HM King Mohammed VI inaugurated, on Thursday in Benguerir Green City, the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, a hub for research, training and innovation, and a real bridgehead between Morocco, Africa and the world.
This world-class university is the core of the Mohammed VI green city of Benguerir, first city of its kind in the African continent to offer adapted infrastructure, an ecological zone, an organized social life and a lifestyle that promotes its inhabitants’ well-being, diversity and and social and cultural blossoming.
The next generation university has five founding principles: applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship, addressing Africa’s socio-economic development challenges, adopting a partnership approach, openness on the world with national focus, social equity and merit.
The university seeks, through well-targeted research programs (water, agriculture and environment, natural resources and food security, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, architecture, urbanism and territory development, industrial and chemical engineering and renewable energy), to bring answers to the main challenges facing the African continent as food security, economic development, sustainable industrialization and public policy.
The establishment, which adopts a teaching and research model based on innovation and experiments, hosts a number of facilities notably a school for industrial management, a research center, university residences, and a sports complex. All of them designed according to modern architecture in conformity with the concepts of sustainability and energy-saving and offering all conveniences necessary for students.
It includes also experimentation sites which are open to the scientific community and enable student-researchers from partner universities to test solutions at the real scale in key areas.
The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University offers its academic model regionally by gaining a foothold in several sites as in Casablanca through the Africa Business School, and in El Jadida and Safi as well as Laayoune via the Foum El Oued Technology Park.
The city of Rabat is hosting the faculty of governance and social and economic sciences which is aimed at training top executives on the management of public policies.
The Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, which will contribute to the training of Moroccan and foreign researchers and entrepreneurs, intends to promote higher education and applied research in Africa through partnerships with the African university fabric mainly in doctoral training.
The university possesses innovative education methods as online courses and contents using high-tech digital technologies and employs eminent Moroccan and foreign professors and researchers.
The institution, which is based on citizenship and responsibility, practices in its student admission process a policy of scholarships for academic excellence and social equality. It also offers grants of applied research projects for candidates bearing projects in the service of community. The university gets its revenues from research products, schooling fees and land-grant.
In line with the spirit of Smart City of the green city, the university’s building was awarded the international label of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a first in Morocco.
The inauguration ceremony was marked by the screening of an institutional movie on the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, with testimonies by Moroccan and foreign students, as well as professors.