Korea University Leaders Explore Biotechnology Collaboration During Al Akhawayn Visit


Ifrane, March 18, 2011 – Within the framework of the collaboration between Al Akhawayn University and the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World, the Director of Korea University’s Biotechnology Initiative and two faculty members from its College of Life Sciences and Biotechnology visited Al Akhawayn University on March 18, 2011, and held meetings with counterparts from the Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering. 

The visit to Ifrane by the Korean delegation focused on ways to enhance collaboration between the two universities in the areas of faculty and student exchange as well as joint research and development projects. The delegation met with professors from the School of Science and Engineering, Fouad Berrada, Abdelghani El Asli, and Khalid Sendide, and identified a number of ways to collaborate.

Among the activities to be undertaken are sabbatical semesters by the Korean professors at Al Akhawayn, and reciprocal faculty visits to Korean to work on joint research projects. In addition, Korea University stated its readiness to accept some Al Akhawayn masters graduates in biotechnology and help fund their doctoral work.  Students would be admitted based on merit and recommendations from Al Akhawayn University. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by the presidents of both universities to formalize the framework for these joint efforts. 

The Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World is a body working within the framework of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) specializing in supporting universities and institutions of higher education institutions of the same level in the Islamic World and encouraging cooperation between them and with institutions with similar interests in other parts of the world.