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Posted by on Nov 22, 2020 in News |

The Council’s Seminar Series


The High Council of Moroccan American Scholars and Academics (HC-MASA; The Council) is pleased to launch “The Council’s Seminar Series” starting on Thursday November 19th, 2020. The seminar series in an occasion for the Council Members and invitees to present on different subjects of research, scientific advances, higher education issues, and much more.

The first episode was entitled “Studies in US” and presented by Prof. Abdelmajid Kassem of Fayetteville State University and Prof. Khalid Meksem of Southern Illinois University. A link to the presentation is available on YouTube and the video is below.


The Council’s Seminar Series 1 (Nov. 19, 2020)


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Posted by on Jul 31, 2019 in News |

Newly Elected Board of Directors

The High Council of Moroccan—American Scholars and Academics Elected Its New Board of Directors


The Council elected its new Board of Directors on February 7, 2019. The new Board of Directors Composition is below and the members will serve for a three-years term (2019-2021).



Abdelmajid Kassem, PhD, Professor and Dept. Chair, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Fayetteville State University, USA



Khalid Meksem, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems, Southern Illinois University, USA.



Abdelhafid Bendahmane, PhD, Research Director, INRA, France


VP-MEA & Africa (Middle East & Africa):

El Hassan Achbani, PhD, INRA, Morocco



Sanaa Rajaallah, BS, Fayetteville, NC, USA


Member at Large-USA:

Mohammed Boutjdir, PhD, Professor, State University of New York, NY, USA

Member at Large-USA:

Abdeslem El Idrissi, PhD, Professor, City University of New York, NY, USA

Member at Large-USA:

Naoufal Lakhssassi, PhD, Research Associate, Southern Illinois University, USA


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Posted by on Jun 12, 2013 in News |

Meeting of the American Moroccan Competencies in Rabat, Morocco – Saturday June 15, 2013, Rabat, Morocco

By Abdelmajid Kassem, PhD*

In its attempt to mobilize Moroccan competencies abroad, the Ministry of Moroccans Residing Abroad (MRA) organizes a Meeting with the Moroccans residing in the United States of America on June 15, 2013 in Rabat, Morocco.

This meeting, organized in partnership with the American Moroccan Competencies Network (AMCN;, is a follow up to the first meeting organized in New York City on June 23, 2012 during which approximately 50 projects have been submitted and presented in four major areas which are Energy, Water and the Environment, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Industry and Entrepreneurship, and Human Development.

The objective of this meeting is to involve the American Moroccan Competencies to the development of Morocco and stimulate economic, trading, and technologic cooperation between the USA and Morocco. The US project leaders will meet with their interested Moroccan partners, discuss the projects, and put the ideas presented in New York into concrete actions in Morocco.

This meeting will be attended by approximately 80 participants, among 20 American Moroccan Competencies and will be held Saturday June 15, 2013 at the Conference Center of the Ministry of Equipment and Transport in Rabat, Morocco.

This article is translated into English from the French version published by the Ministry of MRA.

* Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, NC

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Posted by on Jun 19, 2012 in News |

AMAS Conference I

By Abdelmajid Kassem

Atlas Publishing, LP is organizing “The First International American Moroccan Agricultural Sciences Conference – AMAS Conference I” that will be held in the beautiful capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, Rabat on March 18-19, 2013. Rabat is famous for its historic monuments such as the Hassan Tower, the Oudayas, the old town (Medina), and much more.

Atlas Publishing, LP  is the main sponsor of AMAS Conference which is going to be a biannual international conference that will be organized in Morocco. However, the conference is also co-sponsored by the High Council of Moroccan American Scholars and Academic (HC-MASA), The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Moroccans Living Abroad, The Moroccan Airline (Royal Air Maroc), and several other entities.

The Conference will take place at the Hassan Tower Hotel in Rabat which is a “Prestigious Moorish-Andalusian style 5* Hotel in Rabat city center. This prestigious hotel is close to Hassan Tower, Mosque and Mausoleum of Mohammed V. 15 minutes from the Dar Es Salem Royal Golf course, and the international airport” (1).

The Scientific Committee which is composed of world known scientists in various fields of Agricultural Sciences developed an attractive program with sessions in the Plant and Animal Genomic Sciences, and Higher Education. The conference will host a variety of speakers including internationally recognized experts in their fields, young scientists, and graduate students.


For more information, please visit the AMAS Conference website.



(1) The Hassan Tower Hotel

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 in News |

The American Moroccan Competencies Network (AMCN)

By Abdelmajid Kassem*

A Couple of American Moroccan Competencies led by Dr. Mohamed Boutjdir, a Professor at SUNY Down State in NY, created the “American Moroccan Competencies Network – AMCN” which is an entity who’s goals are to tie collaborations between Morocco and US in several areas of interest to the kingdom of Morocco:

1. Industry and New Technologies

2. Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research & Development

3. Moroccan Women and Development

4. Agriculture et Agro-Food

5. Sustainable Development and Protection of Environment

6. Human Development

The Ministry of Moroccans living abroad and AMCN are calling for projects to be submitted in one of these areas. The selected projects’ Authors/Project Directors will be called for a meeting that will be held New York City on June 23, 2012.   The requests for project (RFP) forms are available in English and French and can be downloaded here:



A flyer with examples of projects from our Canadian Network can be downloaded AMCN_RFP_6-23-2012


Please submit your proposals to: The deadline for projects submission is April 30, 2012.

Please circulate the news and RFPs to Moroccan Associations and colleagues in the US who may be interested in submitting projects.




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