Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - News Archive - 2008

News Archive - 2008

His Majesty King Mohammed VI appoints Dr. Driss Ouaouicha new president of Al Akhawayn University

King Mohammed VI appointed Dr. Driss Ouaouicha new president of Al Akhawayn University on Friday Dec. 26 .

Holder of a Ph.D in linguistics and education from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1986, Dr. Ouaouicha has been working as consultant with Amideast for Arab studies in the MENA region.

He had earlier held the position of executive director of "The Scholar Ship" between December 2007 and April 2008.

Today's appointment brings back the official to Al Akhawayn University (AUI) where he had spent over five years, first as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and then as Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Ouaouicha, who replaces president Rachid Benmokhtar in leading AUI, is author of a number of publications, including “Religion and Education in Morocco”, and “Quality Assurance at Al Akhawayn University”.


New Publication:

Dr. Jack Kalpakian has published a new article in the South African Journal of International Affairs: The narrow prospects of the SPLA/M’s transition into a political party in the short term, Vol. 15, No. 2, December 2008, 159-183.

For more information, please browse the following link:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a906723076~db=all~order=page


New Publication:

Dr. Driss Kettani and Asmae El Mahdi have published a new article "Back Office Integration Issues in Developing Country Context: Lessons Learned from a Case Study in Morocco " in the in Proc. of the 2 nd international conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance ICEGOV2008Cairo , (Ed.) Tomasz Janowski and Theresa A. Pardo, ACM New York, NY, USA , ACM ISBN 9781605583860.

http://www.icegov.org/icegov/submissions?page=main#casestudies

(Above complete reference information is given on the hardcopy book where the article was published. Softcopy will be available in couple of weeks on the following link www.icegov.org )


The World e-Parliament Conference 2008:

Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine participated in the second "World e-Parliament Conference 2008" thattook place at the European Parliament in Brussels on 25 and 26 November 2008. The Conference was co-organized by the European Parliament and the Global Centre for ICT in Parliament, a joint initiative of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs(UNDESA) and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).


New Publication:

Dr. Jack Kalpakian has published a new article in the Contemporary Security Policy Journal, , Volume 29, Issue 3 December 2008 , pages 453 - 476

For more information, please browse the following link:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~content=a906236631~db=all~order=page


Information Day by the School of Science and Engineering

The School of Science and Engineering, in collaboration with its partners, the Tempus Program, the National Institute of Hygiene in Rabat, the “Université Libre” of Brussels, the Tor Vergata University of Rome, and the European Commission, are organizing an information day for this Master on Wednesday, 3 December 2008, starting 10:30, in the Board Room.

This event, which will take place with the participation of representatives from our four partners institutions, is aimed at making our Master and Al Akhawayn University known to institutions in Morocco and to prospective students from Morocco and Africa. Deans, faculty, and students from all science and science and technology schools in Morocco as well as representatives of African diplomatic representations in Rabat were invited to attend.


The Center of IT Innovation for Human Development (CITI) News:

Dr. Hassane Darhmaoui was awarded "Best Practices" prize by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Rabat, Nov. 20, 2008. This is in recognition of the work achieved by the research, pedagogical and technical teams within the Center of IT Innovation for Human Development (CITI) at AUI. The awarded research project, which is currently coordinated by Dr. Darhmaoui, aims at integrating IT-based education in public middle schools.

About CITI and its mission:

CITI, whose mission is R&D in IT applications and tools that have direct positive impact on the average Moroccan citizen, is the outcome of a fruitful collaboration between the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and AUI. KOICA aims to promote international cooperation by contributing to the economic and social development of developing countries through grants aid. After the agreement signature between KOICA and AUI, in June 2006, CITI was fully equipped with high-tech IT equipment from Korea and has benefited from KOICA’s training programs and technical assistance in the field of IT based education. Mr. Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) and His Excellency Mr. Yoo Jung-Hee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Morocco inaugurated CITI on the 28th of February, 2008.

Currently, CITI is exploring how IT-based education could improve both motivation and performance of middle school Moroccan students in three different topics: Mathematics, Physical sciences and, Life & Earth sciences. A large research team of 11 SSE faculty members are working closely with teachers and inspectors (pedagogical team)from two pilot middle schools in Fez and Ifrane. This research and pedagogical teams, together with CITI engineers and technicians, developed the experimental set up as well as many educational applications and course content. CITI also launched the experimental version of its collaborative website accessible via http://citi.aui.ma. The website offers a variety of tools and applications that help students and teachers use ICT in their learning (or teaching) process. These include white board, class lectures, interactive exercises, on-line quizzes, simulations, video clips, virtual labs, educational podcasts, forums etc. This experiment is the first of its kind in Morocco and the aim is to make all middle school students and teachers benefit from its results and by-products.


The Executive Education Center organizes a seminar on "Arbitration" offered by Professor Azzedine Kettani.

The Executive Education Center (EEC) and the American Chamber of Commerce are organizing a seminar on “Arbitration” offered by Mr. Azzedine Kettani, Lawyer and Expert in Corporate Governance, on Wednesday 3 December 2008 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Hyatt Regency Casablanca.  For more details please refer to the program attached herewith.  The EEC will provide transportation and housing for Professors and students who are interested to participate in this event.  Please note that the number of seats is limited and will be provided on a first come first served basis. 

The program will be as follow:

Tuesday 2 December 2008

4:00 PM: Departure from AUI Campus

Arrival at the hotel in Casablanca “Apart Hotel Casablanca”

Dinner at the hotel

Wednesday 3 December, 2008 

8:00 AM: Departure from the hotel

8:30 AM: Arrival at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM: Seminar

1:00 to 2:00 PM: Lunch at the Hyatt Regency Hotel

2:30 PM Departure from the Hyatt Regency Hotel

For any further information, please feel free to contact Majdouline El Hassouni, Executive Education Center Coordinator, Phone 022 50 36 64.


Professor Said Ennahid, SHSS, was in Los Angeles, CA giving two talks at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Riverside (UCR).

Professor Said Ennahid was invited to give a talk at the UCR Anthropology and Global Studies Speaker Series (November 13th, 2008). He spoke about archaeology and cultural heritage preservation in Morocco. Ennahid was also invited to speak at the conference: Fez, Morocco, Crossroads of Knowledge and Power: Celebrating 1,200 Years of Urban Life jointly organized by the University of California, Riverside and the University of California, Los Angeles (November 14-15, 2008). Ennahid’s paper was on the urban-cultural history of the suburbs of Fez.


New Publication :

Dr. Abdelmounaim Lahrechand AUI Alumnus Achraf Boujir have just published an new article entitled " Morocco & US Equity Markets Linkage After FTA Signature Implications for International Portfolio Diversification" in the International Research Journal of Finance and Economics - Issue 21 - November 2008

For more details about the article please check http://www.eurojournals.com/irjfe_21_08.pdf


The 5th Congress of Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World:

The ICT4D Lab won " The Best Scientific Paper Award in the Conference of Information and Communication T echnologies" for their paper “ eFez: ICT4D Initiative Transforming Scientific Research to Value for the Development in Morocco " at the 5th Congress of Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World ( http://www.astf.net/site/zone/zone.asp?ogzid=10245 ) (SRO5) organized by Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF) ( http://www.astf.net/site/index.asp ) in cooperation with the Ministry of National and Higher Education, Professional Training and Scientific Research between 25- 30 October, 2008 in Fez, Morocco.


Dr. Driss Maghraoui was recently invited to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels:

In the context of Euro-Mesco activities, Dr. Driss Maghraoui was recently invited to speak at the European Parliament in Brussels. His talk entitled "The Union for the Mediterranean and the Democratic Imperative " was in the context of the Arab Week organized at the Eurpean Parliament between Nov 3 and November 6. For more information on the evnt see the program at: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/public/default_en.htm


Three Master students from the School of Business Administration offered scholarships by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation:

The School of Business Administration is proud to announce the signing of an agreement with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation providing scholarships to students accepted into the MBA/MSCF programs under the pioneer program launched in many Arab countries.

In addition to financial support to pursue graduate studies, this program offers to grantees many other advantages (networking, participation in seminars, meeting, conferences, trips organized by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum foundation in Dubai or in other venues)

These scholarships are being made available in addition to the scholarship funds available through Al Akhawayn University

All AUI undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this generous educational opportunity

Preference and full consideration will be given to students applying to the MBA/MSCF programs before November 15, 2008

On the other hand, I am pleased to announce that three Master students from the School of Business Administration : Youssef Chetioui (MBA student), Imad Jabbouri, and Harit Satt (MSCF students) have been granted a scholarship by Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation to pursue their Masters’ degrees at Al Akhawayn University.


The School of Business Administration has a partnership with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for two programs: Pioneer Program and entrepreneurship program:

-The pioneer program offers scholarships to qualified candidates who demonstrate leadership, but require financial support to pursue their MBA or MSCF at AUI. The scholarship covers tuition, fees and books, for the full duration of study.

-The entrepreneurship program: AUI incubator benefited from a grant of USD135,000 to support the incubation, start up and entrepreneurship activities of the University.

For more information about the program, please contact the SBA dean's office.


The Council of International Exchange of Scholars and the educational committees from the Department of State and the Bureau of Educational Affairs have recently awarded Dr. Driss Maghraoui the Fulbright Scholar in Residence for the year 2009. Dr. Maghraoui was selected from an international pool of scholars after Illinois Wesleyan University submitted a proposal to invite him to teach two courses and to give a series of conferences and lectures in different universities in Illinois in the Fall 2009. 


New Publication:

Dr. Connell Monette has published a new book The Medieval Hero: Christian and Muslim Traditions.

For more information, please browse the following link:

http://www.target.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&index=books&field-author=Connell%20Monette


The 5th Congress of Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World

AUI faculty members, staff and student will be presenting papers on at the 5th Congress of Scientific Research Outlook & Technology Development in the Arab World (http://www.astf.net/site/zone/zone.asp?ogzid=10245) (SRO5) organized by Arab Science & Technology Foundation (ASTF) (http://www.astf.net/site/index.asp) in cooperation with the Ministry of National and Higher Education, Professional Training and Scientific Research between 25- 30 October, 2008 in Fez, Morocco.

The papers are as follows:

- The "Googlisation of High Education in Morocco: The Case of AUI" by Dr. Mohamed Ibahrine and student Salma Douieb

- The "eFez: ICT4D Initiative Transforming Scientific Research to Value for the Development in Morocco " by Dr. Driss Kettani and Asmae El Mahdi


The Clean up the world campaign and the Action 350

As per its tradition and in an effort for sustaining its environmental activities , the CEIRD is organizing on Saturday October 18 the Clean up the world campaign and the Action 350 in close collaboration with international partners in Australia and the US and other international networks and national institutions...


The 2009 UN Public Service Awards Competition is now accepting nominations

The 2009 United Nations Public Service Awards Programme is currently accepting nominations. The United Nations Public Service Awards is the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It was established following the United Nations Economic and Social Council decision 2000/231 of 27 July 2000 to reward contributions made by public institutions in enhancing the role, professionalism and visibility of the Public Service. Awards have been bestowed since 2003 on an annual basis...


The International Workshop Women Leadership and Water Management: The Current Situation and the Way Ahead in the Arab Region

Rabat, Morocco, 9-10 October 2008

The international workshop on Women Leadership and Water Management in the Arab Region is organized by the UNESCO Chair “Water, Women and Decision Power” at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the National Office for Potable Water in Morocco (ONEP), UNESCO, ISESCO and the World Bank Institute (WBI), and will be held on 9-10 October 2008 in Rabat.

This workshop aims at establishing a strategy to promote and strengthen the integration of women as leaders, senior managers, and executives within the water sector with the overall objective of sustainable development and growth in the Arab region.

The workshop participants are experts and leaders from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region within and outside of the water sector, who will engage in active dialogue discussing perspectives and lessons learned with successful Arab women leaders based on scientific and leadership research, regional and cultural norms as well as best practices.


New Publications:

1. Professor Dr. Mohamed Bouzidi has published an article entitled "Democratic Transition in Morocco: Achievements and Future Challenges" in The Nation and Defense Review" of the Potugues Institute of National Defense.

2. Dr. Connell Monette has published an article entitled "Hell and Heroes in Beowulf, the Shahnameh, and the Táin Bó Cúailnge", in The Journal of Indo-European Studies vol 36 (2008): 99-147.


AUI Professors and Alumna Represent AUI at Media and Global Divides congress. July 20th-25th, Stockholm, Sweden:

1. Dr. Driss Kettani, associate professor at SSE and Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine, assistant professor at SHSS will be presenting a paper on "eFez: Strategies for Local E-Government" at Media and Global Divides July 20th through the 25 of 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.

2.Inass Msaidi, graduate student from SHSS, and Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine, assistant professor at SHSS will be presenting a paper on " Al-Jazerra's Coverage of the Moroccan Election 2007?" at Media and Global Divides July 20th through the 25 of 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.

3. Mr. Bouziane Zaid will be presenting a paper on Implementing a Participatory Development Communication Approach: Dayet Ifrah Project as a Case Study at Media and Global Divides from July 20th through the 25 of 2008, Stockholm, Sweden.

The link of the conference: http://www.mediaandglobaldivides.se/


New Publication by Nizar Bahaji: 

"Bahaji, N. and Kuhl, M. E. (2008) 'A simulation study of new multi-objective composite dispatching rules, CONWIP, and push lot release in semiconductor fabrication', International Journal of Production Research, 46:14, 3801 — 3824"


Second recruitment session for Masters of Science in Biotechnology:

The School of Science and Engineering will hold a second recruiting session for candidates for the Masters of Science in Biotechnology to begin in Fall 2008.

Interested candidates should complete their application (both online and printed versions) by 26 August 2008. Interviews of strong candidates will be conducted on 1 September 2008.


The UNESCO Chair "Water, Women and Decision Power" of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the Moroccan-American Circle in Rabat (MAC-Rabat), and the Rural Commune of Dayet Aoua celebrates the Middle Atlas beauty and culture through a one day festival in Dayet Ifrah (a small village next to Ifrane) on Saturday June 28, 2008. 

This event will help promoting the integrated development project of the village of Dayet Ifrah undertaken by the UNESCO Chair and its partners.This project that focuses on the contribution of women in rural development in Morocco.


Faculty News:

Dr.Nasser Assem and Dr.Mohammed Ibahrine took part in the SITES 2008 International Symposium on Secured Transactions in Skhirate through 11-12 June 2008.

Dr.Nasser Assem delivered a presentation on AFIS project and Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine presented a paper on "The State and Digital Identity Management".


New Publication by Dr Nicola Migliorino:

Dr. Nicola Migliorino has just published a new book:

Nicola Migliorino, (Re)Constructing Armenia in Lebanon and Syria:

Ethno-Cultural Diversity and the State in the Aftermath of a Refugee Crisis (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2008), 242 pages, ISBN 978-1-84545-352-2 hardback.

For more information, please browse this link:

http://www.berghahnbooks.com/title.php?rowtag=MigliorinoConstructing


The students Afifa El Bayed and Fatima Azzahra El Azzouzi were granted a full scholarship by the University of Erfurt to participate in the 7th International Summer School “Muslims in the West” in Germany from the 2nd to the 17th of August 2008. Through their contribution in this intercultural program, our two AUI students aim to promote mutual acceptance, tolerance and understanding between the Muslim and the Western cultures.


New publication by the Institute of Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies (IEAPS):

Impact of Domestic Reforms in Mediterranean Countries by: Ahmed Driouchi & Nada Zouag 

New publication by the IEAPS:

Institutions, Intellectual Property Rights and Development in the Mediterranean Countries by:

Ahmed Driouchi & Nada Zouag May 2008 


New publication by the IEAPS:

Multilateral Institutions & Investments from Returning Migrants by: Ahmed Driouchi, Isabelle Rabaud & Nada Zouag June 2008.


New Publication by Dr Mohammed Ibahrine:

Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine has recently published four encyclopedia entries. One is on the political communication of the late King Hassan II and the second is on HIS Majesty the King Mohamed VI in the Encyclopedia Of Political Communication (eds.) Lynda Lee Kaid & Christina Holtz-Bacha, London: Sage Publications.

For more information, please browse this link: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book227489&currTree=Subjects&level1=700


The Center of IT Innovation (CITI) for human development at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) is exploring how IT-based education could improve both motivation and performance of students in middle schools. Its objective is to support the Education Ministry’s project: Generalization of New Information Technologies for Education (GENIE) which was launched in 2006. The GENIE project consists of the computerization and networking of approximately 8,600 schools, and reaching around 5.5 million students by 2009. CITI aims at producing contents and research results that contribute to GENIE’s effectiveness and sustained impact.

Currently, CITI is developing a number of math and science resources and tools for use by teachers and students in middle schools. This development, which is carried out with close participation of middle school teachers, is based on identifying and implementing best practices from IT-based education literature, and on a high degree of involvement of middle school teachers and inspectors in content design and development (http://citi.aui.ma).

To demonstrate the positive effect of these ICT resources on the scholastic performance of students, CITI is now experimenting with the project in two pilot middle schools. The two schools belong to two different socioeconomic environments; one is located in Ifrane and the other in Fez. In order to involve more teachers and students in its activities and at the same time improve the significance of the statistical evaluation results, CITI will be expanding this experiment to 8 other middle schools next academic year. The current CITI workshop will bring together teachers, inspectors and principals from all 10 middle schools to discuss best practices in using ICT in classes. IT-based education experts who are invited to this workshop will show practical models and different class scenarios on the use of ICT in the classroom.


The Al Akhawayn Student Government Association participates in the fourth meeting of University Student Representatives in Bouznika (21 to the 25th of May).

The Al Akhawayn Student Government Association participated in the fourth meeting of the university student representatives in Bouznika from the 21 to the 25th of May under the theme of “the Moroccan university and the challenge of modernization”. The event gathered representatives of twelve Moroccan public universities. AUI SGA was represented by Abdellah Abou Essaid (secretary general), Souad Touil (treasurer), Kawtar Chriyaa, Mohcine Zouhair, Adel Allach and Ghassane Essalehi. Students Nada Labsaili, Taha El Hajji and Youssef Ztot talked about the importance of clubs in the student life. The event knew also the much-appreciated participation of the talented Hind Ait Lborj in the closing night. She performed together with the Moroccan singer Amal Abdelqader and the Egyptian musician Taoufiq Hilmi. The event also involved the Alumni Association through Wadia Ait Hamza and Brahim Ait Ouzineb, the SGA supervisor.

The proceedings of the meeting revolved round various themes namely the university system reform, the role of scientific research in the development of the economy, the employment issue and the role of media in raising the cultural level of university students. The experience of our university was valued and addressed in a workshop in the presence of about a hundred students. During the presentation, Wadia, Kawtar and Nada answered various questions for three hours. Indeed, throughout the meeting, our students proved excellent in their approach to the themes of workshops and in suggesting practical solutions to the different issues discussed. Accordingly, it was suggested to have the Al Akhawayn SGA organize the fifth edition.


New International Peer-Reviewed Publication by Dr. Karim Moustaghfir

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir has just published an International Journal article in Measuring Business Excellence (Emerald Journal), Volume 12, Issue 2. The article is entitled: “The Dynamics of Knowledge Assets and their Link with Firm Performance”... [Read More]


AUI Students Receive NASA Awards!

(Ifrane, Morocco)  Local students at Al Akhawayn University recently received NASA research awards for measuring Potentially Hazardous Asteroids for NASA and the Killer Asteroid Project.  Astronomy and Physics instructor Dr. Hassane Darhmaoui led his class of students that included Zineb Chaoui Aziz, Ijlal Loutfi  and Hassan Bourhrous.  While studying dangerous asteroids, the class made the discovery of three new asteroids designated as K07U14Q, K07T38O and K07T15X.  Student Bourhrous also confirmed the discovery of near earth object 2007 UG6 and had his name and results published at Harvard University for observations with exceptional scientific value to the astronomical community. 

Each of the students received NASA – Astronomical Research Institute award certificates this month for their research efforts over the school year.  Al Akhawayn University also received an engraved NASA award plaque that includes the lead instructor Dr. Hassane Darhmaoui and each of the student names who participated in NASA’s Near Earth Object Observations Program and the Killer Asteroid Project. 

“The students at Al Akhawayn University downloaded our images from the Internet that were taken by powerful telescopes at our observatory that can see stars 10 million times fainter than you can see with your own eye”, stated Robert Holmes, a research scientist for NASA’s Near Earth Object Observations Program.   “Students in the Killer Asteroid Project made high quality measurements of these important objects that pose a possibility of striking the earth sometime in the future.  Our goal in the Killer Asteroid Project is to measure these objects for NASA’s Near Earth Object Observations program and help protect the earth from a possible future asteroid or comet impact.  It is very important work when you realize only a decade ago comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into the planet Jupiter.  If this comet had hit the earth instead of Jupiter it would have had devastating results and none of us would be alive today!  Most importantly, we have advanced technologically to the point that mankind can alter the path of a killer asteroid if we have enough advance notice.  We just have to locate the ones that are a real threat to life on earth so NASA can take steps to prevent such a catastrophe in the future.”

The Killer Asteroid Project is a world-wide NASA program managed by the Astronomical Research Institute located at Charleston, Illinois and includes high schools, colleges and universities from China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia and the United States.  Students working in the Killer Asteroid Project made over 3,000 measurements of these potentially hazardous objects in the past school year.  Some students also discovered new asteroids that had never been seen before in association with the Astronomical Research Institute and the International Asteroid Search Campaign (IASC) ran by Patrick Miller at Hardin-Simmons University in Texas.  “Providing exciting research opportunities, making discoveries and giving students the chance to work with professional astronomers is what our science programs are all about”, stated Miller.  “This year students worldwide discovered 58 new asteroids while working on the Killer Asteroid Project.”  

So why get students and educators involved in searching for potentially hazardous asteroids?  Most people really never realize just how often and close asteroids come to hitting the earth.   On March 15, 2004, an asteroid named Apophis just missed the earth by only 24,000 miles with only 3 days warning.  The approach was so close that the earth's gravity deflected the 885 foot diameter asteroid with a speed over 50,000 miles per hour.   Three days warning isn’t enough time to avert a disaster by a large asteroid capable of doing very serious damage.  If it were to strike a large city or if it struck land it would send enough dust into the atmosphere to make the Earth’s climate much colder for several years affecting weather patterns and causing a shortage in the world food supply.   On Friday April 13th 2029 Apophis will once again pass nearer to the earth than the satellites in space that transmit our television programs.   It will make yet another return on April 13th 2036 with a slim chance it could strike the earth that year.


AUI soccer team won the Eurocriterium international soccer tournament organized by Sciences Po, Paris.

With four wins and one draw, AUI beat Moscow University 4-1 in the Final.

Congratulations to our AUI Lions.


Sustaining Civic Education: Achievements and Challenges is the focus of the twelfth World Congress on Civic Education convening in Morocco, May 24–30. Educators from more than 65 countries and 30 U.S. states will meet in Casablanca and Ifrane to share ideas and best practices on civic education programs around the world. This year’s World Congress is hosted by the Center for Civic Education and the Moroccan Center for Civic Education, in collaboration with the Higher Council for Education, the Moroccan Ministry of Education, and Al Akhawayn University under the High Patronage of His Majesty Mohammed VI King of Morocco. [more]


New Publications by Dr. Karim Moustaghfir

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir has just published two new book chapters in Campisi, D. and Passiante, G. (Eds.) “Fondamenti di Knowledge Management – Conoscenza e Vantaggio Competitivo”, ARACNE (2008).

The book chapters are entitled:

1. Conoscenza e Gestione della Conoscenza: Definizioni ed Elementi di Tassonomia

2. L’Implementazione dei Progetti di Gestione della Conoscenza: Indicazioni da Alcuni Casi di Studio


Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine has recently published one book chapter: “Mobile Communication and Sociopolitical Change in the Arab World, in Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, edited by James E. Katz and with an afterword by Manuel Castells.

For more information, please browse this link: http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=11465&mode=toc 


 

Dr. Maghraoui Driss and Dr. Michael Willis were the co-organizers of a conference on “Reforms in Morocco ” on May 2-3, 2008 at St Antony's College, Oxford University, Oxford . The workshop was funded by a grant from the Moroccan-British Society and the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University in collaboration with School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Akhawayn University.

The workshop was the first of potentially two scholarly meetings to come up with a special edition in Miditterranean Politics and with a subsequent edited volume.


Dr. Mohammed Bouzidi and Dr. James Sater were among a number of different participants who came from Morocco and England to debate the question of reforms in different fields including the economy, the fiancial sector, politics, the legal system, the parliament , education, Human development, and religion.

The conference attracted many people at Oxford and was an opportunity to exchanges ideas and futur goals in these fields. The participants brought many needed perspectives on the various aspects of reforms in Morocco and the Middle East in general.

Professor Mohamed Bouzidi ans Drs. Driss Maghraoui and James sater presented the following papers at Oxford University on 3 May 2008: 

Dr. Bouzidi: New Social reforms in Morocco: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals. 

Dr. Maghraoui: The Strengths and limits of Religious Reforms in Morocco. 

Dr. Sater: Rule of Law between Rhetoric and Reality


Seminar about Small and Medium Enterprises' Environment

In the framework of its supporting activities to young and innovative entrepreneurs, the Incubator Center (SBA) is organizing a training day on Friday, May 9th in the Video Conference room, Building 8. The theme of the seminar is “Small and Medium Enterprises' Environment”.

The general objective of this seminar is to familiarize entrepreneurs with the ensuing elements:

The legal environment of SMEs

The taxation system

The funding options that are available to them

The banking transactions and the different payment means

The steps of a company creation

The expected results from the seminar are to:

Examine the external environment of an SME

Provide entrepreneurs with strategic decision making tools such as business model, strategic marketing…


Master the company's creation process

Provide entrepreneurs with communication tools with their different stakeholders (bankers, administration and tax agents…)

The audience of the seminar will feature project leaders from our incubator, as well as external entrepreneurs from the Meknes-Tafilat region. About 30 entrepreneurs are expected to attend the seminar.


The SBA is pleased to announce the signature of two Memoranda of Understanding with Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation. Hence, AlAkhawayn University becomes a partner with the foundation in two programs: Pioneer Program and entrepreneurship program.

The pioneer program offers scholarships to qualified candidates who demonstrate leadership, but require financial support to pursue their MBA or MSCF at AUI. The scholarship covers tuition, fees and books, for the full duration of study.

The entrepreneurship program: AUI- incubator benefited from a grant of AED 500,000 equivalent of USD135,000 to support the incubation, start up and entrepreneurship activities.

THE MOHAMMED BIN RASHID AL MAKTOUM FOUNDATION 

PROVIDING 6 SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE MBA/MSCF PROGRAMS.

THESE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN ADDITION TO THE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS AVAILABLE THROUGH AL AKHAWAYN UNIVERSITY 

ALL AUI UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS GENEROUS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

 PREFERENCE AND FULL CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO STUDENTS APPLYING TO THE MBA/MSCF PROGRAMS BEFORE MAY 31, 2008

For more details about this two programs, please contact Dr.Derrabi the SBA dean.

School Of Business Administration

Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane

P.O.Box 2148, Ifrane 53000 Morocco

Tel : (212-55) 86 23 17

Website: http://www.Alakhawayn.ma


Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine has participated in an international conference "Politics: Web 2.0" at Royal Holloway, University of London, April 17-18, 2008.

He has presented a paper on "Social media and political activism in the Arab world"and chaired a panel on "The Politics of Blogging". 

http://newpolcom.rhul.ac.uk/politics-web-2-0-conference/


Professors Eric Ross, John Shoup, and Said Ennahid (SHSS) have participated in The International Forum on Islamic Architecture and Design: Ideals, Innovation, and Sustainability (IFIAD 2008), University of Sharjah, College of Engineering, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (April 8-10, 2008). Dr. Ross ‘s paper was on "The Sufi-inspired urban design of Touba, Senegal", Dr. Shoup’s paper was on “Traditional Wall Art in Walata: Caravan City in the Eastern Hawdh”, and Dr. Ennahid’s papers was on “From “Rabad” To “Habitat Social”: An Archaeological-Urban History of Collective Housing in Morocco.”


The 2008 National Competition of Microsoft Imagine Cup took place at AUI on Saturday, 26 April 2008. This year's theme was "Imagine a world where technology enables a sustainable environment". The goal of the competition was to challenge students explore their own creativity by producing software design solutions that enable a sustainable environment.

This is the only Imagine Cup invitational that is run locally and the winners of the regional semi-finals can advance to the Microsoft Imagine Cup Worldwide Finals in Paris, to be held 3-8 July 2008.

Five teams will be representing AUI in this year's edition and there are a lot of chances for AUI to be representing Morocco in the finals.

The event will take place in the Auditorium of Building 4 following the program below.

09:30Accueil et inscription                                                                                        

10:00Allocutions d’ouverture et mots de bienvenue

               Microsoft – Sidi Ali Maelainin

               AUI

10:20Présentation de Imagine Cup, du jury et des équipes – Sidi Ali Maelainin

10:30Keynote – Dr. Youssef Meknassi-Filali de l’UNESCO

11:00Présentations des projets et quizzes entre les présentations pour gagner des prix

12:30Tombola

14:00Suite des présentations des projets et quizzes entre les présentations pour gagner des prix

16:30Pause café et délibérations du jury

17:00Mot de la Clôture

17:10Tombola

17:15Remise des prix                                                                                                            

17:30Fin de l’évènement


SHSS is proud to announce that Ms. Hajar Nait Abdellah Ouali won First place in the National Public Speaking Competition, held in Casablanca on Saturday April 19. We would like to congratulate her on this great achievement and congratulate Manelle Kassa, the other AUI representative, for her outstanding presentation. We would like to thank our colleagues Mr. Bouziane Zaid and Dr. Jack Kalpakian for their exceptional collaboration in coaching them and Dean Dahbi for his continuous and unwavering support.

Ms. Hajar Nait Abdellah Ouali will go to London for the International Competition in May 6 - 9. Hajar has the skills and the motivation to repeat, if not, go beyond the performance of our excellent student Ms. Ghita Lahlou who in 2005 managed to win a prestigious Second place worldwide.

The School of Science and Engineering has been elected to become an active member of the Mediterranean Network of Engineering Schools (Réseau Méditerranéen des Ecoles d'Ingénieurs). The election took place during the latest Board meeting and the General Assembly of the Network which were held in Hammamet, Tunisia, on 28-29 March 2008.

The Network, which has members from 10 countries and five engineering schools from Morocco, aims to:

contribute to the qualitative and quantitative development of technical universities and engineering schools in the Mediterranean area.

accompany the development of industry in the Mediterranean area by organizing operations involving joint research projects, technology transfer and creation of new business activities.

mobilize the competencies and resources of the Network members for sustainable development focussed actions.

strengthen the links with European technical universities and engineering school networks.

encourage members to engage in thinking and actions aimed at promoting the social and economic development of the Mediterranean area.

THE CITY OF FEZ IN WORLD HISTORY AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 1200TH ANNIVERSAY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE CITY OF FEZ, MOROCCO

THE SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

AT AL AKHAWAYN UNIVERSITY IN IFRANE

LA FONDATION ESPRIT DE FES

October 9-11, 2008

It is precisely 1200 years ago, in A.D. 808/H. 192, that Idris II built the city of Fez (also Fès, Arabic madînat Fâs).  Probably no one imagined at the time that the small dynastic capital at the foot of the Middle Atlas would grow to become one of the most important political, economic, spiritual, and intellectual centers of the Muslim West (al-Gharb al-Islâmî).  The excellent choice of the site contributed to a large extent to this growth; Fez is located at historical crossroads leading to the Mediterranean ports in the north (e.g., medieval Bâdis), the Atlantic coastal plains in the west, the Central Maghrib (modern-day Algeria) in the east, and in the south, across the Middle Atlas, to Sijilmasa (near modern-day town of Rissani) the gate to medieval sub-Saharan gold trade.  Oued Fez (medieval Wâdî al-Jawâhir or River of Pearls), a tributary of Oued Sebou, secured a perennial water supply to homes and businesses (tanneries, pottery workshops, mills, textile dyeing) all throughout the middle ages.  In the past century, the city’s population has grown from 70,645 inhabitants in 1921 to 955,188 inhabitants (2004 census); 117,551 of them are living within the confines of the historical quarters (medina) alone.  In 1981, the Medina of Fez was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

In commemoration of the 1200th anniversary of the founding of the city of Fez ( www.maroc1200.org), the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and La Fondation Esprit de Fès (www.espritdefes.com) are organizing an interdisciplinary conference on Fez in World History.  The central theme of the conference is to explore the universal and global dimension of the city through a multidisciplinary lens (e.g., history, anthropology, urban geography, archaeology, comparative literature, etc.).

Participants to the conference will debate the following three main topics:

TOPICS OF CONFERENCE

Topic I: Fez in World History

Using data drawn from historiography, historical geography, hagiographies, archaeology, numismatics, and other related fields, this theme aims to use the perspective of world history as a way of exploring how different historical forces have contributed to making Fez part of an interconnected network both at the regional and global levels.  This may include diplomacy and trade agreements, long-distance trade, Sufi brotherhoods, scientific and technological advances, contributions to the religious sciences, major historical figures who lived in or visited the city (e.g., Ibn Khaldun, Leo Africanus, Maimonides, to mention a few).

Topic II: Fez in World Literature 

In this topic, participants will explore the place of Fez in world literary and artistic production.  This includes travel narratives, fiction, autobiographies, popular culture (songs, lyrics, music), poetry, paintings, etc.

Topic III: Fez in Today’s Global World

Low cost airline travel has made Fez a prized destination for a class of cosmopolitan consumers, especially from Western Europe (mostly France and the UK.).  In this topic, participants will tackle current issues such as how global inequalities are reflected in contemporary urban life, the impact of tourism on the city, gentrification issues (e.g., the riad phenomenon), the “dédensification” and rehabilitation of the medina, Fez as a pilgrimage site (ziyyârah), and the use of information and communication technologies for economic and human development (e.g., e-gov.).

ABSTRACTS

To participate in this conference, please send an abstract in Arabic, English, or French (150-300 words).  Please indicate the title and the topic of your interest.  The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is May 30th, 2008

A selected number of high quality papers will be peer-reviewed and subsequently published in an edited book.

In parallel with the conference, al-Akhawayn University will host a number of special events and activities related to the city of Fez in World History which will include 1) exhibits of rare books, ancient manuscripts, and old photographs, 2) projections of films and rare footage, and 3) a guided tour of the medina of Fez and the Qarawiyyin Library.

Abstract submissions should be sent to:

Dr. Mohamed Dahbi, Dean

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Al Akhawayn University

P.O.Box. 104, Avenue Hassan II

Ifrane -Morocco

Telephone : (212) 35 86 24 27

Fax : (212) 35 86 29 77 

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All other inquiries should be sent to:

Dr. Said Ennahid

Organizing Committee, Chair

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Driss Maghraoui was recently the recipient of the World Scholar Fund granted by the World History Association in the US. Dr. Maghraoui will be presenting his paper on "Tangier in World History" at University of London, Queen Mary College in June 2008. Information about this grant can be found at (http://www.thewha.org/travel_fund.php) Most recently Dr. Maghraoui received another grant to present a paper on "The Tirailleurs Sénegalais in Morocco" as part of a conference on "Re-Evaluating Africa and World War II" which is sponsored by Colombia University, Cornell University , Ohio State University and Rutgers University. Driss Maghraoui's most recent publications include:

“The Dynamics of Civil Society Participation in Morocco,” Ellen Lust Okar and Saloua Zrhouni (Ed.) Political Participation under Authoritarianism in the MENA (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008) .

-“Gendering Colonial Urban Casablanca:The Case of the Quartier Reservé of Bousibir in Casablanca,” Kamran Asdar Ali and Martina Rieker (Ed.) Gendering Urban Space in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.(London: Palgrave, 2008).

-“Cultural Diversity and the Arab-Islamic Heritage in Morocco”,Mohammed V University in 2008, Rabat, Morocco, 2008

Maghreb Round Table: Socio-Cultural Values and Development Tradition and Modernization – Promoting Sustainable Economic Development.

In recent years the North African region has experienced great economic growth accompanied by an increase in GDP. For this performance to be sustainable it needs to be supported by deeper structural reforms. Pressing economic and social issues are migration, the unequal distribution of wealth and the lack of political participation. Productivity remains a concern and women are still less successful than men in finding employment. Economic liberalization has often led to deteriorating social conditions in the short term; hence governments have faced difficulties in maintaining broad support. One response to these developments is that Islamic foundations, charities and financing institutions have gained support and credibility. Islamic economic concepts are perceived by a growing number of people to be alternative models that are embedded in the region's cultures and traditions. Social justice and economic security are fundamental factors in reaching sustainable and peaceful development.

Through this Round Table, Al Akhawayn University and GTZ provide a platform for participants from North African countries and Germany to evaluate opportunities, risks and possibilities for sustainable development. The two-day seminar will bring together scholars, academics and representatives of civil society, the private sector and development organizations. Presentations and discussions will focus on sustainable economic development in the Maghreb region based on ethical principles of social justice and economic security. This Round Table is the first one in a series of several Round Tables, the rest of which will take place in Algeria and Germany.


 

Ms Afaf Chekkar, SSE student, and Mr. Hassan Bourhrous, SSE alumnus, have been selected by the International Astronomical Union for participation in the International School for Young Astronomers "2008 ISYA", which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey.


Professor Said Ennahid, SHSS, was in Nashville, TN., giving a series of lectures at Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University.

Professor Said Ennahid was a guest lecturer at Vanderbilt University and Middle Tennessee State University (March 18-20, 2008). He gave two lectures at Vanderbilt University on “Moroccan Jewish Heritage” and “In Search of the Medieval City: An Archaeological Reading of Medieval Texts.” These lectures were sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Religious Studies, and the Jewish Studies Program at Vanderbilt University. He also gave two other lectures at the Middle East Center at Middle Tennessee State University entitled: “The State of Historic Preservation in Morocco” and “The Archaeology of Space in Malhun Poetry.”


Vice President for Student Affairs attends Euro Med University meeting in Slovenia

A preparatory meeting for the International Advisory Council of the soon-to-be-launched Euro Mediterranean University took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 10 march, 2008. Dr Cherif Bel Fekih, VPSA, represented the University in this meeting which gathered representatives from universities in the Euro Med region taking part in this project, initiated and sponsored by the Government of Slovenia. The new University will be located in the Mediterranean resort town of Piran and will bring together academics from partner universities in the region. The Founding Charter will be signed on 9 June, 2008 in Portoroz, Slovenia.


Hind Torres and Samya Saber represent AUI at the ‘Women as Global Leaders’ conference organised by Zayed University, Madinat Jumeirah. Dubai, UAE.

Inspired by UAE woman leaders

By Preeti Kannan (the Khaleej Times online) 

11 March 2008 

DUBAI - Students from various universities across the world were left inspired and intrigued by international and Emirati women leaders at the ‘Women as Global Leaders’ conference that opened yesterday.

The three-day conference, organised by Zayed University, saw students from different backgrounds and nationalities convene together to listen and interact with these women leaders.

Moroccan students Hind Torres and Samya Saber from Al Akhawayn University have travelled all the way to Dubai for this conference.

“We feel empowered listening to these leaders. We have only read in theory about leadership in our classes. Now, we can see for ourselves what women are capable of and that has given us insight into what we should do,” said Saber.

Torres, who has brought 11 illiterate women together and taught them to make and sell traditional bread in Morocco, to help make them independent, said, “This conference reiterates our beliefs that illiterate women can lead and be independent. They can also be empowered if shown the right way and it shows that education is not the only key to success.”

The students are representing Morocco and will make a presentation on their pet project today.

For more information please visit: http://www.zu.ac.ae/leadership2008/


Al Akhawayn University hosts a workshop titled "Expanding American Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities."

From March 7-9, Al Akhawayn University will host a workshop titled "Expanding American Study Abroad in the Arab World: Challenges and Opportunities." The Institute of International Education and the Hollings Center for International Dialogue, based in New York City, and Washington, DC, respectively, are co-sponsoring the event with AUI. The first-of-its-kind workshop will explore how to increase the number of Americans studying abroad at Arab universities and institutions--currently totalling only 2,000 a year for the entire Arabic-speaking region, as compared to the more than 30,000 U.S. students who study in Italy or England annually.

The workshop will promote a dialogue among Arab and American institutions about creating mutually-successful study abroad and exchange programs. Discussions will address such issues as Arabic language study; inter-cultural adjustment and cross-cultural learning; non-language curriculum; student recruitment, selection, and orientation; and student, parent and host-institution expectations. 

Participating in the invitation-only workshop are 34 senior university officials, study abroad experts, and Arabic-language specialists from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, and from California, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New York, South Carolina, and Washington, DC in the United States. 

Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Annual Scholarship Program for Students from Arab League Countries.

CAAR Scholarships are offered to citizens of the Arab League countries who wish to undertake postgraduate study in Australia. The Arab League countries are: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The scholarship program will facilitate Masters or PhD students to undertake postgraduate coursework programs of up to 12 months, Postgraduate Masters courses or Professional Development courses at Australian universities during 2008-2009. The scholarship program will meet the costs of university course fees, travel, establishment in Australia, and living expenses for students up to a limit of $AUD 70,000 per scholarship. The first round of the scholarships will commence in July 2008.

The number of CAAR Scholarships available in any one year will depend on the type and cost of study courses approved for the successful candidates. Scholarships will be aligned with the following broad fields of study:

The scholarship program will meet the costs of university course fees, travel, establishment in Australia, and living expenses for students to undertake postgraduate programs at Australian universities up to 12 months in duration, and not exceeding the total allowance limits shown in Table 1. The first round of the scholarships will commence in July 2008. In the event that all scholarships are not allocated in the first intake, a second intake might commence in November 2008.

Table 1: Scholarship Allowances

 Payment DetailsAmount

Travel Allowance$AUD 5,000

Establishment Allowance$AUD 5,000

Living Allowance (up to 12 months) per month$AUD 2,500

University Course Fees (up to 1 year) per semesterUp to $AUD 15,000

Total Scholarship ValueUp to $AUD 70,000

The number of CAAR Scholarships available in any one year will depend on the type and cost of study courses approved for the successful candidates.

Scholarships will be aligned with the following broad fields of study:

o Design, Architecture, and Construction;

o Business Management, Administration and Public Policy;

o Natural Resources and Environmental Science;

o Health Sciences, Allied Health, and Medical Technology;

o Mining, Petroleum, Oil and Gas;

o Strategic Diplomacy and Defence; and

o Political Science.

URL: www.caarscholarships.com

Additional enquiries with regards to this program should be directed via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Applications Close on the 31st March 2008


New Publications by Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine.

Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine has published an entry on Media Systems in North Africa in The International Encyclopedia of Communication, which represents the definitive reference work in this interdisciplinary and dynamic field. This authoritative twelve-volume set is jointly published by Wiley-Blackwell and the International Communication Association (ICA), the leading academic association of the discipline in the world. For More Information, please browse the link to the website of the International Encyclopedia of Communication:

http://www.communicationencyclopedia.com/contributors_byaff.asp


New Book by Dr. Ahmed Driouchi.

Dr. Ahmed Driouchi has contributed in a new book (chapter two). The book is entitled: "Creative Urban Regions: Harnessing Urban Technologies to Support Knowledge City Initiatives" and explores the utilization of urban technology to support knowledge city initiatives, providing scholars and practitioners with essential fundamental techniques and processes for the successful integration of information technologies and urban production. Converging timely research on a multitude of cutting-edge urban information communication technology issues, this Premier Reference Source will make a valuable addition to every reference library.

http://www.igi-pub.com/reference/details.asp?id=7433

other new publications that appeared last January 2008 and that are:

1. "Variety of Cultural and the Role of Education and Research for the Improvement of Intercultural Dialogues", by Thierry Baudassé & Ahmed Driouchi, Research Document of "Laboratoire d'Economie d'Orléans"-2007-31.

This is an additional contribution that shows the roles of culture, education and research to further enhance the collaboration between Northern and Southern economies. Emphasis is placed on a literature review that deals with social capital and values. The place of education and research is also stressed as ways for reducing cultural gaps and promoting cooperation.

Further details can be found at:

UMR CNRS-6221 http://www.univ-orleans.fr/LEO

2. "Labor and Migration in the Euromediterranean Region: Issues & Perspectives" Coordinated by Thierry Baudassé & Ahmed Driouchi, ImprimElite 2007-2899.

This is a set of 6 chapters that deals with international labor migration coordinated by Thierry Baudassé and Ahmed Driouchi. While chapter looks at agricultural liberalization, migration and taxes (Thierry Baudassé, LEO, France), chapter two focuses on migration of highly skilled labor and the new economics of brain drain (Ahmed Driouchi, IEAPS, Cristina Trandas Boboc, Bucarest Roumania and Nada Zouag, IEAPS). Chapters 3, 4, 5 and 6 analyze other issues related to labor markets in Europe and in developing countries. The book is available at IEAPS and at:

UMR CNRS-6221 http://www.univ-orleans.fr/LEO


SSE student Hassan Bourhrous awarded full scholarship to attend the 8th COSPAR workshop.

Hassan Bourhrous, SSE student, was awarded a full scholarship to attend a two weeks astronomy workshop in Alexandria, Egypt. The workshop, entitled: "Advanced High-Energy Astrophysics Workshop for Young Physicists & Astronomers from the Middle East & Africa", was co-organized by The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), the Center for Advanced Interdisciplinary Science in Cairo University (CAIS), the Bibliotheca Alexandria (BA), the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the European Space Agency (ESA), the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (NASA GSFC), the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Italy (ICTP) and the University of Leicester in the UK (UL). This two week 8th-COSPAR capacity building workshop was inaugurated by the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education & Scientific Research, Prof. Hany Helal. Prof. Anthony Hewish, Nobel Laureate, from Cambridge University, also addressed the participants through a video keynote during the inauguration ceremony.

The main goal of the workshop was to get the next generation of scientists, from developing countries, acquainted with the modern tools (such as NASA & ESA missions) of exploring high energy phenomena in the universe. 35 participants from 7 countries (Egypt, India, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Turkey, and Ukraine) benefited from this workshop.

Renowned scholars specialized in X-Ray astrophysics provided the participants with the theoretical background and the technical support needed during the practical sessions.

All participants were assigned a project they had to present at the end of the workshop. In his project, Hassan Bourhrous worked jointly with a student from South Africa (Aletha de Witt) on studying supernova remnants (SNR) W44 and W28. They used two databases, Chandra and XMM/Newton, for their analysis. The team was successful in making a connection between the X-Ray jets from the pulsars located at the center of the remnants and the dissociation of water molecules into H and OH resulting in the OH masers observed from Earth. This was achieved, roughly speaking, by determining the total unabsorbed X-ray flux and then estimating the ionization rate of the reaction. The obtained results were consistent with data in the literature.


New at the SBA: The Student Business Center

The School of Business Administration launched its student business center which offers business planning and strategic management solutions. The lab is located in building 4, lab 8, and is equipped with the following software packages:

Markstrat Online offers a much more strategic approach to Marketing than Markops Online. It offers a longer-term approach (up to 12 simulated years of business). Participants have the possibility to think strategically in terms of portfolio management, product/market offering, segmentation, positioning, and long term product development via R&D decisions. Marketing mix decisions are secondary. Markstrat Online is designed for Strategic courses such as Strategic Marketing, Marketing Management or Marketing Planning process.

COMFAR is a computer program which supports project pre-investment studies. It facilitates data organization, computations and the production of pro-forma reports on financial and economic performance. The program is applicable for the analysis of investment in new projects, business planning and expansion or rehabilitation of existing enterprises. COMFAR is designed for courses such as Entrepreneurship, Small Business management or strategic management.

MBABEST21 is a case-based Business/Management game for MBA students.  The MBABEST21 Business Game was developed by Toshiba Corporation.  This market environment simulator offers a virtual marketplace whereby virtual companies led by student teams compete against each other in different product and regional segments.

SPSS is a computer program used for statistical analysis with over 50 statistical processes, including regression analysis, correlation and analysis of variance. It is used by market researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation are features of the base software.

New Publications by Dr. Ali Azeriah.

Dr. Ali Azeriah has just published the translation of three short stories in Banipal (no. 30, 2008); the London-based literary magazine which publishes translations of works by major contemporary Arab authors. These stories were written by the Sudanese author Rania Mamoun (one short story) and the Saudi short story writer and novelist Mohammed Hassan Alouan (two short stories). The BBC World Service will be airing readings from one of Dr. Azeriah's translations.

SBA graduate students Ahmed El Attari , Achraf Boujir and Nazih El Bezzari , have been selected to compete in The Mai Bangkok Business Challenge Competition

The MBA graduate students Ahmed El Attari , Achraf Boujir and Nazih El Bezzari , have been selected to compete in The Mai Bangkok Business Challenge Competition.

Selection was highly competitive. 45 teams representing 17 countries and 35 business schools submitted summary business plans. Of these, only 16 were selected for the presentation rounds and to compete in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 28 - March 1, 2008. The selected business plan submitted by the AUI students combines aspects of both social responsibility and new business creation in the development, marketing and distribution of Argan oil from the Souss region of Morocco.

For more information, please check http://www.bbc.in.th/index.php 


The 2008 HP-SUA workshop will be hosted by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Established in 1993, the HP Software University Association (HP-SUA) is a global network for academics in IT management and related disciplines, aimed at sharing experiences in research, teaching and designing, deploying and operating IT environments. 

HP-SUA holds annually a plenary workshop to share experiences and ideas among academic members of the association and HP, made possible by HP's ongoing sponsorship. The 2008 HP-SUA workshop will be hosted by Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, and will be held at Marrakech, June 22nd to 25th 2008.


The International Development Research Center of Canada approved a new Project to be lead by the ICT4D Lab team.

International Development Research Center of Canada has approved a new Project to be lead by the ICT4D Lab team. The Project is entitled “A Wireless Metropolitan Area Network for the city of Fez (Wman@Fez)” and aims to build and succeed a high capacity wireless communications infrastructure in a Moroccan real life setting (specifically Moroccan local government) so that it facilitates wireless demonstration effects. This project intends to explore in such a setting the range of opportunities enabled and generated with developing and deploying a functioning high capacity wireless communications infrastructure. It aims also to document, assess, and analyze the findings of the proposed wireless research project. The findings will be communicated and disseminated to inform relevant actors/audiences to foster awareness raising and processes of consensus building with regards to wireless related development opportunities in Morocco and other developing countries.  

The total fund allocated to this Project is: 4,135,975MAD.

2 engineers (full time), 2 social scientists (full time) and 3 technicians (full time), further to the main Researchers (Dr Kettani and Dr Rachidi), will work on this project during the next 2 years. 


Executive MBA Graduate Student earned the Economiste's Special Prize.

M. Youness Snoussi, Executive MBA graduate 2007, earned the special prize of the Jury in the competition organized by the newspaper ‘L’economiste” for the best research work yesterday at the Hyatt Hotel. M. Salleh eddine Mezouar, Economy & Finance Minister, M. Driss Alaoui Mdaghri, president of the Jury and many other public figures, professors and companies’ managers were present in this important event. 

M. Youness Snoussi thesis titled “For a better governance of the Moroccan Electricity Industry” was defended on March 30th, 2007 and supervised by Dr Michel Leseure. 

M. Snoussi expressed thanks to the faculty teaching this program and especially to Dr Leseure who assisted him in this research. 

To sum up he described the Executive MBA program as he used to do it with the other participants as “A lovely MBA”