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Morocco’s First Online University TV Channel Offers Training Opportunities

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“The channel gave us practical training opportunities after years of academic study at the university.”

Mohamed Anfalous   A master’s degree student

Mohamed Anfalous, a master’s degree student in media professions and practices, also was pleased with the channel’s launching.

“The channel gave us practical training opportunities after years of academic study at the university,” he said. “What we learn here will undoubtedly help us later upon entering the labor market.” (See a related article, “Teaching Journalism in the Arab World: Challenges and Lost Opportunities.”)

Enriching Students’ Career Paths

The shift to distance education was not easy, especially since it was imposed in an emergency situation and without prior preparation. (See a related article, “The Shift to Online Education in the Arab World Is Intensifying Inequality.”) However, the continued spread of the pandemic prompted education officials in Morocco to think about developing methods of teaching and communicating with students.

“The pandemic formed an important opportunity for us to create a new model for communication” with students and the public, and “to create a new space that provides the opportunity for our master’s and Ph.D. students in media and communication disciplines to train and prove their competencies in a practical way,” said Omar Abdo, coordinator of the master’s degree program in media professions and practices.

Students’ work at the channel will enrich their future career paths, he added.

Currently, the channel broadcasts via the Internet and social media apps, to achieve popularity in order to reach the new generation of students joining Moroccan universities. Its founders hope that the channel will take its place in the future among satellite channels.

“We have a great ambition to broadcast via satellite in the future,” said Belkadi. “This would expand the dissemination of culture and knowledge and further develop students’ skills.”

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