ESCWA Workshop in the Kingdom of Morocco on: Technology Integration in Higher Education and Scientific Research for Sustainable Development

Within the framework of ESCWA technical cooperation program, implemented in collaboration with Member States, and in response to the received request from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Cadres Qualification (MOHESR) in Morocco to provide an advisory service on best practices of technology integration in higher education and scientific research for sustainable development, ESCWA conducted a workshop, in collaboration with MOHESR, in Rabat on 22nd December 2016.
Represented by Dr. Haidar Fraihat, Director of Technology for Development Division (TDD), and Dr. Nawar Al-Awa, Regional Advisor of TDD, ESCWA delivered a number of presentations in addition to moderating some workshop sessions.
In the opening session, Dr. Mohamad Abu Saleh, the General Secretary of MOHESR inaugurated the workshop, in presence of Dr. Abdelhaq Muradi, the director of Scientific Research and Innovation of MOHESR, and ESCWA delegation.
The workshop was attended by more than 50 participants from universities, research centers and related sectors of higher education and scientific research in the Kingdom of Morocco.
This workshop discussed the role of technology and education in achieving sustainable development objectives, described some examples of available frameworks to integrate technology into higher education and scientific research and highlighted best technology integration practices from the Arab region and the world. In a dedicated session, MOHESR presented an overview of its plans, projects and initiatives in this context.
In the closing session, participants stressed on: the importance of developing action plans in academic institutions to integrate technology, the development of a centralized digital platform to collect, analyze and support higher education and scientific research management in Morocco, and the provision of the requested data on higher education and scientific research to reflect country achievements in the related international indicators.
Workshop participants expressed their appreciation for the workshop content through the conducted discussions and the final workshop evaluation. They also expressed the need for ESCWA capacity-building workshops and advisory services in the areas of technology for development.