Rome, 26 January 2016. In accordance with the joint decision of Mrs. Stefania Giannini, the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research and Mr. Lahcen Daoudi, the Moroccan Minister of Education, Scientific Research & Executive Training and in the presence of the Ambassador of Morocco in Rome, Hassan Abouyoub, the signing ceremony of two cooperation agreements between the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes and the University of Florence (UNIHI) took place on 26 January in Rome.
The President of the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes, Prof. Mostapha Bousmina, and Rector Luigi Dei signed a “Cultural and Scientific cooperation agreement” and a “Specific Partnership Agreement ” for the co-creation and co-development of the Euro-Mediterranean School of Architecture and Urban Planning. The opening of this establishment, located within the UEMF campus is foreseen in September 2016.
This Institute aims to be a school of excellence for training and research in the field of architectural sciences, urban planning, design, & heritage. Graduates of the Euro-Mediterranean School of Architecture and Urban Planning will hold a double university degree that is recognized by both the Moroccan and Italian States. By means of this agreement, the University of Florence and the Euro-Mediterranean University of Fes express their shared desire to develop academic links and facilitate university cooperation.
Training will be provided by a teaching team from the UEMF, the UNIFI Department of Architecture, and other Euro-Mediterranean renowned institutions such as the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (The Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid) and the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (The Superior School of Decorative Arts in Paris).
The UEMF is a project labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean in 2012, which reinforces the integration between the two shores of the Mediterranean through regional dialogue, intercultural exchange, and cooperation with regards to higher education, research and innovation. Youth Employability and Inclusive Growth remain one of the main priorities of the UfM Secretariat. Delivering a high standard of multilingual education and promoting youth mobility in the region will contribute to the long term goal of improving employability and enhancing regional development.