Forging new links between Europe and Morocco

Two key agreements have been signed by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the EU, Ahmed Rahhou, and the rector of the College of Europe, Dr. Jorg Monar.

Signed on 31st January, they are:

- A memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad from Morocco (Moroccan Academy of Diplomatic Studies) and the College of Europe.

- A Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research and the College of Europe establishing a Selection Committee for Moroccan Students.

The first cooperation agreement focuses on promoting cooperation actions in the following areas:

§ Organization of training cycles in diplomacy, international law and international relations for the benefit of diplomats and students from each institution.

§ Exchange of lecturers and experts in various fields related to diplomacy.

§ Sharing of knowledge and know-how in training engineering and transfer andragogy.

§ Organization of advanced training cycles for diplomats and ministry staff which cover the following areas: diplomacy, international relations, European law, economics, etc.

§ Organization of conferences, alternately, within the two institutions.

- This agreement is a first. It is for the first time that Moroccan diplomats could benefit from such a large-scale training at this prestigious institution.

The second agreement, which is the Memorandum of Understanding, the creation of a selection committee for Moroccan students aims to make available to Moroccan students, laureates from Moroccan universities, 8 scholarships for master's studies in the field of European studies for a period of 10 months (from September to June of the academic year).

The training provided covers in particular the following disciplines: politics and governance, law, economics, international and diplomatic relations and interdisciplinary studies.

Moroccan candidates wishing to apply for this scholarship program must meet the conditions of academic excellence established by the College.

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