Sustainability: UM6P and five universities form a research consortium

UM6P. Ricardo Boffil

An interuniversity training, research and innovation consortium has been created around the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P).

Made up of six Moroccan Universities: Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Ibn Tofail University in Kénitra, Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Sultan Moulay Slimane University in Béni Mellal, In addition to UM6P and the French Development Research Institute (IRD), this consortium should lead to the foreshadowing of an international center for sustainability sciences on the theme of management of plant resources, water and soil in the context of climate change in Morocco and Africa, according to a press release from UM6P.

And the same source continues that the idea of ​​this Consortium results from the convergence of 4 strategies. This is the strategy of the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research to structure the Moroccan research ecosystem around strategic themes, so as to be able to overcome the challenges. facing Morocco, and the strategy of participating universities to structure themselves into poles and centers of excellence to better integrate into the socio-economic fabric of their respective regions.

It is also UM6P’s strategy to be a lever for development in Morocco and Africa, by addressing the challenges of tomorrow through an innovative approach focused on the synergy between research, training and innovation and finally, the strategy of the French Development Research Institute to perpetuate, structure and amplify its historic collaborations with Moroccan Universities.

The consortium’s ambition is to position itself as a catalyst for the creation and transfer of knowledge to meet the challenge of the sustainable and efficient management of plant resources, water and soil in Morocco and Africa, we read in the press release. The adopted strategy is based on the principle of collective intelligence, centered around interdisciplinarity and co-construction with all stakeholders in the sector. This will make it possible to understand these complex problems with complementary perspectives, adds the same source, indicating that the Consortium aspires, thus, to create a critical mass, to pool material and logistical resources, to reduce costs and to be in best position to raise international funds.

This initiative will also make it possible to train a new generation of Moroccan and African researchers and teacher-researchers, capable of meeting the development challenges of Morocco and the Continent, with an African perspective.

Moroccan universities will contribute within the framework of this Consortium through their laboratories, research centers, and innovation cities dedicated to the proposed theme.

As for the IRD, it will contribute through its joint research units dedicated to the theme of the Consortium and in particular, the Center d’Etude Spatiale pour la Biosphere (CESBIO).

The partners have set themselves as the first deliverable, the production of a white paper specifying the legal framework of the Center, its thematic perimeters, its training plan, its criteria for integrating new partners in particular, African and Latin American, its needs. in material and human resources and its business model, as well as the contributions of the various partners.

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