Friday, March 17, 2017

Moroccan academics

I visited Morocco for the second time in a span of 20 years. I have to say that I am so impressed with the quality and knowledge of Moroccan academics and doctoral students in the first conference of Middle East and North Africa studies in Marrakech.  This is an example that national universities can achieve excellence in the Arab world without having Western names and without being private universities.  Those Moroccan universities need so much state support and they also need to find jobs for new graduates.  Moroccan college students now all are fluent in English, French, and Arabic and combine Western and Arabic cultural background.