The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries. It has Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and a rugged mountain interior.

The climate is Mediterranean in the North and in the West Atlas Mountains. On the other side of Atlas Mountains the climate changes turning it very dry and extremely warm during the summer especially on the lowlands and on the valleys facing the Sahara.

Morocco has more than four dozen universities, institutes of higher learning, and polytechnics throughout the country. The al-Qarawiyin University, founded in the city of Fez in 859 as a madrasa, is considered by some sources, including UNESCO, to be the oldest university of the world.

Morocco's economy is a relatively liberal governed economy . Since 1993, the country has followed a policy of privatisation of certain economic sectors. For 2013 the World Bank forecast a rate of 4.2% growth for Morocco.

Morocco is an ethnically diverse country with a rich culture and civilization. It has always been successful in combining its Berber, Jewish and Arabic cultural heritage with external influences such as French and Spanish. Spectator sports in Morocco traditionally centred on the art of horsemanship until European sports were introduced at the end of the 19th century. In 1986 Morocco became the first Arab and African country to qualify to the second round in World Cup competition. *

In 2009 Cardiff Metropolitan University entered into a partnership with the Superior Institutions of Science and Technology, Morocco. This partnership also facilitates outward mobility to Morocco for Students of Cardiff Met, particularly for CSM students. For more information contact

EU funded Scholarship Opportunities are available to Cardiff Metropolitan University students and graduates (from bachelor to post-doctorate level) in all schools, as well as academic and administrative staff, through Erasmus Mundus. Cardiff Metropolitan University is directly involved in the following Erasmus Mundus project with Morocco:


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* Source: Wikipedia