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Farida El-Fassi, a university professor specializing in nuclear physics, was recently crowned, according to the “Alper Doger scientific index”, 160th worldwide in the ranking of the world’s most influential researchers, occupying second place in Africa and the Arab world.
“El Día 24” welcomed El Fassi in an interview, speaking with her about the crowning and international recognition of her effort, as well as the reality of scientific research in Morocco, seen by the professor specializing in nuclear physics, after 26 years of research and study, 19 of which he spent abroad.
Farida El Fassi proudly says that she is a pure product of the Moroccan University, since she was born in Larache, and studied high school and high school in the same city, before moving to Tetouan to complete her university studies.
El Fassi, who is currently studying at the Faculty of Sciences of the Mohammed V University of Rabat, confirmed that at the end of 1995 he moved to Spain to complete his postgraduate studies, to get involved in the “Atlas” scientific project, which lasted two decades. , with the participation of 24 countries, including Morocco.
El Fassi received his doctorate in Spain, and worked in international scientific research centers in Europe, especially those specialized in nuclear research, to conclude that his scientific career was very long, before deciding to return to Morocco, to benefit his country from his experience.
The Moroccan researcher expressed her pride for Moroccans celebrating the coronation of two Moroccans in the international index of the most influential scientists, saying that their coronation is a great honor for Morocco.
Regarding the reality of scientific research in Morocco, Farida El Fassi believes that Morocco is obliged to make a greater effort to support scientific research, and advocated getting involved in the process of scientific research, which, according to her, requires “an effort personal, as well as support from the state.”
The nuclear physics researcher believes that scientific research in Morocco faces several challenges, the most important of which is weak capacities.
Regarding the Moroccan brain drain, the researcher believes that Moroccan frameworks should take care of themselves and have more opportunities to serve their country, highlighting that one of the reasons for the brain drain is the absence of a suitable environment for work, and points out that everyone bears their responsibility, because what is important in the end is the interest of the country.
Farida El Fassi urged support for scientific research centers in Moroccan universities, saying that the country’s prosperity depends on supporting scientific research and providing working conditions.