Alumna Selected for Obama Foundation’s 2018 Africa Program

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) alumna Zineb Lahbabi—International Studies major, Class of 2013 - has recently been selected to be a participant of the Obama Foundation’s “2018 Africa Program”, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, between July 14th and 18th.

The “Africa Program” is a prestigious, yearlong initiative whose aim is to prepare young African leaders for various roles in the government, civil service, and private sector. Participants in attendance of this July’s program will have the chance to meet with prominent members of the Obama administration, and, at the end of the program, will have the chance to attend a town-hall-style meeting headed by former American President Barrack Obama himself.

Zineb is one of 200 participants, chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 10,000 candidates. AUI is very proud of Zineb and can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Ahmed Lekssays Discusses Web Vulnerabilities

On April 28th, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) School of Science and Engineering graduate student Ahmed Lekssays was invited to be the first guest speaker at the "Institut National de Statistique et d'Économie Appliquée’s (INSEA)" IT Village 1.0n INSEA where he discussed "Blockchain and Data Security" and the vulnerabilities he had discovered on Twitter, Whatsapp, Dropbox, and Tumblr. 

Other speakers at the event included a number of professors, researchers, and consultants. The event was attended by the "Secrétaire d’Etat auprès du Ministre de l’Industrie, de l’Investissement, du Commerce et de l’Economie Numérique, chargé de l’Investissement" 

Trainers Worldwide: Meryem Khayat Considers a Global Approach to Saving the World

Meryem Khayat, the president of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane’s (AUI) very own Amnesty International Club, recently participated in the Academy of Amnesty International’s “Training of Trainers” ( TOT) program on participatory methodologies in Human Rights Education in Beirut on April 25–29.

MENARA Progress: Success at the Budapest Conference

On April 18, 2018, the Middle East and North Africa Regional Architecture (MENARA) held yet another conference to check on its teams’ progress.

The AUI MENARA team—composed of Vice President Messari, Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Dr. Mehdi Lahlou, Mr. Rachid Daoudi and Mr. Makhtar Rhanai—is proud to announce that their great work over the course of the past year has paid off, resulting in a successful Budapest conference.

Some of the team’s accomplishments include: submitting 4 papers, two of which are research papers, one of which is a policy brief, and another of which is a future note; conducting five fact finding missions in five MENA countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Mali), making AUI the only team to have extensively covered the North African-Sahelian Region; conducting sixty of the hundred and sixty six MENARA interviews—interviewees ranged from citizens, officials, and people from the opposition, to intellectuals, journalist, NGO representatives, and even international organizations; collecting comprehensive data that will allow the team to render more accurate comparisons; and rigorously managing financial resources.

Cast Your Votes: AUI Alumna Advances to a Research Contest’s Final Round

Idéprisen—a Norwegian scientific research contest—recently announced that Al Akhawayn SSE alumna Ijlal Loufti has advanced to the contest’s final round.

Ms. Loufti, who graduated from Al Akhawayn School of Science and Engineering, obtained a doctorate in Information Security. She gained acclaim in 2008 when—still a student in Oslo—she and two colleagues discovered three asteroids on a collision course with the Earth, a feat that merited her a research prize from the American space agency NASA’s ominously named “Killer Asteroid” project.

Idéprisen’s final round pits the young Moroccan researcher against two other finalists. However, Ms. Loufti’s project, which explores the securitization of information apparatuses with “smart cards”—chips whose basic defense programming makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) — will not be judged by the a panel of Idéprisen officials, but, in a twist, by a public vote, the results of which will which of the three contestants will take home a grant that will enable them to reify their projects.

Users around the world are encouraged to cast their votes here. The vote itself will be open until Thursday, April 26th.

Good luck Ijlal! We wish you the best.