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Mohammed V University

Mohammed V University
Université Mohammed-V de Rabat
LanguageArabic, French, English and Spanish
University rankings
Global – Overall
QS World[1]1201–1400 (2024)
THE World[2]1201–1500 (2024)
USNWR Global[3]=1002 (2023)

Mohammed V University (Arabic: جامعة محمد الخامس, French: Université Mohammed-V) is a public university in Rabat, Morocco. It was founded in 1957 under a royal decree (Dahir). It is the first modern university in Morocco after the University of al-Qarawiyyin in Fez. It is named after Mohammed V of Morocco.


The university was founded in 1957. It is named for Mohammed V, the former King of Morocco who died in 1961.

In 1993, it was divided into two independent universities: Mohammed V University at Agdal and Mohammed V University at Souissi.

In September 2014 the two universities merged into one, known as Mohammed V University, but maintaining the two campuses. The university has 18 total colleges as of 2020.

On 3 January 2018 , the university launched the first professional bachelor's degree in Music in Morocco.[4]

In June 2021, the university was included in the CWTS Leiden ranking for its first time.[5]

On 23 February 2023, Mohammed V University and Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization signed an agreement establishing the “ICESCO Open Education Chair” at the university for “equitable access to inclusive and quality education”.[6]

Notable Alumni

Arts and Science

  • Mohammed Abed Al Jabri, Moroccan academic and philosopher; he graduated from the university with a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1967 and a PhD in 1970.[7]
  • Soumia Fahd, Moroccan herpetologist
  • Laila Lalami, Moroccan novelist now working in the United States, 2015 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for The Moor's Account, a fictional novel of the historic figure Estevanico, the first black explorer of North America and one of four survivors of the 1527 Narvaez expedition.
  • Ahmed Toufiq, Moroccan writer and historian who has served as Minister for Islamic Affairs in the government of Morocco since 2002.

Politics and Diplomacy

See also


  1. ^ "QS World University Rankings: Université Mohammed V de Rabat". Top Universities. 29 June 2023. Retrieved 29 June 2023.
  2. ^ "Université Mohammed V de Rabat". Times Higher Education (THE). 28 September 2023. Retrieved 28 September 2023.
  3. ^ U.S. News & World Report. "Université Mohammed V de Rabat". Retrieved 27 February 2024.
  4. ^ Staff Writer. "Rabat's Mohammed V University Launches First Bachelor's Degree in Music". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  5. ^ Daoudi, Safae. "Mohammed V University Appears on CWTS Leiden Ranking for the First Time". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  6. ^ "Signing of agreement establishing ICESCO open education chair at Mohammed V University in Rabat". HESPRESS English - Morocco News. 2023-02-23. Retrieved 2023-02-23.
  7. ^ "Mohammed Abed al-Jabri". Ibn Rushd Organization. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  8. ^ Hekking, Morgan. "Morocco's Prince Moulay Rachid Celebrates 50th Birthday". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  9. ^ "Biography of HM. King Mohammed VI". 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  10. ^ Staff Writer. "Abdelilah Benkirane, the mysterious "Master of the Lamp Party"". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  11. ^ Sana Ajmi, Rafik Abdessalem Archived 2012-03-11 at the Wayback Machine, Tunisia Live, 17 December 2011
  12. ^ Kasraoui, Safaa. "Moroccan Zohour Alaoui Elected President of UNESCO 39th General Conference". moroccoworldnews. Retrieved 2023-04-08.
  13. ^ Olga C.V. (8 August 1976). "El Sáhara ha perdido a Lulei" (in Spanish). El Eco de Canarias. Retrieved 2010-09-21.
  14. ^ Legg, Paul (2016-06-06). "Mohamed Abdelaziz obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2023-04-08.

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