Going Global at Al Akhawayn
Ifrane, September 20, 2012 – The Office of International Programs at Al Akhawayn University organized on September 18, 2012 a reception to honor international students coming from different parts of the world as well as Al Akhawayn students returning from their study abroad programs.
Present at the ceremony were Al Akhawayn University President, university officials, and many students.
In his welcoming speech, President Ouaouicha offered students valuable advice to help them take advantage of their international experiences. “One’s mind should be open to see today’s world from different perspectives and to understand how the other thinks, reasons, and reacts,” he said. “There are challenging moments that you might live but these are very often the greatest opportunities to learn from. Those moments are important in fashioning the way you see the world, and impacting the way you react to it.”
This Fall semester, Al Akhawayn welcomed more than 100 visiting international students and 24 returning degree international students, and 179 Al Akhawayn students who were abroad during Spring 2012 and Summer 2012. The study abroad program has become popular at Al Akhawayn University and it has recorded a considerable growth. Al Akhawayn University has bilateral exchange program partnerships with more than 300 institutions in 50 countries across the world.
Among its strategic goals, Al Akhawayn continuously focuses on its internationalization as a key driver for the implementation of programs, faculty and staff interaction, and enhancing student experiences. Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a distinctive international community of students, teachers, professionals, families, friends, and life-long learners living, studying, and nurturing life, mind, body, environment, and community. It seeks to advance excellence through knowledge and human development following a flexible liberal arts model of higher education.