Moroccan Education System
As there are only 13 universities in the country, many students look for an alternative way to handle their educational investments. Many choose to study abroad, thus making the country a new and profitable marketplace for educational specialists. A significant flow of students pursue their studies in Anglophone institutions. English is the third language after Arabic and French. In 2002, AMIDEAST chose Morocco as the site for the organization’s 50th anniversary conference on “Higher Education in the Arab World: Preparing for the Global Marketplace.”
The Moroccan secondary education system is called the Baccalauréat. With the Baccalauréat there are 3 specialisations: Lettres, Sciences, and Technical.
The Public Higher Education sector
Public universities: institutions that are under the supervision of the ministry of higher education, these include the 12 public universities in addition to Al Akhawayn University, which has a special status as a privately-run public not-for-profit.
• Other public higher education institutions not affiliated to universities: referred to as Etablissements d’Enseignement Supérieur ne Relevant pas des Universités (EENSNPU), these are specialized higher
Education institutions (schools, institutes, centers) under the administrative and financial supervision of relative technical ministries and under the academic authority of the ministry of higher education. They provide a more specialized and technical training to specific public functions.
Private Higher Education sector:
• Universities and institutions created in the framework of a public-private partnership (PPP): these are non-profit foundations created with the objective of internationalizing Moroccan higher education. They benefit from different sources of funding, yet they remain under the academic authority of the ministry of higher education.
• Private higher education institutions: these are universities and institutes created through fully private initiatives and are generally for-profit.