Project profile — University Partnership Morocco and Lebanon


Université de Montréal - Office of Research Services and Development (CA-CRA_ACR-2108160995)
2017-03-17 - 2023-01-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Lebanon (34.00%)
• Morocco (66.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Education policy and administrative management (11110) (55.00%)
• Higher education:
Higher education (11420) (15.00%)
Advanced technical and managerial training (11430) (30.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project supports four institutions of higher education: Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, Morocco; Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco; and Balamand University and St. Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. This project aims to strengthen the role of universities in workforce training and business growth. It supports micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those run by women. The project also aims to facilitate the diversification of training program offerings through increased use of digital technologies. Project activities include: (1) strengthening targeted universities’ organizational management; (2) create skills for employment programs that are better suited to the needs of businesses and labour markets; and (3) strengthen collaboration between these universities and private sector companies. This initiative is managed by the University of Montreal - CHUM, International Health Unit.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased management-related training, including the implementation of new policies, procedures, and regulations benefiting 80% of the administrators and employees of the four universities; (2) development or revision of professional skills programs benefiting 1600 students in Morocco and 400 students in Lebanon; (3) continuing education activities provided by the universities in partnership with the private sector benefiting 800 students in Morocco and 400 students in Lebanon; (4) Increased support for business development for 120 young entrepreneurs in both countries.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (April 2023) include: (1) supported the revision of training programs in high-demand fields to enhance the employability of young graduates. Achievements include the creation of Lebanon's first university program in occupational therapy, the overhaul of programs in environmental management, public health, and family medicine in Morocco, and the strengthening of the nursing program in Lebanon; (2) strengthened university management. Universities have set up continuous training programs for administrative staff, improving organizational management that takes gender equality and inclusion into account. They have also improved policies, regulations, guidelines and procedures for better coordination of university activities; and (3) developed distance learning and digital learning platforms. Partner universities have developed distance learning programs and e-learning platforms. This has widened access to education and modernized teaching and learning methods.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
07-06-2022 Disbursement $27,845
07-06-2022 Disbursement $814,865
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
Date modified: