National Higher Education Pedagogical Reform: Preparation for the Bachelor

On January 7th and 8th, MACECE, in collaboration with the US Embassy in Rabat and the Ministry of National
Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, organized a Moroccan-American
Conference on “National Pedagogical Reform: Preparation for the Implementation of the Bachelor.”
Held in Marrakech at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, the conference was launched by Minister Saaid
Amzazi, Minister Delegate Driss Ouaouicha and Chargé d’Affairs of the US Embassy David Green. The conference
brought together 128 presidents and vice presidents of Moroccan universities to discuss the new educational
reforms of 2020, including the move to the 4 year bachelor system.

MACECE’s Executive Director, Rebecca Geffner, and Outreach and Recruitment Officer, Moustapha Laalioui presented to the university presidents on Fulbright exchange programs along with colleagues from the US Embassy, USAID and EducationUSA. The conference provided opportunities for participants to examine ways in which the US government can continue to support the Government of Morocco in its goals for higher education during these historic reforms.

Ahmed Ezzedine, Associate Vice President for Educational Outreach and International Programs at Wayne State
University, Pia Wood, Vice Provost and Dean of International Affairs at University of North Texas, and Jason Lane,
State University of New York, Albany were among the invited speakers who presented on various aspects of the US higher education system, English as a language of instruction and education in the digital age. Dr. Mohamed Tahiri, Director of Higher Education and Pedagogic Development (and Fulbright alumnus) discussed the challenges and opportunities in Morocco’s higher education reforms along with the President of Ibn Tofail University, Azzedine Elmidaoui.

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