Al Akhawayn University Extends its Partnership Network to Southeast Asia
Ifrane, November 2, 2011 - Following its strategic objective to expand the scope of its partner network around the globe, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Ifrane on joint collaboration and exchanges with the International Islamic University in Malaysia (IIUM) on November 1, 2011. IIUM is now, officially, the first academic partner of Al Akhawayn from Southeast Asia.
The MOU particularly focused on the relationship between Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering and IIUM Kulliyah of Information and Communication Technology. Both schools will work on the implementation of academic exchange programs for their students and faculty. They will also join efforts in reviewing, developing, and implementing curricula in science, engineering and ICT.
“Universities cannot survive on their own. We need to establish correlations and join our efforts to succeed. This partnership is a good beginning for both our institutions,” declared Zaleha Kamaruddin, Rector of IIUM.
Besides officials from both universities, His Excellency Jamal Bin Hassan, Ambassador of Malaysia to Morocco, was present during the MOU signature. Ambassador Jamal applauded this initiative, stressing on the good and flourishing cooperation between his country and Morocco at different levels.
Al Akhawayn University has over 90 active international agreements for research and education. Over 40 percent of Al Akhawayn fulltime students benefit from academic exchange programs to several countries. In line with its globally-oriented vision and curriculum, Al Akhawayn University encourages its students to develop an international mindset, while remaining conscious of local priorities and being part of the development of Morocco.