Court of Auditors pointed fingers at the governance of universities

During 2020, the Court of Auditors carried out a number of management control missions related to higher education and scientific research, in this case the following missions:

– Control of the management of four universities, namely Moulay Ismail

In Meknes, Ibn Zohar in Agadir, Hasan Prem in Settat and in Chauabe

Doukli in Al Jadida. These universities welcome 251,433 students, i.e. 30% of the total number of students from twelve universities for the 2018-2019 academic year. In relation to the number of teacher-researchers from these four universities, there were 3,264 teachers.

– Assessment of the university degree issuance system.

– Evaluation of university administration.

Control of the management of the National Assistance Fund for Scientific Research and Technological Development and its role in the funding and development of scientific and technical research.

With regard to University Administration, the Court noted that University Councils have experienced limited participation of representatives of socio-economic sectors in the work of the said Councils. Article 9 of Law No. 01.00 entrusted the management of the University to a Council consisting of representatives from all fields related to higher education.

However, after reviewing the minutes of board meetings of some universities, it was found that representatives of the economic and business sectors and local authorities did not attend these meetings, despite the fact that these parties could play an important role. Facilitate the integration of graduates into the University and the local and regional environment.

At the same time, it was also noted that the autonomy of universities is limited. At the academic level, the Ministry of Supervision intervenes in the accreditation of training courses and the creation of new university establishments. And on a financial level, universities are almost entirely dependent on grants from the ministry, with a limited role for the university council in budget preparation, as these grants are for purposes already set, without the university council changing its assignment. .

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Finally, at the level of management of assets and human resources, the autonomy of the University is insufficient, as the Ministry has not transferred ownership of immovable property and human resources to the Universities, as stipulated in Articles 17 and 96 of the Act, respectively. Is. No. 01-00 on higher education. In addition, although Law No. 01-00 allows contracts in some areas, it has been noted that this tool, as a means of presenting accounts and assessing performance, has not been adopted by the Ministry of Guardianship and universities. is, with the exception of specific programs.

In addition, the absence of an IT master plan does not allow the university to identify its needs in IT tools, and the various IT applications required for the proper conduct of activities, as well as those related to scientific research and financial and administrative management. . University. In the absence of this master plan, the universities were not in a position to set up an integrated information system that would be able to cover all their activities and establish a link between the Presidency and all the establishments under the University, which was a hindrance. generates. Provision of effective information at the right time.

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