The MACAT International Foundation announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mohammed V University in Rabat and Ibn Tufail University in Kenitra, under the auspices of the Moroccan Ministry of National Education to develop logical and critical thinking for students, with the aim of encouraging and motivating them on the values of ingenuity and innovation.
Salah Khalil, Executive Chairman of MACAT International confirmed that the MoU aims to measure and develop students’ self-abilities, logical and critical motivation and provide opportunities for them to innovate. The MoU will also enable them to acquire skills and competencies including community knowledge and positive requirements of labor market.
Khalil added that the UK-based foundation is working to meet the needs of investment in human capital, beginning with the higher education system and extending to the business sector and global labor markets by specializing in developing future skills and competencies of students, graduates and labor force.
He pointed out that since the company’s inception, more than $35 million have been invested in research and development (R&D) to complete a comprehensive methodology for measuring, and developing future skills and competencies.
He emphasized that future skills and competencies can be defined as the frame of reference for evaluating efficiency, effectiveness and competitiveness in individual and institutional performance to identify current strengths and weaknesses and to direct development efforts in higher education institutions, scientific research and employment.
The skills and competencies are defined as a set of human, general and specialized technical knowledge in line with the requirements of the New Economy characterized by continuous change and development, which reflects a more flexible and dynamic future work environment and depends on the nature of the predominant intelligence, which changed from manufacturing-based economy to a service-based one.
Khalil confirmed that the MACAT International Foundation, in cooperation with the University of Cambridge, UK, provided a modern scientific definition of logical and critical thinking, which it called Basir, consisting of defining a set of skills and key and sub-competencies of logical and critical thinking.