№ 263/2011 from Aug 19, 2011
Freie Universität Berlin has signed a cooperation agreement with the Moroccan Ecole de Gouvernance et d’Economie (EGE) in Rabat. At first the agreement allows undergraduate students of history, cultural studies, and political science to spend one or two semesters studying abroad at the Moroccan partner institution. After expanding its bilateral cooperation with Egyptian universities, Freie Universität has now extended its network of international partnerships to the Maghreb region.
Courses at EGE in Rabat can be completed in both English and French. There is a possibility that at a later date the agreement will be expanded to include the exchange of graduate students, post graduates, and faculty. Even today this new partner university in Rabat offers opportunities for graduate students, including those pursuing a doctorate, to conduct research. EGE is a good starting point for cross-cultural academic dialog, in particular for research projects with reference to the Maghreb region.
The new cooperation agreement is the result of close contacts with the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, a long-term partner of Freie Universität, which works closely with EGE. "It is now time to intensify the trilateral cooperation between Paris, Rabat, and Berlin," according to the coordinator of student exchange at Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science, Freie Universität, Dr. Sabine von Oppeln. Students at the joint partner university in Rabat can already apply for admission to the dual-degree master's program in Political Sciences - Affaires européennes / Affaires Internationales offered by Sciences Po and Freie Universität.
The agreement is particularly interesting in light of the dramatic political changes currently underway in the Maghreb countries. The new, privately funded university in Rabat considers itself an active participant in the current reform process. For example, in June this year EGE organized a discussion meeting, where students had an opportunity to present their ideas about reform of the Moroccan constitution to representatives of the advisory committee on constitutional reform. This corresponds to the vision and overall goals of the university, "to contribute to establishing a new educated elite for building a Morocco of the future."