|Mohammedia University in Mohammedia, Morocco. By DanMclean|
This struck me as both predictable and slightly shocking. Only four universities in Africa made it onto the list of the top 400 (three in South Africa and the University of Alexandria in Egypt). Additionally, Morocco's higher education system is notoriously bad, and its reform has been the focus of many government initiatives over the last decade. But how bad does your university system have to be to fail to achieve this kind of recognition?
Writing in the Moroccan newspaper Akhbar al-Yawm al-Maghribiyya, Muhammad Al-Khemlichi laments not only the poor state of Morocco's university, but also the national attitude towards the university system. Below is a partial translation of his editorial which ran in the newspaper's March 26 edition.