Ph.d. student at UIR

I am a second year Ph.D. student at Université Internationale de Rabat under the supervision of Dr. Ghita Mezzour. I also work with Dr. Ismail Kassou and Dr. Kathleen M Carley. My thesis focuses on improving education and employability in Morocco using data science.

I graduated from l'Ecole nationale supérieure d'informatique et d'analyse des systèmes in 2014, in business intelligence.

Research interests

The mismatch between higher education and the job market is a major cause of the high youth unemployment rate in Morocco. Reducing this mismatch requires well-informed policies and reforms. However, current approaches mainly rely on expert opinion and not empirical evidence. The aim of my thesis is to identify the needs of the job market in Morocco using empirical methods. This identification is performed through the analysis of different format of textual data found online. This work can help universities adapt their curricula in order to better match the needs of the job market. This work can also help students to become more employable by developing specific skills.

As a first step, I gathered online job ads in order to proceed with Moroccan job market analysis. The analysis draws the big picture of the offshore sector job market needs in Morocco, which is a growing sector. Now, I am working on the generalization of hard skills extraction from job offers to all sectors, besides building a soft skill taxonomy to better identify soft skills within job offers.

I also, participated in the organization of meetings / discussion panels with job market stakeholders in order to discuss the analysis.


  • Imane Khaouja, Ghita Mezzour, Kathleen M. Carley, and Ismail Kassou. Building a Soft Skill Taxonomy from Job Openings. Social Network Analysis and Mining 9(1) 1:43, July 2019 Link, Code.
  • Imane Khaouja, Ibrahim Rahhal, Mehdi El Ouali, Ghita Mezzour, Kathleen M. Carley, and Ismail Kassou. Analyzing the Needs of the Offshore Sector in Morocco by mining job ads . IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), April 2018, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain PDF
  • Imane Khaouja, Ibtissam Makdoun, Ghita Mezzour, Ibrahim Rahhal, Hanane Benchekroun, Yousra El Hatib, and Ismail Kassou. Social Network Analysis of Job Market Stakeholders in Morocco . Short paper, International Conference on Social Computing, Behavioral-Cultural Modeling & Prediction and Behavior Representation in Modeling and Simulation (SBP-BRiMS), July 2017, Washington, DC, USA. PDF

Events i helped organize

  • Meeting with job market stakeholders: The purpose of this meeting was to exchange information and discuss the analysis with other participants from different job market stakeholders categories (private sector, public sector, recruitment agencies, funders, youth, civil societies, and vocational schools). Event flyer, Picture 1, Picture 2
  • Social Network Analysis training: The training was held at the International University of Rabat, where the participants had the opportunity to discover some features of ORA software, a tool for Social network Analysis. Event flyer