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IAI and Moroccan University Team on New AI and aeronautics Research Center

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IAI and UIR Reps Sign the agreement (photo credit UIR)

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has entered into a historic agreement with the International University of Rabat (UIR) in Morocco to establish a jointly run new research center dedicated to aeronautics and artificial intelligence. The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a center of excellence focused on aeronautics, artificial intelligence research and innovation.

There seems to be no end to the good things to come out of the Abraham Accords. Just a few short years ago, no one would have imagined such cooperation between an Israeli defense contractor and an Arab nation. But Israel signed a peace deal in 2016 with Bahrain and the UAE. And shortly thereafter, Morocco and Sudan also joined the Accords. Ever since, there have been almost nonstop revelations of new business deals between private companies from Israel and the Arab world as well as new security arrangements.

IAI and UIR said that their agreement aims to strengthen cooperation and partnership in applied research, innovation, co-development and incubation. It follows the signing of a partnership agreement a few months ago between Mr. Noureddine Mouaddib, President of UIR, and Eytan Eshel, CTO of IAI, in the presence of Amir Peretz, formerly Israel’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense, and Minister of Economy and Industry, and currently Chairman of Board of Directors of IAI, and Boaz Levy, President and CEO of the company.

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The Center of Excellence was described as a “pioneering initiative that aims to promote cutting-edge research, innovation, technology and the creation of competitive national tech startups.” The Center is intended to foster collaboration and collective intelligence among various stakeholders, including academic institutions.

The Center will also serve as a platform and space for exchange between Moroccan and Israeli companies, as well as research centers engaged in the co-development of advanced technological products or innovative solutions for the aerospace industry. It will contribute to strengthening Morocco’s position as an attractive competence hub and reinforce the strategic partnership between Morocco and Israel.

IAI’s Chairman of the Board, Amir Peretz, said, “We are fortunate to be hosted here thanks to the generous leadership of Professor Nurradin Mouaddib, the President of the University of Rabat. This innovative institution is a sign of a new future being forged in Morocco for both the present and future generations. The most vital mission is now to transform a dream into reality by establishing a program that will combine high-quality education across various fields, with a special emphasis on science and technology. By establishing the necessary industrial infrastructure, it will be possible to recruit new graduate students. Looking into the students’ eyes, I can see their strong determination to succeed in this new center, bringing forth ideas which hopefully will serve not only Morocco and Israel, but also the entire world.”

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