Morocco Agrees To Increase Special Quota For Students From Negeri Sembilan

From Rhoma Ahmad Razali

RABAT (Morocco), April 30 (Bernama) -- Morocco has agreed to increase the special quota for Negeri Sembilan students to pursue higher education at top universities in the country.

Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said the agreement was stated by the Moroccan Minister of Higher Education Dr Lahcen Daoudi himself.

Mohamad said previously, the Moroccan government had provided a quota of 20 entries each year to Malaysia to send its students to further their education in the country, and Negeri Sembilan received five.

"But beginning this year, the state has got a special quota granted by the Moroccan government, that is 20 more entries to bring the total number to 25," he added.

Mohamad was speaking at a dinner with Negeri Sembilan students on Wednesday in conjunction with his three-day visit to Morocco.

The function was also attended by Dr Daoudi and the Acting Mayor of Rabat, Ibrahim Al Jumari.

Mohamad said the agreement helped the state to send more students to Morocco and reduce the number of students it sent to Egypt and Jordan, which were seen as less conducive for learning.

"I thank the Minister of Higher Education Dr Daoudi for providing this special quota and it is hoped that with this step, more Negeri Sembilan students will be able to study in this country," he said.

During the event, Mohamad also received a replica of the key to the city from Ibrahim, as a sign of friendship between Rabat and Seremban, Negeri Sembilan's state capital.

Mohamad said through the newly-forged friendship, the Acting Mayor of Rabat had expressed his willingness to ensure the welfare of Negeri Sembilan students living in the city would be safeguarded.

Currently, 34 students from Negeri Sembilan are pursuing higher education in various fields in Morocco.




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