The Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdellatif Miraoui, underlined, Monday in Tangier, that the University of tomorrow must emphasize the development of human capital, by building it as a lever for global and sustainable development, and the consolidation of supreme values.
Speaking at the 1st Meetings of the social responsibility of the Moroccan university, under the theme “Together for an inclusive and integrated university life”, the Minister specified that the model of the University of tomorrow, which draws its essence from the recommendations of the New Development Model (NMD) and is based on the priorities of the 2021-2026 government program, is not limited to improving the quality of training and the establishment of favorable conditions for the success of the university course students and their empowerment, but also covers all aspects related to university governance and the integration of higher education institutions into their socio-economic environment, in addition to their openness to regional and international levels.
Abdellatif Miraoui, in this regard, considered that the establishment of this model requires a participatory and global approach mobilizing all the forces at the regional and national level (institutional, economic and civil society actors), for a university capable of to support rapid changes in education, scientific research and innovation.
He noted that the university must also be well prepared to respond to national development priorities, particularly in areas related to sovereignty and sustainability, noting that it will be able to strengthen Morocco’s influence and its pioneering role. in several vital areas.
Given the importance of parity and gender equality as a lever for development and a fundamental criterion for societal development, the Minister assured that the university has a major role to play in this regard, whether in terms of expanding access for female students to the training offer and to all university services, in compliance with the conditions of quality and dignity, or by motivating them to continue their academic career, and to commit more in scientific research and innovation activities.
The Minister said that the empowerment of women and the strengthening of their capacities have very important socio-economic repercussions, which should favor the promotion of Morocco’s development process, stressing that the achievement of all these fundamental objectives requires the deployment the necessary financial and human resources, and the consolidation of the system of values within the university, through the consolidation of the culture of rights and obligations and the reinforcement of the principles of fairness and equal opportunity, while emphasizing the values of transparency and integrity, as irreversible choices governing the daily functioning of academic institutions.
He also considered that the consolidation of the system of values makes it possible to create a positive and constructive interaction between the university and society in general, noting that this interaction is necessary to strengthen confidence in the Moroccan university and allow it to play the important role entrusted to it in terms of supporting the national economy and training human skills.
The opening ceremony of this event took place in the presence of the President of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), Amina Bouayach, the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan region Al Hoceima, Mohamed Mhidia, the President of Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Bouchta El Moumni, and Moroccan and foreign scientific and academic personalities.
This 1st debate aims to build a new approach to university life from three different but complementary angles, namely the social responsibility of Moroccan universities through the principles of human rights, the social responsibility of universities: Comparative study and analysis of positive experiences, and the objectives of social responsibility and sustainable development in the university space.