News Archive - 2007
Convention de collaboration entre Upline Group et l’Université Al Akhawayn
L’Université Al Akhawayn représentée par son Président M. Rachid Benmokhtar et Upline Group représenté par son Président Directeur Général M. Hassan Ait Ali ont signé une convention de collaboration le jeudi 06 décembre 2007.
Les deux parties s’engagent à créer un Centre d’Analyse Financière : Al Akhawayn – Upline Financial Center.
La mise en place de ce centre s’inscrit dans la volonté des deux institutions à mettre à profit toutes les ressources dont elles disposent pour mettre en place des projets de recherche communs et favoriser les échanges de connaissances pour la valorisation de la recherche en général et de l’analyse de la communication financière en particulier.
AUI Human Rights Club
The Human Rights Club is organizing the first national meeting ?Think Tank? under the theme of ?How to Prevent Terrorism in Morocco? on 29th & 30th November in the boardroom .
The goals of this meeting are:
Exchange ideas about the ways to prevent terrorism.
Create an action plan to work against terrorism.
Prepare projects that would ensure the respect human dignity, and avoid the trend of individuals toward extremism and hate.
Give recommendations about what should be changed or adapted in different Moroccan institutions in order to prevent terrorism.
You are welcome to join us.
L’Université Al Akhawayn à Ifrane, le Centre de Recherche pour le Développement International (CRDI-Canada) et l’Agence du Bassin Hydraulique de Sebou organisent les 3 et 4 décembre 2007 un atelier sous le thème :
La gestion de la demande en eau : adaptation à la rareté de la ressource et aux changements climatiques, implications sur le développement durable.
Cet atelier se tiendra au sein de l’Université Al Akhawayn à Ifrane et réunira des spécialistes du Maroc, Tunisie, Algérie, France, Etats Unies d’Amérique, et le Canada, ainsi que des personnalités marocaines pour se pencher sur l’apport de la gestion de la demande en eau pour l’équité sociale et le développement durable.
Les débats lors de ces deux jours de travail porteront sur plusieurs thématiques, notamment :
Les mesures à prendre pour réduire la demande en eau ;
Les mécanismes sociaux et institutionnels pouvant aboutir à des réductions de la demande en eau ;
Les manières de structurer les interventions pour protéger les communautés vulnérables et l’environnement ;
L’utilisation des TIC comme moyen technologique pour la gestion de la demande en eau.
A cette occasion, une convention de collaboration entre l’Université Al Akhawayn et l’Agence du Bassin Hydraulique de Sebou sera signée. Elle portera sur les domaines scientifiques et techniques d’intérêt commun qui permettront de valoriser et de mutualiser les compétences et les moyens des deux institutions.
Professor Said Ennahid, SHSS, was recently invited to give a series of lectures on Islamic archaeology and urbanism at US universities.
His first lecture was on Islamic cities in the Maghrib presented at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the University of California, Berkeley. This lecture was entitled: Of Cities of the Far West (al-Maghrib al-Aqsa): The Essence of Fez. Professor Ennahid also gave a second lecture on Islamic archaeology at the Center for Near Eastern studies and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles. During his lecture tour, Professor Ennahid also gave several class lectures at the history department of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and the art history department at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Agreement signature between AUI and Sagem Sécurité Maroc
On Monday November 12, AUI and Sagem Sécurité Maroc signed an agreement establishing collaboration bases between SAGEM Sécurité Maroc and AUI regarding the training of 100 engineers over a period of five years. The agreement was signed with the participation of President Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, Mr. Hamid Benbrahim El Andaloussi, President of Sagem Sécurité Maroc, and Moulay Hafid El Alamy, CGEM President.
M . Omar Iraqi obtient un brevet d'invention
Omar Iraqi, enseignant au sein de l'université a obtenu un brevet d'invention auprès de l'OMPIC. L'invention est intitulée "Procédé de combinaison du micro paiement par SMS et la livraison contre remboursement dans le e-commerce"
La présente invention concerne un procédé de combinaison du micro paiement par SMS et la livraison contre remboursement dans le e-commerce. Ce procédé consiste à exiger au client d'envoyer au marchand un ou plusieurs SMS surtaxé(s) pour être autorisé à commander en ligne et être livré contre remboursement. Le procédé utilise une passerelle SMS entre le réseau GSM et Internet, et un module de traitement des SMS qui permet d'octroyer aux clients le droit de commander en ligne. Cette invention offre aux clients tous les avantages de la livraison contre remboursement tout en protégeant le marchand contre les retours impayés par les clients malhonnêtes.
Nazih El Bezzari selection for the 15th Edition of the International Youth Leadership conference
Alumni Nazih El Bezzari has been selected to represent Morocco in the 15th Edition of the International Youth Leadership conference that will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, between the 6th and 13th January 2007. The conference gathers 100 students from 50 different countries around the world in order to discuss and exchange different perspectives on global issues. Participants will also be working on simulations of some important world organizations such as: UN Security Council, International Criminal Court Trial and the Model European Parliament Proceeding.
Besides, Nazih will also participate among 200 Students from around the world in The Campus for Finance - Research Conference, taking place at WHU in Vallendar, Germany on January 16 & 17, 2008.
For more information on the 15th Edition of the International Youth Leadership conference please check the following link: http://www.czechleadership.com/index.php
First Asteroid being discovered by Hassan Bourhrous
"K07T15X" is the name of the first asteroid being discovered by Hassan Bourhrous, SSE student and member of the AUI astronomy club (please see attached email).
This year, AUI astronomy club members are participating in the International Asteroid Search Campaign (IASC 2007). IASC is an educational service provided upon invitation to qualified teachers and students, offered by the Astronomical Research Institute, Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, TX), Hands-On Universe (Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley), and Astrometrica (H. Raab, Austria).
ISAC features a 30-day asteroid campaign October-November 2007. In between the 30 days from full moon to full moon, the Astronomical Research Institute (Charleston, IL) takes images along the ecliptic using a 0.81-m prime focus telescope. Via the Internet, these images are made available to students the following morning. Using the software Astrometrica, students search these images for any unknown asteroids typically located 2-4 AU* from the Sun in the Main Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.
Any of the students who make discoveries are officially recognized by the Minor Planet Center (MPC, Harvard) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
The discoveries were part of an asteroid search campaign the university is participating at. The telescope mentioned below takes 3 images of the same patch of the asteroid belt with some time difference. Since the star background is almost immobile, the faster moving asteroids can be detected. Using the features of the Astrometrica software, the moving pixels are detected automatically manually when the moving object is very faint. the task now is to determine that a moving pixel is not just a hot pixel or a saturated star. Hence, its signature is compared to that of an actually asteroid. A report is sent to the Minor Planet Center (MPC) at Harvard for confirmation.
This is an extract, about the asteroid search campaign, taken from the invitation email we got:
"In between the 30 days from full moon to full moon, the Astronomical Research Institute (Charleston, IL) takes images along the ecliptic using a 0.81-m prime focus telescope. Via the Internet, these images are made available to your students the following morning. Using the software Astrometrica, your students search these images for any unknown asteroids typically located 2-4 AU from the Sun in the Main Belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter."
Congratulations to Hassan Bourhrous and to the AUI astronomy club for this first discovery of its kind in Morocco.
Obaira AFIFI elected National Coordinator of Rotaract Morocco
Obaira AFIFI, SGA secretary and active member of Rotaract and other student clubs, was elected National Coordinator of Rotaract Morocco for 2007-2008 at a meeting in Rabat on September 29th. Her new responsabilities consist of coordinating between all Rotaract's clubs in Morocco and coming up with projects at the national scale.
Dr. James Sater was at Birzeit University near Ramallah in Palestine to participate in a British Academy funded workshop on 'Electoral Politics and the Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East.'
Dr. James Sater, Assistant Professor at SHSS, was at Birzeit University near Ramallah in Palestine on 3 September to participate in a British Academy funded workshop on 'Electoral Politics and the Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East.' He presented his AUI funded research on women parliamentarians and the women's rights movement in Algeria, as well as his latest research on women parliamentarians in Morocco. Dr. Sater has recently published his book Civil Society and Political Change in Morocco (London: Routledge, 2007).
UNESCO Chair "Water, Women and Decision Power" at Al Akhawayn University rewarded by the World Network Science Academies
UNESCO Chair “Water, Women and Decision Power” of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, held by Pr. Asma EL KASMI, was selected to receive the label IAP - WHEP (Inter-Academy Panel on International Issues - Women Health Education Programs) for the year 2007.
Label IAP - WHEP rewards innovative projects working on the education of women on health. It is a guarantee of scientific and ethical excellence.
The label is granted following a contest and a scientific evaluation by an international committee. Two research projects were rewarded at the international level in 2007:
MOROCCO: “Reinforcement of women capacities in the integrated management of water resources through sciences and technologies” by UNESCO Chair “Water, Women and Decision Power” of Al Akhawayn University. The project is conducted by Professor Asma El Kasmi.
PHILIPPINES: “Women as means of development: To ensure a sustainable environment” by the National Academy of Sciences and Technology of Philippines. The project is under the responsibility of Professor Thelmar E. Tupasi.
The Moroccan project will be implemented in the area of Ifrane in the Middle Atlas. It aims at using science and technology to improve the living conditions of the rural populations and to contribute to the protection of natural resources.
Nazih El Bezzari, an AUI student, will represent his university in a summer school in Venice on September 2007
Nazih El Bezzari, former SGA President, have been selected among 15 graduate and PhD European students to present and discuss the history of financial institutions and related subjects in the world. He was also granted a scholarship. For more information, please visit the link below:
Dr Driss Kettani, AUI Professor, chosen by TelQuel Magazine among Top 100 major actors in Morocco
Maria Hanzazi, an AUI professor, went on her third experience under the Fulbright umbrella this past April-June
Maria Hanzazi- former Fulbrighter in 93-95 for an MA in Literature in New Jersey and former alumni Fulbrighter for an amTEFL Certification at SDSU in California- went on her third experience under the Fulbright umbrella this past April-June period where she completed a Teacher Training Certificate at the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. Her program was sponsored by the US Department of State and AMIDEAST-Washington.
She completed six classes at SIT- 2 online and 4 on-site: Addressing Special Needs in the ELT classroom (Dyslexia, Autism, Attention Deficit Problems, Hearing and visual impairments), Supervision: Pre and Post Observation Techniques, Group Facilitation Techniques, A Leadership course, A Spiritual class about feeling well in one’s body while doing the Teaching profession and finally 7 methods to be present and a good leader in the educational profession.
Maria seized the occasion of being physically present in the United States to meet with former colleague and friend at the Language Center, Courtney Leckey.
She’d like to thank Dr. Lahlou, for the precious time off to complete this precious program and AMIDEAST as well as the US Department of State for their gracious boosting of her career.
Fatima-Zahrae Chrifi-Alaoui, has been granted a Fulbright scholarship for a two-year master in the US
Fatima-Zahrae Chrifi-Alaoui has got her BA in Communication Studies and her capstone project was: Strengthen Higher Education Through Innovative Strategies: AUI Alumni Association as a Case Study.
An AUI Student awarded Asian International Program in Ulsan University, South Korea
Our AUI student Hamza Essakhi was granted a scholarship for the Asian International Program in Ulsan University, South Korea where he is going to spend a month. More details
Dr. Said Ennahid participated in the First Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference on Traditional Mediterranean Architecture
Dr. Said Ennahid participated in the First Euro-Mediterranean Regional Conference on Traditional Mediterranean Architecture: Present and Future. REHABIMED Project, funded by the European Euromed Heritage Programme. Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (12-15 July 2007).
For more information, please browse the following link: http://www.rehabimed.net/conferencia/angles/index_conferencia_ang.htm
Mr. Zaid Bouziane and Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine gave lectures on 23-25 July at UNESCO headquarters in Paris
IAMCR (International Association for Media and Communication Research) celebrated its 50th anniversary this year in Paris where it was founded. The conference theme is “Media, Communication, Information: Celebrating 50 Years of Theories and Practices.” More details
Gad El Maleh, Keynote speaker for the 10th Commencement of Al Akhawayn University
Al Akhawayn University organized its annual Graduation Ceremony for the Academic year 2006-2007. This year the Ceremony was marked by the presence of the Moroccan comedian Gad EL MALEH, who made the traditional speech to the graduating students.
2007 United Nations Public Service Award
Dr. Driss Kettani, from the School of Science and Engineering, and his team at the ICT4D lab have won another award: the 2007 United Nations Public Service Award in the category of “Improving the Delivery of Services,” for their Fez e-government project.
An AUI student awarded Haverford College’s Bruce Partridge Post-graduate Scholarship for 2007-2008
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to announce that Fatima Ejekki, who has just completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, has been awarded Haverford College’s Bruce Partridge Post-graduate Scholarship for 2007-2008.
2007 Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards programme
Dr. Driss Kettani and his collaborators have won the TIGA 2007 award, which Dr. Kettani received last Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The award aims to recognize work done for African Governments in the effective use of ICTs for public service delivery TIGA Awards comes as an international recognition for the excellent work done by the ICT4D lab in the e-government projects.
Engineering scholarships are available for both undergraduate and graduate levels and up to full costs. A limited scholarship offer is also available for SBA and SHSS.
Results of National Public Speaking Competition
AUI proud to announce that Ms. Laila Hlimi (COM major) and Ms. Fatima Zahra Azzouzi (SSE major) won respectively First and Third place in the National Public Speaking Competition, held in Mohammedia last Saturday April 14.
2007 Technology in Government in Africa (TIGA) Awards programme.
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Canadian e-Policy Resource Center (CePRC) has nominated a project run by Professor Kettani. More details
Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament
AUI Students Represent Morocco in the first Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament
Iman Kabbaj, Hamza Essakhi, students at AUI and Wadia AitHamza, AUI alumnus will represent Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament that will take place in Berlin from 26 May to 3 June 2007.
AUI student selected for the semi final of Challenger 2007
This is to announce that Othman Benlamlih has been selected for the semi final of Challenger 2007.
Social Entrepreneurship Competition - Seattle
A team of 4 students from AUI will participate in the 2nd edition of the social entrepreneurship competition that will take place in Seattle from February, 27th to March 2nd, 2007. More details. 23 Feb 07.
Major Field Test
Congratulations to SBA students who participated in the MFT (Major Field Test), a test designed by ETS (Educational Testing Service) to measure the basic knowledge and understanding achieved by students in a major field of study. More details. 16 Feb 07.
International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFit 2007)
Iman Amzil, student at the School of Science and Engineering was invited to participate in the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFit 2007). The festival takes place in Trondheim, Norway, from February 16th to 25th, 2007. The title of the Festival is “Global Boundaries”
Désignation de la Bibliothèque Mohammed VI comme Bibliothèque Régionale de la Banque mondiale
Le statut de Bibliothèque Régionale de la Banque mondiale a été accordé à la Bibliothèque Mohammed VI de l’Université.
Le statut de bibliothèque régionale permettra au Centre Public d’Information de recevoir régulièrement, et gratuitement, à partir de siège de la Banque Mondiale à Washington, toutes les nouvelles publications, rapports et autres sources d’informations sur différentes thématiques de développement, aussi bien sur le Maroc que sur la région MENA.
Le Centre Public d’Information (CPI) dispose également d’un accès gratuit aux principales bases de données de la banque mondiale. Il s’agit notamment de la base de donnés « Indicateurs sur le Développement dans le Monde » et de « Indicateurs sur le Financement du Développement ». 19 Jan 07.
Fulbright Senior Specialist
Ms Diane D’Almeida, Modern Languages and Literatures Bibliographer has been appointed as a Fulbright Senior Specialist from Boston University to spend six weeks in Ifrane, Morocco at the Mohammed VI Library of Al Akhawayn University. Among her assignments will be developing a survey on library patron needs, developing a library outreach program for faculty and students, and lecturing at other universities in Morocco. 18 Jan 07.