Mohammed VI Polytechnic University ( UM6P) is a Moroccan non-profit private research university. Its main campus is located in Ben Guerir, near Marrakech, with branches in Rabat and Laayoune. The university is an institution oriented towards applied research and innovation and is engaged in economic and human development, with a focus on African development.
The university hosted its first cohort of students in 2013 before being officially inaugurated on January 12, 2017.Since then, the university has continued to expand to become a leading research institution for collaborations between Africa and Europe. UM6P also hosts the most powerful supercomputer in Africa.The UM6P federates a number of schools and research institutes, some of which predate the existence of the university. The university has numerous international partnerships with universities around the globe, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Columbia Business School, Max Planck Society, HEC Paris, Mines ParisTech, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, McGill University, and Sciences Po.It was originally established by the charitable foundation of the state-owned OCP Group. It prioritises research and innovation relevant to Morocco and Africa by focusing on topics such as industrialization, food security, sustainable development, mining, behavioural and social sciences. An associated Institute of Advanced Studies that will house visiting scientists from all around the world is being created.