Building Brand Africa in Higher Education – Strengths and Opportunities to Reimagine Futures
QS World University Rankings - Africa Forum
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Mohammed VI Polytechnic University is a Moroccan non-profit research university. Its main campus is located in Benguerir, near Marrakech, with branches in Rabat and Laayoune. The university is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation and is engaged in economic and human development, with a focus on African development.
The university hosted its first cohort of students in 2013 before being officially inaugurated on January 12, 2017. Since then, the university has continued to expand to become a leading research institution for collaborations between Africa and the rest of the world.
The UM6P federates a number of schools and research institutes, covering science and technology (Agriculture, mining, energy, medical, chemistry, Computer Science…), Social Sciences and Business Management.
The university has numerous international partnerships with universities around the globe, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia Business School, Max Planck Society, HEC Paris, Mines ParisTech, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, McGill University, and Sciences Po.
UM6P prioritizes research and innovation relevant to Morocco and Africa by focusing on topics such as industrialization, food security, sustainable development, mining, behavioural and social sciences.
About the Event
Africa has the youngest population and the fastest growing middle class in the world, particularly in the sub-Saharan region, according to statistics published by the United Nations, UNESCO and the World Bank. This has led to unprecedented growth in the demand for quality higher education, which is set to continue until 2050 and beyond. To meet the needs of the continent’s young people, empower and enable them to reach their best potential, it is crucial that the region recognises its strengths and builds a sustainable future full of opportunities that meet societal and educational needs. As well as teaching 21st century skills to bridge the skills gap, providing accessible education for all and developing sustainable models that are practical and applicable to countries in the region, there exists an opportunity to develop a cadre of business and entrepreneurial leaders through universities, business and graduate schools to reimagine the future of education and commerce on the continent. Based on evidence from QS proprietary data, it is evident that there are examples of academic excellence in the region which deserve to be showcased. These success stories can serve as a foundation to shape a present and future Brand Africa in Higher Education.