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About the Project

Project no. 101083054

Duration of the project: March 2023 – March 2026 (36 months)

The Moroccan Higher Education (HE) sector is facing significant change as it moves to enhance accessibility and quality for students, and impact for its economy and society. The reform and restructuring of the HE system in Morocco needed to deliver on these objectives is being slowed by a lack of leadership capacity. Universities in Morocco need to build the capacity of their leaders for governance, strategic planning and management in order to deliver these reforms. The project addresses the need for development for university leaders in Morocco through the creation and implementation of a National Leadership Development Centre (NLDC) and an associated certificated national leadership development programme (NLDP). When creating the NLDC and its NLDP, it will create the constitution and operating procedures for the centre; structures and materials to support the programme; and identify and equip dedicated facilities where the development activities will take place. Learning will take place through networking meetings, lectures from visiting speakers, action learning sets, and promote immediate improvements through national change projects. The project will develop and execute staff training workshops for Moroccan university staff responsible for establishing the new centre and implementing the programme. During the life of the project, 132 Moroccan HE leaders and managers will engage with the NLDC and benefit from the NLDP with a demonstrable impact on their capacity to operate the governance, strategic plans and management of HEIs. In the 5 years following the project, it is expected that additional leaders will benefit from taking the NLDP and that at least 10 additional Moroccan HEIs will have adopted it for leadership development. All HEIs in Morocco will engage with the NLDC for leadership development through activities including a leadership conference. Together these actions will enhance the capacity for reform nationally.

Project Governance

Steering Group

1 member from each partner institution

Management Team

Project Lead & Project Admin/Finance from AUI

Supported by EMUNI (Coordinator of EU Partners)

WP Leads

AUI (WP 1 & 4)


UMI (WP 3)


External Evaluator

Works independently of the MT and SG

Reports quarterly to the SG

Reviews quarterly reports from each partner and WPL

Advisory Board

Coordinated by UGR

At least 6 virtual meetings

+ 1 member from the UK & 1 from Indonesia

National Leadership Development Centre

is a nationally recognized institution that serves as a dedicated hub for the training and development of leaders and administrators in the realm of higher education. It is dedicated to nurturing and enhancing the leadership skills and capabilities of professionals responsible for the governance, management, and administration of universities, colleges, and other higher education institutions. The primary mission of the NLDC is to support the growth, innovation, and effective leadership of these institutions.

National Leadership Development Program

is a meticulously structured initiative with a national scope, purposefully created to offer an all-encompassing approach to leadership training and development tailored to professionals occupying leadership roles in the higher education sector. The fundamental objective of this NLDP is to empower current and future leaders with the essential knowledge, skills, and competencies required to excel in leadership roles within universities, colleges, and other academic institutions. The program is thoughtfully designed to augment their capacity to navigate the distinctive challenges and intricacies inherent to leadership in the higher education landscape.

The project has 3 EU partners, 1 Government Partner (Ministry of HESRI) and 11 Moroccan HEI partners, an Advisory Group and External Evaluator. The project will be managed through 3 overlapping groups (each with specific responsibilities) in addition to the External Evaluator and the Advisory Board:

The SG will be responsible for project oversight and will make strategic decisions that affect delivery. The SG will assess progress against targets, and achievement of objectives and outputs. It will initiate corrective actions as required to ensure delivery and will be the place to resolve any conflict that may arise. The SG will comprise one person from each partner in order to provide an equal balance and ensure ownership of all actions.

The MT will be responsible for day-to-day management of the project and partners. It will ensure compliance with Erasmus+ rules and regulations and act as the administrative contact and liaison with the external EU Project Officer. It will ensure reporting is carried out by all partners and will, in turn, be responsible for reporting to the EU Project Office. It will facilitate and support all partners in the implementation of their activities as defined in the application. The MT will comprise project lead and project admin/finance from AUI, with support from EMUNI as coordinator of the EU partners.

WPLs are those partners with the most appropriate expertise. The WPLs will be responsible for, and take ownership of, their work package. They will coordinate all partners who have involvement in the delivery of their work package and will be responsible for any associated deliverables. The WPLs are P1 (AUI) for WP1 and WP4, P3 (UEMF) for WP2, P4 (UMI) for WP3, and P2 (MHESRI) for WP5. The MT will facilitate all activities approved by the SG and support the WPLs in the delivery of their work packages. The MT will also support non-WPL partners. Each partner will be expected to report quarterly on progress and budget to the MT, ensuring that each partner takes ownership of their activities. Quarterly reports will be submitted electronically. Following this, the MT will provide management information to the SG at each face-to-face/virtual meeting. In addition, at each meeting all WPLs will be expected to report back on the progress of their work package. This will enable the SG to monitor overall progress and to put in place any corrective actions. As their activity will already be covered in the quarterly written reports, WPLs will make verbal reports at each partnership meeting. The Associated Partners and External Evaluator will take part in a number of meetings/workshops (as defined in their terms) in order to provide independent quality assurance, advice and guidance during the project.

The allocation of resources, as defined in the budget, is based on a thorough assessment of the resources needed to deliver all project outputs.

The EE will act as a critical professional who works independently of the MT and SG. Using electronic and face-to-face contact (including attending meetings) the EE will explore, with all partners and end users, the progress and quality of the processes followed, as well as the project outcomes. The EE will report quarterly to the SG, as well as raising any urgent issues with the MT and WPLs as required. As part of the quality assurance activities, the EE will review quarterly reports from each partner and WPL.

The AG, including a representative of the Higher Education Academy, UK and Prof. Djoko Santoso (ex-Director General of Higher Education ex-Rector of Universitas Indonesia) will advise on the appropriateness of the planned activities and their perceptions of the quality of the developments. They will advise the SG, being a source of constructive criticism. Coordinated by UGR, they will meet virtually at least 6 times during the project.