A symposium on the theme “Cambridge in Morocco: Perspectives on Islamic and North African Studies” opened Monday in Fez, with the participation of academics from the prestigious British University of Cambridge, Moroccan researchers, diplomats and literary figures.
Speaking on the occasion, Farissi Serghini, president of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, emphasized that this workshop was to be an ideal opportunity to discuss ways of consolidating the “special and ancestral relationship” linking Morocco to Great Britain.
For his part, the director of the British Council in Morocco, Martin Rose, noted that this symposium will surely contribute to further promote the British-Moroccan relations, calling them solid and traditional. He added that the visit of a delegation of Cambridge is likely to further embed the foundations of cooperation with the Moroccan universities and to explore ways of promoting scientific research.
Representative of Cambridge University, Paul Anderson, said the symposium is an opportunity to enhance intellectual exchange and cultural dialogue with experts and serious Moroccan researchers, noting in this sense that Cambridge University has a special interest in the history of Morocco, role of the Arab intellectual in the political and social changes and the history of the Mediterranean.
The “Cambridge in Morocco” symposium is organised by the British Council in partnership with Cambridge University, Centre Talal Ben walid for Islamic Studies, University Hassan II, University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah, University Mohamed V, and Morocco British Society.
The events runs from 16 to 20 April and takes place at several venues in Fez, Rabat, and Casablanca.