Ibrahim RAHHAL

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 Mohammadia School of Engineers in 2016, in computer science, information system.

Basic Information

  • Address:

    UIR, Rabat

  • email:


  • Date of Birth:

    3 August, 1993

  • Language

    Arabic, English and French

  • Gender



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 nature of communication between stakeholders in Morocco using empirical methods. To do so we analyze different format of textual data like report, news and questionnaires about these stakeholders. This work can help us understand the nature of the exchange between stakeholders and identify their main focus. This work can also help us suggest recommendations to reduce youth unemployment.


Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, USA
September 2018 - November 2018

Internship at the Institute of software research. I worked on analyzing the perceptions of employment job market stakeholders.

ENSIAS & International University of Rabat (UIR), Rabat, Morocco

Ph.D student in Analysis of sentiment and opinion. Thesis in co-supervision between ENSIAS and UIR "Leveraging Data Science Techniques to predict Job Market Trends in Morocco".

Mohammadia School of Engineers (EMI), Rabat, Morocco

Computer Science Engineering, Information System.

Lycée Moulay Driss, Fes, Morocco

Preparatory classes, Mathematics ans physics.

Lycée AL Jabr, Fes , Morocco
2010 - 2011

Scientific baccalaureat, Mathematical Science.


Ibrahim Rahhal, Ibtissam Makdoun, Ghita Mezzour, Imane Khaouja, Kathleen M. Carley, and Ismail Kassou. Analyzing Cybersecurity Job Market Needs in Morocco by Mining Job Ads. IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), April 2019, Dubai, Émirats arabes unis. PDF

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

Conferences, Presentations and Courses Attended

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: In this seminary different real examples of the use of Social network Analysis in solving problems and understanding phenomena were presented with other features on ORA software a tool developed by CASOS at Carnegie Mellon.Event flyer