Monday 11 April 2022
Thousands of Moroccan students have returned to Morocco from Ukraine, but many are living with anxiety because of the uncertainty about their future. Nassim, a student in the city of Casablanca, is a model for students who have been trying to save years of education.
Moroccan students represent the largest foreign community in Ukraine, as they are second only to Indian students in the study of foreign nationals coming to study in the country, according to the latest official figures released by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education. About ten thousand students from Morocco studied at various Ukrainian universities, most of whom were deported by the Moroccan authorities and returned to their homeland after the Russian invasion.
Many Moroccan students have returned from Ukraine and are now living with their families, but are under intense stress due to fears and anxieties that their academic future and years of education may be in vain. Especially since the Moroccan Ministry of Education has not yet taken any measures to integrate Moroccan students returning from Ukraine into Moroccan universities. The ministry is currently studying a set of proposals that will address the plight of thousands of Moroccan students returning from Ukraine, on top of which “open a dialogue with neighboring countries to continue their studies there, or work to integrate them into Moroccan universities.” , “Moroccan electronic newspaper” Hespress “quoted.
In an earlier press release, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, Abdelatif Meraui, said that “over the next two weeks, the outlook on this file will be clearer and we will reach an integrated solution.”
Fate depends on the decision of the government
It is noteworthy that the Ministry has set up a platform for Moroccan students returning from Ukraine to register their data and select their specializations to deal with their situation and to integrate them, as promised by Abdelatif Meraui, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and . Innovation.
On the other hand, the families of the concerned students staged a protest in front of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation in Rabat, Morocco last week, demanding speedy work to save their children’s educational future. .
Nasim, a Moroccan student, was one of the students who was deported from Ukraine and returned to Morocco. The student, a resident of Casablanca, Morocco, is studying computer engineering at a university in Ukraine. Four days before the start of Russia’s war against Ukraine, Nasim returned to Morocco as part of a scheduled flight to evacuate Moroccan students from the country.
Since his return, the Moroccan student has been exploring the possibility of finishing his studies outside Morocco, especially in light of the uncertainty surrounding his future and the future of many other Moroccan students in his country, and no decision has been made about them so far as he calls “Muhajir News”.
Nasim now spends most of his time communicating with universities, and in the past few weeks he has contacted several Romanian universities, but: “Studying there is more expensive than in Ukraine. Since then I have searched universities in Poland and now I am looking for a place to study in Germany or any other country. I have written to several universities and received a reply from a university in Poland, “said Nasim.
The language and the length of time to get a visa clash with hope
Nasim prefers to continue studying at a university in Germany from Ukraine and elsewhere, he insisted. However, he thinks that he has to go through several steps to reach this goal. “For German universities, there are language barriers, and tuition costs that are higher than the needs of Ukrainian universities. Also, to get a visa, I have to meet a number of conditions. I think I have to go through a number of steps.” For a Moroccan student, the problem is the time it takes to learn the language and get a study visa, “the steps to getting a visa take a long time নয় not to mention that it takes at least a year to learn German.”
DAAD is the gateway to German higher education for students and researchers from around the world In addition to scholarships, the educational institute, which was established in 1925, offers various study programs for young people inside and outside Germany, including students from Morocco. Moroccan students, who are interested in continuing their studies in Germany, can get ample information from Morocco in the Student and Academics section.
The authorities, through their website, provide advice by e-mail or phone to students wishing to study at a German university. Among other informational services, the University Admissions Database provides information on the need to study in Germany, with relevant options for those interested from Morocco.
DAAD’s information platform, known as “MyGudie”, helps students choose a place to study in Germany and introduces them to the steps to apply for a study place. The Scholarship Database includes 94 scholarships for interested young people from Morocco in various fields.
Starting from years of missing studies and scratches in Ukraine, many students returning from Ukraine have a disturbing anxiety that sometimes loses their hope and sometimes feels the pressure and fear of what might happen to them in the future.
Educational qualifications recognized in Germany
Michael Flack, a spokesman for the German cultural exchange DAAD, explained to “Immigrant News” that Ukraine has become a member of “Bologna” in response to a question about the fate of the years of educational achievement of returning students from Ukraine. Agreement since 2005. It is an agreement signed for the first time among 29 European countries to improve the academic level of European universities, to attract international students and to assist them in various scientific fields worldwide. The spokesman stressed that “this means that many academic achievements of Ukrainian students are recognized here in Germany, and they will not go in vain and all their efforts will be wasted.”
To facilitate this move, anabin.de provides general information about the process of evaluating foreign diplomas for students, as well as the application process for recognition of foreign educational qualifications by German universities and institutions.
Despite his difficult situation, Nasim is trying to continue his university studies from afar through the internet, but this possibility is not without technical problems due to the current war. It does not allow students to study all educational materials, as Moroccan students insisted.
Regarding his current hopes, Nassim said he now wants to end the war in Ukraine as soon as possible and reach a solution to calm the two sides of the crisis so that he and the rest of his fellow students can return and finish their studies there. Because he believes that this is the solution. But at the same time, he worries that the war will continue for a long time, which could negatively affect their future, which is still shrouded in uncertainty at the present time.