Coventry University is to become the first UK University to open a branch campus in Morocco.
The campus, which intends to offer courses in subject areas such as engineering, architecture and business, will be located on a new campus in Bouskoura, a suburb of Casablanca.
It is scheduled to begin welcoming students in September, subject to final approval.
Coventry University has teamed up with The British Schools Educational Services Prives – a national higher education organisation – to open the branch campus.
Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University Vice-Chancellor, met with the British Ambassador to Morocco during a recent visit to the site.
To further cement the relationship, Mr Mohamed Tahiri, Director of Higher Education at the Moroccan Department of Higher Education, visited Coventry University, attending as the conditional agreement was formally signed on 24th May.
The new branch campus will closely follow the model of Coventry University’s Knowledge Hub in Egypt, enabling students to earn the same degree qualifications as those awarded at its UK campuses.
Professor John Latham CBE, Coventry University Vice-Chancellor, said: “We will be proud to become the first UK University to establish a branch campus in Morocco and will look forward to welcoming students to this fantastic facility. Coventry University’s global outlook brings great benefits to students and staff, enabling us to share best research practices and ensure more and more people have access to life-changing qualifications.
“Our work to build relationships around the world recently saw Coventry University awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of International Trade and our network of global hubs continues to build and maintain these important links.”
Professor Tariq Obaid, President of BSESP, added: “We are delighted to be collaborating with Coventry University on this ground-breaking project.
“Coventry University’s expertise combined with our 22 years of experience in delivering UK higher education in Morocco, in addition to early years, primary and secondary British education, is the perfect match.
“That will result in offering high quality British education in Morocco, which is in the heart of Africa and is geographically the gateway to Africa from Europe and the UK.
“The Ministry of Higher Education has also worked hard on this project and Morocco has made great progress in raising the standard of education available, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. It is also important to mention the support provided by the British Embassy and the British Council, without whom this development would not have been possible.”