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Morocco: ICESCO creates chair of “Women in Science” in Fez

The Organization of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Euromed University of Fez (UEMF), Monday…

The Organization of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the Euromed University of Fez (UEMF), Monday in Rabat, signed an agreement for the creation of the ICESCO chair of “Women in Science: Artificial Intelligence and the Future” within the university, ICESCO said a press release.Signed by Salim M. AlMalik, Director General of ICESCO, and Mostapha Bousmina, President of UEMF, the convention aims to promote scientific research on artificial intelligence and encourage the participation of girls and women in this field, through internships, workshops, doctoral theses and the promotion of the culture of prospecting, the same source went on.

According to ISESCO, the creation of this chair is part of the celebration of the Year of Women 2021, and reflects the fruitful cooperation between the Center for Strategic Foresight of ICESCO and UEMF in strengthening the culture of prospecting and encouraging the use of artificial intelligence in an ethical and sustainable framework, while ensuring gender equality.

The creation of this chair also reflects the need to strengthen the capacities of young girls, as well as their contribution to the field of artificial intelligence, the ISESCO further said.

For his part, the president of the UEMF stressed that this chair will strengthen the role of the School, created by the University, and completely dedicated to digital engineering and artificial intelligence (EIDIA), the first at the African scale.

According to him, this chair aims to carry out research in the field of artificial intelligence, attract a large number of students from ICESCO member countries and promote openness to the world through the signing of agreements with centers from different countries.

The chair proposes the development of partnerships at the international level and training in the fields of research, innovation and future jobs related to artificial intelligence, through the strengthening of the participation of women researchers, with studies and research being part of the Chair’s priorities.

It also aims to attract young researchers from ICESCO member countries to develop artificial intelligence algorithms and techniques for the benefit of society, the statement concluded.

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