Al Akhawayn Holds the 9th Installment of the Job Fair
Ifrane, April 6, 2012 – Hundreds of Al Akhawayn University Students visited today the annual Job Fair organized by Al Akhawayn Alumni Association at Al Akhawayn campus in Ifrane. In its 9th year, the event gathered the largest number of recruiters and is expected to grow over the next few years as the market demand for qualified Al Akhawayn students increases.
Over 28 large Moroccan and International companies from all over Morocco took part in the Job Fair. Recruiters have come to interview and select students who may have the potential to join their companies as interns or employees after graduation. Students have explored career opportunities and have had interviews throughout the course of the day.
“This is a good event,” said Computer Science student Lamyaa Eloussi (’13). “I think this is a more personal way for us to find internships and employment, since we can meet recruiters on campus instead of just emailing them.”
Khalid Baddou, President of Al Akhawayn Alumni Association, declared that this year there has been an increase in the number of exhibitors. “Our goal is to bridge the gap between the business world, the academic life of students, and the University to help future graduates get ready for the job market.”
Addressing participants in the Job Fair, Chakib Benmoussa, President of the Moroccan Economic and Social Council and keynote speaker of the event this year, stressed the importance of human resource development in Morocco. He addressed the issue of youth unemployment and employment in the context of a growing Morocco, referring to the importance of a local and national collaboration.
“Building these links between the University and companies is very important,” said Benmoussa. “The Economic and Social Council is working on reforms, new regulations, and recommendations to improve the economy and employment in Morocco.”
Benmoussa recommended the efforts made by Al Akhawayn University. In his opening remarks, he referred to Al Akhawayn as one of the large contributors to the future development of the Moroccan economy. Al Akhawayn has indeed spared no effort in building effective relationships with businesses and other institutions, offering new courses that answer to the market needs, and connecting with the local and national community.
“It is my first time here. Our company is expanding and this is a great opportunity for the students and for us too,” said Bahaa Lebbar from Ford Motor Company.
‘It was a very successful and well organised Job Fair and Al Akhawayn Alumni Association deserves a lot of credit as they have needed minimal support from the University this year,” said Driss Ouaouicha, Al Akhawayn President. “The event is becoming more and more their project. It gives us an opportunity to reconnect with former students and them to connect with their former faculty.”
Among the companies participating in the 2012 Job Fair were Addoha, Group Aksal, Amadeus, Auto Hall, Bank Al Maghrib, Banque Centrale Populaire, CDG, Centrale Laitière, CNDH (Conseil National des Droits de l’Homme), Crédit Agricole, CV Search, DELL, GSK (Glaxo Smithkline), Les Roches, L'Oréal, Microsoft, Ministère de l'Economie et des Finances, NET Com, OCP, ONE, Reckitt Benckizer, Renault, Société Générale, Total Maroc, and Unilever.