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The university was founded in 2009 by the computer scientist Noureddine Mouaddib with the support of the Moroccan state and the Caisse de dépôt et de gestion (CDG) (French for Deposit and Management Fund). It started its activities in September 2010, following the foundation stone-laying ceremony by king Mohammed VI. The university, the first of its kind in Morocco, was created under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, of Scientific research and managerial staff Training. The UIR is committed to support major development projects in the country (energy action plan, industrial growth, aerospace, automotive, logistics, digital Morocco, sustainable development, NHDI, green Morocco)through training, research, innovation and technology transfer. The International University of Rabat has chosen to locate near the science park of Salé (Technopolis Rabat-Salé, actually in Sala al-Jadida) to strengthen exchanges between the university and the business world.