Nabil El Maghrebi
Given its rich history rooted in traditional teachings in the triad of economics, management and law, our faculty can provide balanced views on the crisis from the economic, legal and managerial perspectives. Thus, students may have had the opportunity to reflect upon the effects of this crisis not only on the healthcare system, but also on public interest, individual rights, demographic trends, labour markets, financial markets, firm performances, and economic growth and development, among others. The next term may offer additional perspectives about the real challenges and difficult trade-offs between the risks to human life and the benefits of economic activity.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, albeit at varying velocity and irrespective of seasonal variations, it seems that these difficult tests may continue for some time, and for all segments of the society. Confronted with an increasing uncertainty, individuals tend to react differently depending on their levels of risk tolerance and risk aversion. Thus, the major outbreak presents indeed, a difficult test of system resilience and robustness at times of crises. But it is also a test of character, individual commitment, and discipline. It is also a test of solidarity and cohesion in the face of shared risks and complex problems.
As the end of the first term draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your patience and perseverance. It is a new normal dictated by new challenges in the teaching and learning environment. But it is also a new opportunity to embrace changes that can bring benefit to future generations. Based on the feedback from all stakeholders, including professors, administrative staff, and students, we will continue to improve. The new challenges should not affect our desire to spread knowledge, awareness and understanding.Educating the youth of today that shall build the tomorrow of society is an important and noble mission that has, perhaps, never been more challenging. Success, however, will depend on the degree of faith in our mission and the degree of sincerity in pursuing it.
Have a good rest, and let us meet again, online or in-person, with the same level of confidence, passion for teaching, and desire to learn.
Stay safe and healthy, and care for others as well.
Nabil El Maghrebi
Dean of the Faculty of Economics
Head of the Graduate School of Economics