Over 200 New Al Akhawayn Students Register for Spring 2012
Ifrane, January 23, 2012 - Having celebrated its 17th anniversary three days earlier, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane started, on January 19, 2012, its new student registration for Spring 2012. Over 200 students registered over four days of registration for Spring semester, an 18 percent increase from last year, bringing the total number of registered students this semester to 1,617.
"We expect enrolment to continue to increase in the years to come, as the University is striving to expand its academic and housing facilities on and off campus, and to achieve its strategic admission goals of 2,000 students by 2014. This is, so far, the largest crop of Spring Freshmen the University has seen," says Cherif Bel Fekih, Vice President for Student Affairs.
Several actions by the University have contributed to this growth. Al Akhawayn has been marketing itself more effectively across a wider range of media. It has also been reaching out to more international students from partner institutions across the globe.
Besides the high number of students coming from different regions in Morocco, Al Akhawayn counts this Spring the enrolment of 72 international students from Burkina Faso, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, Mauritania, Senegal, South Korea, the U.K., and the U.S. International students constitute today about five percent of the total number of students enrolled this semester. In addition, 45 Al Akhawayn students have been placed, this semester, in 8 countries (including South Korea, Sweden, Austria, Germany, and the U.K.) as part of Al Akhawayn's international student exchange programs.
Spring 2012 marks the start of a new year, a new semester, and new faculty. Al Akhawayn hired four new professors from Saudi Arabia, Spain, and the U.S., increasing the total number of faculty from 122 in Spring 2011 to 129 this semester, about 40 percent of whom are international.
"You have here a flexible educational system with a liberal arts component that allows you to learn from the experience and supervision of the best Moroccan and international faculty," said Al Akhawayn President Driss Ouaouicha in his orientation address to students and their parents during the first day of registration.
In a snow-covered campus, registration and orientation continued until January 22, 2012. As is custom during registration and orientation week, Student Ambassadors and University administrators walked the freshmen and their parents through the different sections of the program, from registering for classes and easing transition to Al Akhawayn's liberal arts system, to introductions of the different facilities and services the University has to offer. The program also included entertainment for freshmen before they officially start their classes on Monday, January 23.
"I had a lot of fun and felt warmly welcomed by the University. Student ambassadors made the whole registration process easy and smooth," says Ibtihaj Benali, freshman in Communication Studies.