robotique pédagogique) of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of Université de Montréal. The goal of the mission was to promote robotics as a learning tool in science and technology education, a concept developed by Professor Pierre Nonnon. This project involves the Mohammed V – Agdal University in Rabat, the Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech and the Moroccan Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education, and Scientific Research. In September 2017, a delegation of some twenty researchers from two Moroccan universities visited the Faculty of Education of Université de Montréal.
In February 2014, the Ministry hosted the Rector of Mohammed V – Agdal University in Rabat, Wail Benjelloun, and the Dean of the Faculty of Science, Saaïd Amzazi. An agreement was signed with Université de Montréal during their visit.
In November 2015, October 2016, and March 2017, the Ministry helped organize missions to Morocco by members of the Faculty of Educational Sciences of Université de Montréal to promote the teaching of mathematics in primary schools in rural regions. Guelmim-Oued Noun, a region located in south-western Morocco, is the first partner.
In March 2013, the Ministry helped welcome representatives from the Moroccan National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water, who signed a protocol on cooperation with the Centre d’expertise en analyse environnementale du Québec.
On August 28, 2017, the Government of Québec announced that Ouranos will receive government funding totalling nearly $1 million (French only) from the Green Fund to launch a climate change adaptation platform in Morocco. The frontier organization, which will draw inspiration from the Ouranos consortium business model, is aimed at promoting the integration of climate change adaptations into the decision-making processes of Moroccan public authorities. This project is the result of the four-party agreement entered into during the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change (CdP-22) between the Moroccan Higher Institute for Advanced Studies on Sustainable Development, the Institut national de la recherche scientifique du Québec, and the Ouranos consortium.
Last update: 2017-12-19 4:33:13 PM