During President François Hollande's official visit to Morocco, a convention on the creation of Ecole Centrale Casablanca was signed on April 3 this year at the Royal Palace of Casablanca; the signing was attended by King Mohamed VI, President of the Republic François Hollande and Hervé Biausser, Director of Ecole Centrale Paris. The distinguished French Grande Ecole (top-level graduate school) and Morocco have long had close ties; to date, 312 graduates from the Paris school work in Morocco and Ecole Centrale Paris has registered 145 Moroccan students in its engineering courses.
Ecole Centrale Casablanca, which is scheduled to open in 2014, will be built according to the model of its distinguished Parisian forebear and enjoy a particular and suitable status so that it can meet the requirements and standards of the French Ecoles Centrales. A nonprofit foundation called Fondation Ecole Centrale Casablanca, will be created for the purpose of setting up a school of higher education.
Ecole Centrale Casabalanca is part of the Moroccan plan for the development of industry that became operational with the 2009-2015 National Pact for Industrial Emergence. Ecole Centrale Casablanca meets the goal set by Ecole Centrale Paris to train more general engineers with a strong international culture and a high scientific and technological level, who will be become future expert leaders in the launch and management of innovative projects.