Recently some of our students took a trip to Rabat, Morocco. Whilst there, they visited the Université Internationale de Rabat and the Human Rights Council of Morocco, as well as a tour of historical Rabat. Mariana, who was on the trip, shared her experiences below.

Hi guys!

My name is Mariana, I’m from Brazil and currently in the fourth and final semester of EUROSUD. I’m here to show you a little bit about our trip to Morocco!

The first visit we did was to the Université Internationale de Rabat to get to know more about the Medina Masters. The Medina Program brings a holistic perspective on North Africa and Arabic studies covering political, cultural, gender, and urban perspectives of the region, with a historical approach to the region and the latest developments.

In the afternoon we had a tour around historical Rabat with Abdel (@abdelsrabattours on Instagram) and it was very interesting! We visited the Mausoleum of Mohamed V, the Hassan Tower, the Bab el Rahba, the Old Jewish Quarter, the Old Medina and the Kasbah of the Udayas. It was a very beautiful walk, the historical sites were amazing, and we had tea with beautiful views of the Udayas.

Our third visit was to the Human Rights Council of Morocco, where we could understand better how the Council works in association with international institutes and according to the UN guidelines, and also to ask questions about the development of the human rights agenda in Morocco.

Our fourth visit was to the Policy Center for the New South, which is a Moroccan think tank aiming to contribute to the improvement of economic and social public policies that challenge Morocco and the rest of Africa as integral parts of the global South. After, we had the opportunity to meet some leadership of the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University.

And of course, we could not leave Morocco without buying souvenirs from the Old Medina! But fun fact: we got lost and we were helped by this lovely girl that lives in the Medina and her dog.