Rahma Bourqia has extensive work experience in the academic field and educational reform. She was the dean of the School of Literature and Social Sciences at Hassan II University Mohammedia from 1998 and the president of the University from 2002 until 2010. She was the first woman to be appointed to the presidency of a Moroccan university until 2010. She is also the first woman to be nominated as a member of the Royal Academy Morocco. She holds a PhD in sociology from Manchester University in the United Kingdom.
Prof. Bourqia has conducted extensive research on a variety of issues specifically in the areas of rural sociology, political sociology, social and cultural anthropology of the Middle East, gender studies, youth, and sociology of education. Her research has been published in numerous journals in Arabic, French and English. Other academic activities include participation at conferences and meetings throughout the world and as an invited lecturer or presenter at research activities at universities in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
She was appointed by Morocco’s king to the committee created to discuss the status of women in Morocco, which led to the 2004 new family law that changed the legal status of women in her country. She is also a member of the Conference of Presidents of Moroccan Universities, a member of the Board of Trustees of Alexandrina Library in Egypt, and the President of the Board of Trustees of Arab Social Science Council in Beirut, Lebanon.
She received a British Council Grant; the Malcolm Kerr Awards from the Middle East Studies Association of North America; a Fulbright Grant from the Morocco American Commission; the Royal Medal from the Moroccan king; and the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite, granted by the president of France, and a second Royal Medal for Mérite.
Prof. Bourqia is recognized with honorary degrees honoris causa from Indiana State University in USA, from Liege University in Belgium, and from Université Paris Ouest Nanterre in France.