AUI Celebrates its 22nd Cohort of Citizenry, Solidarity, and Social Responsibility
In the presence of its Board of Trustees members and Saaid Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Al Akhawayn University celebrated its 22nd cohort, called "Cohort of Citizenry, Solidarity and Social Responsibility.”
“Today, 90 students receive Master's degrees, of whom 58% are female. We also celebrate the graduation of 396 undergraduate students, among whom 60% are female, mounting up to 5,688 alumni in total,” said President Ouaouicha.
Speaking on this occasion, Chancellor Abdellatif Jouahri, stressed that AUI is set to evolve according to the international innovations of the scientific research programs that international universities are undergoing. ''This change is more than ever necessary in view of the global changes imposed by technological and digital transformations and their impact on the various aspects of academic and scientific life to support the aspirations of the new generations'', added Mr. Jouahri, noting that the University has put in place a five-year plan for 2025 focused on defining the university's new orientations.
The Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Saaid Amzazi, emphasized the new model of higher education, which will be taken into account in the draft running reform, stating that ''students are expected to learn the teaching methodology, as their knowledge will quickly be out-of-date in a professional world that is evolving so quickly that we do not know what will be the jobs 20 years from now.''
In other words, he said, "the ability to acquire new knowledge has become more valuable than knowledge itself," adding that the University is not just about training specialists, but also about passing on to its pioneers training based on multiple skills and allowing everyone to become aware of the complexity of surrounding world ''.
A true player in regional, national and international development, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane has continued its continuous civic engagement by undertaking several high-impact projects. At the local level, more than 2,000 citizens benefited this year from the services the Azrou Center for Community Development, 1,364 people benefited from medical services, and 825 participants attended literacy programs, English courses or vocational training.
At the regional level, AUI obtained a 2.4 million dirhams funding from the Fez-Meknes Region Council to develop six applied research projects that will have, in addition to direct socio-economic spin-offs on the population of the region, a real environmental impact.
At the national level, AUI students spent more than 20,000 hours in community service. They supported 274 NGOs working mainly in the fields of education, human rights, health and the environment. In addition, thanks to its partnership with the Al Ghurair Foundation for Education, UAI has awarded 19 scholarships for excellence to the first cohort of candidates from Moroccan families with limited income.
Internationally, Al Akhawayn University continued to strengthen its position in Africa. In collaboration with ALGA and UGLC Africa, AUI has set up educational solutions that meet the needs of the continent and its leaders. The University also continued its breakthrough in attracting research funds from international organizations and collaborators. Beyond continental borders, AUI will host this summer, 10 Afghan students, who will continue their university studies.