Fez has received a boost in its construction of low-cost social housing. This week, HM King Mohammed VI inspected progress on he social housing programme. The units cost 250,000 dirhams per unit and it is intended to build 13,579 housing units.
Shortly afterwards HM the King visited another programme for upgrading and extending the Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah university. The project is said to be worth about 463 million dirhams.
This integrated programme, which is part of the 2009-2012 emergency plan for the reform of the education and training system, aims at setting up two balanced university hubs, with 26,000 students each, upgrading accommodation structures and replacing prefabricated buildings.
The programme also provides for the creation of the National School for Applied Sciences (ENSA), whose construction works the Monarch launched, for a budget of 30 million dirhams.
The ENSA-Fez, to be built on 7,000 square meters, is part of efforts aimed at achieving the goals of the “10,000 engineer initiative” and meeting the regional demand in respect of promoting training in the area of engineering.
The institution, which is due to be operational by end 2012, will include 28 classrooms, a lecture theater, a building for teaching, an administrative bloc, a cafeteria, and a sports hall.