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UM5 and ULaval sign two cooperation agreements

Rabat and Quebec seal a new partnership. Two cooperation agreements were recently signed between UM5 and ULaval covering several areas as well as the creation of a new laboratory.

The Mohammed V University of Rabat (UM5) and the Laval University of Quebec (ULaval) signed, last Thursday in Rabat, two cooperation agreements covering various fields, including training, scientific research, innovation and transfer of knowledge and technologies, as well as the creation of an International Associated Laboratory: science, environments, societies and mining activities (LIA SESAM).

A framework agreement was signed by the interim President of UM5-Rabat, Prof. Farid El Bacha, and the Vice-President for international affairs and sustainable development at ULaval – Québec, François Gelineau. It will be the subject of a specific agreement. The activities envisaged, namely, exchanges of professors and students, joint research activities, participation in seminars and exchanges of scientific and teaching documents.

Similarly, a specific agreement was signed on the one hand by Eugénie Brouillet, Vice-President for Research, Creation and Innovation at ULaval and Aurélie Campana, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at ‘ULaval-Québec and on the other hand, by El Bacha and the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of UM5-Rabat, Mohammed Regragui, on the other hand.

The specific partnership sealed aims to create an International Associated Laboratory: Science, Environments, Societies and Mining Activities (LIA SESAM). This laboratory is made up of the Parties as well as the stakeholders, namely, the “INQ” research chair on sustainable development in the North under ULaval – Quebec and the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Plant Physiology – Faculties of Science under UM5-Rabat .

In addition, the “LIA SESAM” will offer an innovative and promising research and training program that breaks down into four complementary axes that will allow the two teams to work together, namely, to think about economic diversification in the mining and post- mining (regions of the Middle Atlas, and Schefferville and Abitibi).

Similarly, to characterize and carry out the environmental and societal diagnosis of mining and post-mining sites (Ahouli site project in the Middle Atlas). Also to contribute to the environmental and societal restoration of mining territories, including the recovery of mining waste (Middle Atlas and Quebec). And finally to inform public policies on the practices of mining companies to promote post-mining conversion (Middle Atlas and Quebec).



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