Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


SAO Hosts Awards Night for Student Involvement

The Student Activities Office organized a small reception on May 5, 2017 to honor active students for their continuous commitment and deep involvement in the different activities organized by AUI student organizations. This Awards Night provided SAO with the opportunity to pay special tribute to the advisers of student organizations for their continuous support of student activities. 

Student organizations were given the following awards based on their performance in the category of their organization. Below is the list of the top student organizations:

Club of the Semester, Gold Award: Voices United Choir (VUC)

Educational Club 1st Place:  Moroccan Politics 

Cultural Club 1st Place: Interfaith Alliance 

Recreational Club 1st Place: Drama Club

Social Club 1st Place: Amnesty International Club

Circumcision Day

On Morocco's Labor Day (May 1st, 2017), the Rotaract Club of Al Akhawayn University partnered with Dalaa in organizing the 10th edition of its Circumcision Day. This year's Circumcision Day allowed for the free circumcision of 453 children in a sanitary, safe environment. Rotaract Club designs this annual event to be a day of celebration, where parents and family of the children, along with volunteers and club members, join together to provide children with the safe medical procedure.

El Hamdi Gets His Thesis Published

CLT Educational Technology Assistant, Mr. Abdelhadi El Hamdi’s thesis work was recently published. The book titled "La Formation à Distance pour l’Amélioration de la Formation Continue - Cas de la Formation Hybride Destinée au Personnel de l’Université Al Akhawayn à Ifrane - Maroc" is now available through the following:à-distance-pour-l’amélioration-de-la-formation-continueà-distance-pour-l’amélioration-de-la-formation-continue/isbn/978-3-639-65138-6 

Professor Kettani Selected for the UN e-Government Advisory Group

Professor Driss Kettani has been selected for the United Nations e-Government Advisory Group. The Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) of the UN established this Group in order to support the preparation of the 2018 United Nations e-Government Survey. The Group will act as a think tank and advise how to link the Survey with the Sustainable Development Goals and additional international agreements. It is also expected to advise the UN on the review of the methodology and existing indicators in the survey as well as help develop new indicators. Dr. Kettani has been serving in the E-Government Experts Group since 2011.

Professor Driss Kettani is an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Science and Engineering.


AUI Students Participate in the 2017 Undergraduate Research Competition

On April 25th, students presented and were judged for their work on undergraduate research. A list of the participants and results from the competition can be found below:

SSE student, Alia Razid, won first place for her research, “Characterization of a Metallo-Beta Lactamase Gene,” and was advised by faculty member, Khalid Sendide.

Oumaima Lamaakel, supervised by SSE faculty member Samir El Hajjaji, won second place for her research, entitled: “Potential of Biodiesel Production from Fish Waste in Morocco.”

SHSS student, Joshua Wagner, supervised by faculty member, Paul Love, presented his research entitled: “The Controversiality of Saying ‘Black Lives Matter.’”

SSE student Souhail Meftah, supervised by faculty member, Mhammed Chraibi, presented his paper, “Policy Based Context Aware Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management in the Cloud.”

SSE student, Ismail Alaoui Abdellaoui, advised by faculty member Hamid Harroud, presented his research, “Machine Learning Techniques for Financial Forecasting.”

Ayoub Makroz, supervised by Anas Bentamy, presented his research, entitled: “The Aerodynamic Optimization of a Wind Trubine Blade Using Blade Element Momentum.”

SSE student, Aymane Eddahmani, supervised by Ahmed Khallaayoun, presented his research, “Load Optimization in a Smart Home Energy Management System.”