2013 MFAA Annual Conference
On Saturday, December 21, 2013, the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA oganized its 2013 Annual Conference on “Strengthening the Position of English in Morocco for Development Purposes” at IRCAM (Institut Royal de la Culture Amazighe).
Please see the Conference agenda.
Strengthening the Position of English in Morocco for Development Purposes
*The Conference languages are English, Arabic, and French. Simultaneous translation will be provided.
|08:15 – 09:00||REGISTRATION|
|09:00- 10:00||SESSION I:||Welcome and Overview of the Conference Agenda|
|Session President: Hassan Mekouar, founding President of the MFAA and MFAA Board member
Abdelmajid Hajji: President. The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA, and Professor of Media at Moulay Ismail University and Al Akhawayn University. Morocco
Word of Welcome and Introduction of Conference Theme and Agenda
H. E. Lahcen Daoudi: Minister of Higher Education, Morocco.
Ministry languages policy, and Personal Views and Thoughts on English in post-secondary education and for research
H. E. Lahcen Haddad: Minister of Tourism, Morocco.
Personal Views and Thoughts on English in Tourism and Service Industries in Morocco
The Embassy of the United States of America in Rabat
English for Dialogue, trade and world peace: Morocco-US relationship
Ahmed Boukous: President. The Royal Institute of the Amazigh Culture (IRCAM)
Observations on Morocco’s Plurilingual Situation
Martin Rose: Director of the British Council in Morocco.
Enabling Moroccans to tap global opportunities: the British Council’s Track Record of Service in Morocco
James Miller: Director of MACECE (the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange), Rabat
MACECE’s Cultural and Educational Exchanges and Contribution to Languages Training and Research
Moncef Lahlou: Director of the Language Centre and Professor of Linguistics, Al Akhawayn University. Morocco
Introducing the MFAA’s Framing Paper on the State of English in Morocco
|10:00 – 10:40||SESSION II:||Keynote Presentation|
|Session President: Mohammed Dahbi, Director of Center for Academic Development, CAD, Al Al Akhawayn Universiy and Professor of Linguistics. Morocco. David Graddol: Linguist and Director of the English Company (UK) Ltd.
“The Global Rise of English and the Role of English in Development”
MAIN PANEL: TWO PARTS
PART 1. The Role of English in Furthering Morocco’s Development Objectives: The Views of the Stakeholders in Morocco
PART 2. Devising and Implementing Policies to Strengthen the Teaching in, and of, English in the Moroccan Education Sector: Opportunities, Cost, and Challenges
|11:00– 13:45||PART 1 FOCUS: ENGLISH FOR EMPLOYABILITY English as a means to tap development opportunities, (access to business and technological information, international cooperation opportunities, etc)
English for international mobility, communication, and development (international tourism, student mobility, international migrant workers, etc.)
English for international communication, diplomacy and peace
PART 2 FOCUS: ENGLISH IN EDUCATION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN MOROCCO:
Establishing a workable plan
Building consensus among stakeholders
Determining the appropriate financial
and human resources
Determining the right tools for evaluation and readjustment
|Panel Moderator: Abderrahim Foukara: Washington Bureau Chief of Aljazeera and Moroccan Journalist and AcademicPanelists:
Lahcen Haddad: Minister of Tourism, Morocco
Requested Topic: “English in Tourism and the Service Industries in Morocco: The Vision, the Training, and the Sustainable Benefits.”
David Graddol: Linguist and Director of the English Company (UK) Ltd.
“Will the Increased Use of English in Morocco Boost its Trade and Industry?”
Mohamed Aboussalah: Director of Higher education. Ministry of Higher Education
Requested Topic: “The Education Charter and the Commitment of the Education Sector to Enhancing the Position of English and Other Foreign Languages”
Wail Benjelloun: President of Mohamed V University, Rabat; and President of the Moroccan-American Bi-national Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, Morocco
Requested Topic: “English Use in the Sciences and Research in Morocco: The Promise for Global Collaboration and Increased Visibility for Moroccan Research Products.”
Driss Ouaouicha: President. Al Akhawayn University and Professor of Linguistics
Requested Topic: “Al Akhawayn University’s All-English Teaching Policy in Morocco: Is the Model Transferable?”
Amine Bensaid: President. Mundiapolis University. Morocco
Requested Topic: “Private-Sector Higher Education and the Use of the English Language”
Martin Rose: Director of the British Council in Morocco.
Requested Topic Area: “The British Council and English Language Teaching and Learning in Morocco: Past Achievements and Future Perspectives”
Gary Butzback: ALC Director, and Vice President of MACECE Managing
“The American Language Centers, Over 30 years of English language instruction for the Moroccan people.”
Abdelmajid Hajji: President. The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA, and Professor of Media at Moulay Ismail University and Al Akhawayn University.
Requested Topic: “Transitioning to English in Rwanda and Georgia: Lessons to Ponder and Heed”
|13:45-14:20||QUESTIONS & ANSWERS|
|14:20-14:30||SYNTHESIS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND CLOSING||Hassan Mekouar: Founding President of the MFAA and MFAA Board memberSalwa Zerhouni: Vice President of MFAA and Vice-Dean of the Faculté de Droit at Mohammed V University-Souissi. Rabat|
|GENERAL ASSEMBLYMFAA members Only||Abdelmajid Hajji: President. The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA,Fadwa Chaker: Secretary General. The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAAMohammed Ouammou: Treasurer. The Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA
Reading and Discussion of the MFAA Activity Reports;
Elections (to Fill the Vacant Seats in the MFAA Board)
The Conference Organizing Committee
|Conference Director||Abdelmajid Hajji, MFAA President|
|From the Board||Hassan Mekouar, Saloua Zerhouni, Amine Bensaid, Abdellatif Fekkak, Ahmed Legrouri, Fadwa Chaker, Mohamed Ouammou, Abderrahim Harraj, Taoufik Agoumy, Othmane Zakaria, Magyda Cherradi, Alaoui Nasser|
|From outside the Board||Moncef Lahlou, Samyia Belyazid, Hassan N’Faoui,|
|Contact||Abdelmajid Hajji: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.comPhone: (+ 212 664 164 161)Fadwa Chake, Secretary General: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone + 212 660000092|
Presenting the Moroccan Fulbright Alumni Association, MFAA
The MFAA is a Moroccan organization with a membership of over 1300 former grantees of the Moroccan American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE) and of the Fulbright and Humphrey programs in Morocco.
Since its creation in 2004, the Association has been working to advance its two-pronged mission; first, by contributing to Morocco’s development through the deployment of the expertise of its members and partners; and second, by operating as a bridge between the peoples of Morocco and of the U.S.A, with the aim to enhance mutual understanding and increase cooperation.
Specifically, the Association’s mission entails:
- Positioning MFAA as a dynamic organization able to contribute to Morocco’s development, in part through exploiting and strengthening the historically healthy and mutually beneficial relationships between Morocco and the U.S.A.;
- Helping Moroccan MFAA members, and the Fulbright Program visitors in Morocco, to achieve their career goals;
- Facilitating interaction and communication between the MFAA community and the current participants of, and candidates for, the Fulbright Program;
- Advocating support for, and awareness of, the Fulbright Exchanges.
The MFAA’s greatest resource is the first-rate multidisciplinary competence of its growing pool of US-trained professionals, present mainly in the strategic sector of education but also in leadership roles in diverse public and private sectors in Morocco. Also, the MFAA is proud of its associate and institutional members who share with it its vision and aims. The Association is committed to jointly work with these partners as it sets out to elaborate and execute its yearly program of activities and events for the benefit of the Fulbright community and the Moroccan society in general.
Presenting the Fulbright Program
Operating in over 155 countries, the Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide (forty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes).
Founded in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, the program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. As of 2010, 300,000 persons –114,000 from the United States and 188,000 from other countries — have participated in the program.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsors the Program from an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress. Additional direct and in-kind support comes from partner governments, foundations, corporations, and host institutions worldwide.
In Morocco, the Fulbright Program is administered by a bi-national commission, the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE). The yearly financial support provided by the Moroccan government highlights the country’s commitment to the goal of achieving mutual understanding between the peoples of the world on the one hand, and on the other hand is proof of recognition of the quality of the Fulbright education as reflected in the unique experiences enjoyed and now transmitted by the Moroccan returning grantees.
March 2-5: Enrichment Seminar
May 8-9: Moroccan Studies Symposium