The student accommodation offer includes 24 university residences with a capacity of 54,000 beds, an increase of 7% compared to the previous academic year, said the Minister of Higher Education, scientific research and innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui.
In a response read on his behalf, during the oral question session on Monday in the House of Representatives, Miraoui reported a 30% drop in the number of beds occupied during the current academic year (38,000 beds) in due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He further specified that 17,000 beds have been reserved for former students against 21,000 for new entrants to the faculties, or 40% of all requests expressed, 52,000 in total.
Emphasizing that access to higher education in good conditions is one of the priorities of his department, the Minister noted that many university residences have undergone extension works, including those of Tetouan-M’diq ( 1,100 beds) or the annex of the Errachidia university residence (1,000 beds) as well as the Agadir Tilila university residence which will be inaugurated next February (1,400 beds).
He also highlighted many large-scale programs that reflect the efforts made in this area, including the completion of projects underway for a capacity of 4,550 beds in the cities of Nador, Taza, Kénitra and Mohammedia and the construction studies for the construction or extension of several student halls of residence with a view to increasing the accommodation capacity by 3,048 additional beds.
In addition, Miraoui specified that his department will see to the increase in the number of budget items to meet the requirements in terms of pedagogical supervision and support for scientific research and innovation, stressing that the Moroccan university needs to acquire such positions as part of the overall reform of the ecosystem currently being developed by the ministry.