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Community Talk: 23 Februari 2022 at 11 am (CET)

Entrepreneurship as a driver for change within Higher Education in Morocco

In a challenging economic context, promoting private investment and stimulating entrepreneurship are becoming essential to address the major unemployment issues, especially among youth. It is, therefore, crucial to foster synergies between the various supporting entities, to create, improve, nurture and evolve a geographically clustered ecosystem that is conducive to successful entrepreneurship. This will contribute to the development and emergence of more businesses, and to the dynamization of the regional economy and entrepreneurship.

A circular note from the Moroccan Ministry of Higher Education was sent in 2019 to the University Presidents to initiate the establishment of the National Status of the Student-Entrepreneur (SNEE). The SNEE will be a facilitating tool for students to build relationships with the various stakeholders in the business world (bankers, suppliers, customers, etc.) while embedding an entrepreneurial project in the training curriculum.

Accordingly, and to support this endeavour, we were able to initiate, through the institutional university cooperation program at Moulay Ismail University of Meknes, with the support of VLIR-UOS and the Flemish universities of Belgium, an entrepreneurial dynamic among students, young researchers and professor-researchers through a number of coordinated initiatives :

  • The implementation of a structuring tool for supporting students-entrepreneurs via workshops and co-working spaces, including the CAPE (Center of Assistance to the Promotion of the Student Employment), in partnership with the national and regional socio-economic actors, the APEFE (Min Ajliki Program), the ANAPEC and INJAZ Al Maghreb.
  • Creation of an Entrepreneurial and Employment platform, gathering offices and contact points of several programs and actors, including INJAZ AL MAGHREB, Min Ajliki, Youth Employment Program (Enabel-APEFE), CREPP Project of ARES, Sustainable Territorial Development Project supported by the IUC program of VLIR-UOS, and the University Agency of ANAPEC

This Community talk will shed the light on these initiatives and will present the strategic framework we developed and which provides structure and guidance for students, start-ups and cooperatives, that sell innovation and growth opportunities through ecosystem collaborations. We will also give a brief about the initiative we are starting toward developing a collaborative online platform for Entrepreneurship in Africa (ENTRAFRICA). To make the content more engaging and add practical insights, the CT-Talk Morocco will include testimonials from people with different backgrounds, but all have one thing in common – insightful thoughts on entrepreneurship.

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