Cadi Ayyad University

Cadi Ayyad University
French: Université Cadi Ayyad
Established 1978 (1978)
Location Marrakesh, Morocco

Cadi Ayyad University (French: Université Cadi Ayyad) (also known as the University of Marrakesh), is a university in Marrakesh, one of the major universities of Morocco. One of its components, the École nationale des sciences appliquées de Marrakech (ENSA Marrakech), was created in 2000 by the Ministry of Higher Education and specializes in engineering and scientific research.[1][2] Cadi Ayyad University was established in 1978 and operates 13 institutions in the Marrakesh Tensift Elhaouz and Abda Doukkala regions of Morocco in four main cities, including Kalaa of Sraghna, Essaouira and Safi in addition to Marrakesh.[3]

Branches of study

Cadi Ayyad University, established in 1978, has 13 institutions which are: Faculty of Sciences Semlalia (1978–79), Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences (1978–79), Faculty of Law, Economic and Social Sciences (1978–79), Faculty of Sciences and Techniques (1991–92); Faculty of Sciences and Techniques (1997–98), National School of Applied Sciences, National School of Commerce and Management (2004–05) and Ecole Normale Supérieure, all in Marrakesh; Ecole Supérieure de Technologie in Essaouira; University Center (2007–08) in Kelaa of Essraghna; Ecole Supérieure de Technologie (1992–93), Faculté Polydisciplinaire (2003–04) and National School of Applied Sciences (2003–04) in Safi.[3] The number of students enrolled in Marrakesh is reported to be 41,669.[4]


Under the Morocco Oukaimeden Sky Survey (MOSS) Project, the University of Marrakesh discovered two major comets and one NEO, which resulted in the university gaining prestige by naming the asteroid 2007 NQ3 as Cadi Ayyad. The first discovery was comet P/2011 W2 (Rinner) on 25 November 2011 using a 500 mm telescope at the Oukaimeden Observatory. The second comet with the name C/2012 CH17 (MOSS) was discovered on 13 February 2011.[5] A near-Earth asteroid was discovered on the night of 15 to 16 November 2011 using a MOSS telescope.[3] A third comet was officially discovered in January 2013 was designated P/2013 CE31.[6]


  1. Arino, Hbid & Dads 2006, p. xxi.
  2. Casas, Solh & Dads 2006, p. 74.
  3. 1 2 3 "The University". Cadi Ayyad University. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  4. "Cadi Ayyad University (UCA)". Education Database. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  5. Minor Planet Center K12C48
  6. Minor Planet Center K13D23


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Coordinates: 31°39′58″N 8°00′00″W / 31.666°N 8.000°W / 31.666; -8.000

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