Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - U.S. Ambassador to Morocco celebrates outstanding students of Al Akhawayn University

U.S. Ambassador to Morocco celebrates outstanding students of Al Akhawayn University


Ifrane – The U.S. Ambassador to Morocco, Samuel L. Kaplan, visited Al Akhawayn University on October 18, 2011 to attend celebrations of outstanding Al Akhawayn students. The one-day campus visit contained a rich program of encounters and interactions between Ambassador Kaplan and students at the University campus in Ifrane.

Ambassador Kaplan was the invited speaker of a recognition dinner hosted by Al Akhawayn President, Driss Ouaouicha, honoring students who made it to the President’s List. The President’s List designations are given to undergraduate students with a semester GPA of 4.00, which is the highest grade a student can attain in a semester.


In his address, Ambassador Kaplan reviewed US – Morocco relations. Al Akhawayn students enthusiastically discussed with the Ambassador various issues ranging from the relationship, the politics, and the history of the two countries; to the academic cooperation between Morocco and the United States. Both Ambassador Kaplan and the students exchanged personal experiences about living in Morocco and in the United States, respectively.

After congratulating the students for their outstanding academic performance, Ambassador Kaplan said “Al Akhawayn University is an extraordinary institution that is carefully putting together the best methodology for teaching combining American processes with the uniqueness of Moroccan culture, making it rhyme very well with the globalized world.”

The recognition dinner was an occasion to award 70 Moroccan and international Al Akhawayn students on the President’s List with certificates of achievement in the presence of Al Akhawayn executives.

Iman Moussaoui (’12), an undergraduate student of International Studies said “I am delighted to be in this gathering honoring outstanding students and to meet Ambassador Kaplan. I very much enjoyed exchanging ideas with him.”

Ambassador Kaplan was the honorary guest in two classes on The United States and the Middle East and the United States-Maghreb Relations.He also met with his compatriot US students at Al Akhawayn University. “What you do now will set the path for what you will do in your future,” said Mr. Kaplan, addressing the students.