Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Enhancing Morocco, Engaging the World

Enhancing Morocco, Engaging the World


Ifrane, September 7, 2012 – The start of Fall 2012 marks the beginning of new opportunities for students to attend the different campus activities and plan their college life.

After a rich orientation week, both freshmen and continuing students explored what the Club Fair, the Study Abroad Fair, and the Athletic Fair had to offer. .

The Club Fair, held on September 3, 2012, is a university tradition and an opportunity for student clubs and organizations to advertise their activities and encourage student involvement. A variety of clubs were present during this semester’s fair to recruit new members, particularly freshmen. The Fair recorded an attendance of 700 members of Al Akhawayn community, mainly students and faculty. Representatives from each club managed booths where they showcased their previous activities and projects, and invited potential members to sign up. Music blared through the venue of the fair, the University main soccer field, as clubs and organizations handed out flyers and the attendance danced to the tunes. 

Al Akhawayn University is home to more than 40 clubs and organizations that represent virtually every field from diplomacy, culture, communication, art, media, and entertainment, to charity, community development, and more. 


“Joining student clubs on campus is not only a fun way to make friends, they are also a very important part of college and life preparation,” said Cherif Bel Fekih, Vice President for Student Affairs. “After graduation, students would have built and polished their personal and professional skills thanks to their involvement in clubs and organizations. The extracurricular activities are imperative for future job success and to the Liberal Arts approach Al Akhawayn University has opted for.”

Another Al Akhawayn tradition, the Study Abroad Fair, attracted a large number of students including freshmen on September 5-6, 2012. The Fair displayed information about Al Akhawayn’s international partner universities offering study abroad opportunities for students. 

“I received so much information about partner universities from the Study Abroad Fair,” said Mohamed Tahiri Squalli, an engineering student. “I also got valuable advice and tips regarding fees, selection criteria, and programs.”

Al Akhawayn University is committed to offer an international experience to its students. 41% of students from the Class of 2012 spent, at least, one semester abroad. 

“The volume of international exchanges with partner institutions is increasing,” said Amy Fishburn, Director of the Office of International Programs. “We are an international institution with a multicultural campus,” 

Al Akhawayn University has bilateral exchange program partnerships with more than 300 institutions in 50 countries across the world. This semester, 60 Al Akhawayn students are placed in 37 universities in 8 countries including Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and the US. 111 international students from 15 foreign countries across the globe are currently at Al Akhawayn University.

The Athletic Fair, to be held on September 11, 2012, is also an opportunity to introduce students to official sport teams and clubs. The Athletic Department at Al Akhawayn University provides a variety of sports and encourages students to join competitions both nationally and internationally. 

“Our athletic program is an integral part of the overall educational process at Al Akhawayn University. Through sports, students are taught leadership, discipline, team building, and sportsmanship,” said Adel Kamane, Director of Athletics.

Committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English-language, liberal arts curriculum based on the American system, Al Akhawayn University enhances Morocco and engages the world through cutting-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, upholds the highest academic and ethical standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility. (excerpt from Al Akhawayn’s mission)