Cadi Ayyad University
جامعة القاضي عياض
Established1978 (1978)
PresidentPr. Moulay Lhassan HBID
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Abdelkrim Khattabi Avenue
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31°39′58″N 8°00′00″W / 31.666°N 8.000°W / 31.666; -8.000Coordinates: 31°39′58″N 8°00′00″W / 31.666°N 8.000°W / 31.666; -8.000
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Cadi Ayyad University (Arabic: جامعة القاضي عياض jāmiʿat al-qāḍī ʿayyāḍ, French: Université Cadi Ayyad) is a university in Marrakesh and one of the largest universities in Morocco. One of its associated colleges, 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-Safi region of Morocco in four main cities, including Kalaa of Sraghna, Essaouira and Safi in addition to Marrakesh.[3]

Branches of study

Cadi Ayyad University has established, since 1978, 13 institutions,[3] which are:

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 & Hafez 1999, p. 74.
  3. ^ a b c "The University". Cadi Ayyad University. Archived from the original on 3 November 2012. 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