The Moroccan fertilizer giant OCP-Group and the Israeli ICL signed a memorandum of understanding for the promotion of applied research and academic excellence with the support of UM6P and the Ben-Gurion University of Negev.
OCP Group and Israel Chemicals (ICL Group) team up to promote sustainability. The two signed on Tuesday in Benguerir a memorandum of understanding for the promotion of applied research and academic excellence through the financing of programs focused on sustainability jointly carried out by the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) intended for students, faculty and collaborators of the two respective universities.
This partnership, which provides an institutional framework for the commitment of the two universities in favor of sustainability, revolves around multidisciplinary fields focused on the challenges of the contemporary world: Food security, restaurant ecology, smart and sustainable agriculture, water, climate change, remote sensing, renewable energies, entrepreneurship, venture capital, the hotel industry, etc. It will notably enable experts and scientific researchers from the two institutions to hold together a series of scientific meetings (seminars, conferences, workshops, symposiums, etc.) structured around these themes.
This collaboration will notably enable scientific experts and researchers from the two institutions to hold together a series of scientific meetings (seminars, conferences, workshops, symposiums, etc.) structured around these themes.
For the implementation of this partnership, the OCP Group and ICL will provide financial support with a total envelope of $ 600,000: $ 300,000 from the OCP for UM6P and the same amount from ICL for the Israeli university.
“We believe that one of the best ways to support sustainability, and move from research to impact, is to collaborate around world-class science programs within institutions such as Mohammed VI Polytechnic University and the Ben-Gurion University,” said Mr. Mostafa Terrab, Chairman and CEO of OCP Group.
In this sense, Mr. Terrab stressed that “investing in research with strategic partners such as the ICL Group is essential to ensure that concrete, science-based solutions help to feed the world in a sustainable way”.
For his part, Mr. Raviv Zoller, President and CEO of ICL, noted that “positive developments in Israel’s foreign relations have opened up possibilities for us to build new relationships and create new collaborations”, adding that the ICL “is delighted to take this historic step with OCP to advance sustainability research and support our local universities in their efforts to make a difference in their communities and beyond.”
“Joining forces – to share decades of experience and knowledge – is essential to develop innovative research and development solutions to meet the challenges of sustainability around the world,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Daniel Chamovitz, president of Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, said “BGU and UM6P have a lot in common. From their arid-zone environment to their focus on applied research and innovative teaching methods, the two universities are well placed to collaborate on sustainable development and climate change projects.”
For his part, Hicham El Habti, president of UM6P, expressed his confidence that “the collaboration with Ben-Gurion University, one of the main research universities in Israel and one of the world leaders in sustainable development and in many other fields of predilection of UM6P, will make major and concrete contributions to our research program”.
“There are many synergies between our two institutions and a common vision that places innovation, applied research, and technology transfer for the benefit of the development of skills and scientific and technological advances of tomorrow, both keys to the future of the planet,” he explained.