The higher education system in Morocco has 2 accreditation levels, i.e. for:

  • institutions; and for
  • study programmes.

In accrediting a new education institution, the Ministry acts on the recommendation of the Commission National de Coordination de l'Enseignement Supérieur (CNCES).

The CNCES also issues recommendations on the accreditation of study programmes. This accreditation is valid for a period of 5 years. After a reassessment of the study programme, the accreditation may be renewed for another 5-year period.

The commission bases its recommendations on assessments carried out by the Agence nationale d'évaluation et d'assurance qualité de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique (ANEAQ).

Private higher education institutions

The accreditation process for private higher education institutions consists of an additional step. Overall, the process is as follows:

  • Authorisation of the institution by the Ministry (autorisé). This means that the education institution is allowed to offer study programmes. The institution meets all technical, administrative and educational requirements.
  • Accreditation of study programmes by the Agence nationale d'évaluation et d'assurance qualité de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche scientifique (ANEAQ). ANEAQ assesses the study programmes. The Ministry accredits study programmes on the basis of its recommendations.
  • Recognition of the institution by the state (reconnu). The diploma awarded by the education institution is granted the same status as all other national diplomas. Private higher education institutions do not award national diplomas, but their own institutional diplomas.

See Overview of higher education institutions for overviews of Moroccan higher education institutions.