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Morocco

This is an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility project of the Faculty of Humanities with Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique.

Project details

Leiden University coordinator: 

  • Faculty of Humanities, project coordinator: Wencke Appelman

Partner institution:

  • Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique, Faculté de Gouvernance, Sciences Economiques et Sociales

Type of mobility:

  • student exchange

Project duration:

2019-2022

Project summary

The purpose of this mobility project is to further institutionalise the cooperation between Leiden University and the Faculté de Gouvernance, Sciences Economiques et Sociales of the Université Mohamed VI Polytechnique. This is a continuation of an existing mobility project with the former Ecole de Gouvernance et d'Économie de Rabat, aimed at increasing both the presence of students from Morocco/North Africa in Leiden and the diversification of Leiden University’s student and staff body. 

In 2015, the Faculty of Humanities signed a mobility agreement with Ecole de Gouvernance et d'Économie de Rabat (EGE) to increase opportunities in Morocco. This was due largely to the faculty’s BA International Studies programme, which allows students to select an area of the world in which to specialise and study abroad. Many students select the Middle East or Africa as their region of specialisation. This mobility project enables Leiden students to study at EGE for a semester and EGE students to study at Leiden University. In turn, this adds to the diversity of the faculty from a region that is underrepresented in our student body, but is at the same time a focus of study within the faculty. 

The Faculty of Humanities has also expressed the importance of cooperation with Morocco by establishing Netherlands Institute Morocco (NIMAR), a Dutch expertise centre for Moroccan Studies in 2016. The center is based in Rabat and is part of the Faculty of Humanities.

EGE views internalisation as a strategic goal that prepares youth to be more competitive and open to the dynamics of a globalised world environment. This project will help to develop an international EGE community based on a realistic vision of education, which goes beyond local and regional boundaries and embraces the multiplicity of points of views and experiences offered by international mobility.

Laure about her Erasmus+ ICM exchange in Rabat

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