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The Embassy of Morocco held its second "Moroccan Academic Week" in Australia


Within the framework of the Embassy’s interaction with non-state actors, notably academic institutions, universities and schools, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Australia took part to a number of events, held in Canberra and Melbourne this week, with the aim of further reinforcing ties with the Commonwealth of Australia in the academic field.

In this regard, the Ambassador of His Majesty the King to Australia, Mr. Medrek gave, on the 9th of April, a lecture in the framework of the training cycle established by the Australian Diplomatic Academy of Australia and the International Language Training Centre CIT.

He shed lights, on this occasion, on the priorities of the Moroccan foreign policy, the various reforms made by the Kingdom on the political and social levels, highlighting the important economic assets of the Kingdom. Students of the Academy had a very dynamic and active interaction with the Ambassador on key current issues at the international level.

This lecture took place in presence of various officials from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in addition to government representatives and academic personalities.

Besides, the Embassy took part to the presentation organized following the participation of five students from the University of Melbourne in a study abroad program in partnership with the International University of Rabat “Univesrité internationale de Rabat” in Morocco during the months of January and February 2019. This event was held in presence of various professors and lecturers, notably the Director of the Asia Institute at the same University, Dr. Vedi Hadiz and the University’s distinguished Professors, Dr. Jeanette Hoorn and Dr. Christina Mayer.

In this respect, the Director of the Asia Institute at the University of Melbourne, Dr. Vedi Hadiz hailed the excellent result of this first study abroad program established with a Moroccan University, pointing out to the excellent impact that it had on the students who enjoyed the six week program which introduces and explores a range of topics on contemporary Moroccan society first through probing the historical context, revisiting the imprint of Arab and Amazigh heritage combined with Islamic and other religious influences.

This study program has equally been focused on the critical and relevant readings from both local and Western writers with an intensive Modern Standard Arabic language component, classroom lectures relating to outcomes of social reform agenda, political governance, youth empowerment initiatives, human rights and the role of women in Morocco, Islamic feminism, Maghrebi Literature and social media, art and architecture.

This first study abroad program paves, therefore, the way for another visit to the Kingdom of Morocco by Students of the University of Melbourne in the upcoming year.

Furthermore, H.E Mr. Karim Medrek participated on April 2, 2019, in the ceremony of inauguration of the new building of the Australian-French Pre-school of Canberra in presence of various personalities from the diplomatic and academic fields.

In this regard, the Ambassador of Morocco to Australia, Mr. Karim Medrek planted a tree alongside the children studying at the pre-school and their Director, Mrs. Veronique Danjou, reflecting the Moroccan Embassy’s support and contribution to this pre-school within the scope of the reinforcement of ties with educative institutions in Australia, generally and Canberra, particularly. It is worth noting that the French Australian Preschool is one of the largest preschool and long day care centres in the ACT. It has been in operation continuously in Canberra for nearly 50 years.

These events follow many actions that have undertaken by the Embassy in recent years such as the celebration of the first Moroccan Academic Week in Canberra in 2017, featuring a number of universities and schools based in Australia, notably the Lyneham High School and the Australian National University.