UEMF hosts an international scientific dissemination project on antimicrobial resistance and the fight against superbugs

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Micromonde, an international project developed in seventeen countries to bring together scientific culture and biomedical research at different educational levels and promote a vocation for research, closed its first edition on the campus of the Euromed University of Fez (UEMF) , with the participation of more than 100 students. During the last week, university students from the fields of Pharmacy, Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology, as well as teachers from the UEMF Health Center and the Department of Microbiology and Ecology of the University of Valencia (Spain ), supervised the performance of experiments aimed at discovering new bacterial strains producing antibiotics.

Nearly 100 students from the Euromed Faculty of Pharmacy and the Euromed School of Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology have followed specific training on the program. Five practical sessions were carried out, alternating with theoretical training during which students acquired ideas on the problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics and its socio-economic impact, while assimilating different experimental methodologies.

This project-based learning (PBL) is a different way of teaching that helps students think critically, work together, and actively solve problems.

Guest professor Mr. Sergi Maicas (project coordinator at the University of Valencia with Professor Belén Fouz) and Prof. Ismail Moukadiri (project coordinator at Euromed University) participated in the closing ceremony, as well as various officials of the UEMF, the Vice-President in charge of Research, Innovation and Partnerships, Pr. Salim Bounou, the Vice-President in charge of the Health Pole, Pr. Chakib Nejjari and the Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Prof. Samir Ahid.

Small World Initiative is an international scientific project that emerged at Yale University (United States) in 2012 as a strategy to encourage young people's vocation for scientific research and to address a pressing health problem such as need to find new antibiotics effective against infectious diseases. Success in its home country led the project to expand to many countries in the following years.

International consortiums

The UEMF-MicroMondeMaroc (UEMF-3M) project implemented international projects (Small World Initiative, Tiny Earth) as well as Spanish-Portuguese projects (MicroMundo) for the first time in Morocco. The project is financed by the UEMF. Professor Sergi Maicas participated thanks to cooperation support RI_IP_3186424 from the University of Valencia. The Micromundo project in Spain is supported by the Spanish Society of Microbiology and the National Antibiotic Resistance Plan, and its dissemination is ensured by the Scientific Culture Unit - Chair of Scientific Diffusion of the University of Valencia.