The first dissemination events of the project Strengthening Mathematics Education – MathICs was held from 05 to 07 October 2021 in the Faculty of Science of Rabat, Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra and the Engineering School of Mines in Rabat. MathICs, is a project co-financed by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union (Key Action 2: Capacity Building in Higher Education), and runs for three years, until January 14, 2024.
The 1st day of this event on October 05, 2021 at the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat,were honored by the participation of Mr. Mohammed Rhachi (President of Mohammed V University of Rabat), Mr. Mohamed Tahiri (Director of Higher Education and Pedagogical Development at the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education, Staff Training, and Scientific Research), Mr. Mohammed Regragui (Dean of Faculty of Sciences of Rabat), and Mr. Ismaïl kassou (vice president in Mohammed V University of Rabat). and the Mr. Vítor Marcelino Counsul of Portuguese Embassy in Rabat. The coordinator of the Mathic’s project, the coordinator of the ERASMUS+ office in Morocco as well as the permanent members of the project made their presentations, and Ana Pipio, Coordinator of International Relations Office, made a presentation of IST. Professor Luis Oyonarte, the coordinator of MathICs, has given a short presentation of MathICs, its main aims and their activities. Mathematics has been identified as a “key lever for transforming STEM teaching and learning” (European Schoolnet, 2018). This is one of the messages from Professor Bennis, Moroccan coordinator of MathICs, who, during the three days of MathICs dissemination events held from 05 to 07 October 2021, demonstrated the importance of MathICs in the mathematics education system as well as the importance of using ICT to promote mathematics in Moroccan institutions. Dr. Latifa Saadaoui, the coordinator of the NEO Office in Morocco, gave a presentation that highlighted the great importance of the CBHE projects and in particular the MathICs project in the development of the education system in Morocco.
The 2nd day organized on October 06, 2021 at t the University Ibn Tofail, Professor Fahid shed light on the role and importance of MathICs dissemination strategy. He mainly showed how MathICs dissemination plan envisions dissemination not only to present the MathICs project and its results, but also to increase awareness of the use of ICTs in mathematics education in Morocco which is the main purpose of MathICs. After, Kenitra colleagues showed us their beautiful campus.
The 3rd day was on École de Mines de Rabat, included the presentation of Professor Fouad Bennis who shared his 20 years of experience as Director of International Relations at Centrale Nantes. and Natacha Moniz from IST made a presentation about the MathICs Project Social Media.
All the days we made Workpage workshops, to learn the administrative and financial details of the project, quality plan guidelines (Ana Pipio from IST coordinate the session) and Teacher’s training sesssion (Ana Moura Santos from IST participate by virtual).
We had also hold several comittee meetings to talk about the next steps to take in each Work Package.
For more information about this project, see here
The Partners of this project are:
– Universidad de Almería (Spain),
– École Centrale de Nantes (France), Universidade de Lisboa-Insituto Superior Técnico (Portugal),
– Mohammed 5 University of Rabat (Moroccan coordinator of the project),
– Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech,
– Ibn Tofail University of Kenitra,
– Sultan Moulay Slimane University of Beni Mellal,
– École Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Rabat,
– Mohammed VI International Academy of Civil Aviation of Casablanca
– Synapstic S. L.
And associated members who are :
– the Mediterranean Network of Engineering and Management Schools (RMEI) in France,
– the Moroccan Society of Applied Mathematics
– the Moroccan Association of Private Higher Education Schools (AMESUP)
– Jiwar Education and Development (Rabat).