Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


SSE Student Wins Second Prize at ActInSpace 2018 Hackathon

On May 25th - 26th, AIRBUS in partnership with the European Space Agency and CNES organized the 2nd edition of the ActInSpace 2018 Hackathon at the International University of Rabat (UIR). SSE student, Yousra Bensouda, represented AUI and won 2nd prize for her project on homeland security and defense using satellites that have the size of a Rubik's cube.

Lounnas - Carnegie Middle East Center

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies, published a new article in the Carnegie Middle East Center. Written with Dr. Dalia Ghanem Yazbeck, the paper entitled "Caliphate in retreat" explains the collapse of the organizations Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) between 2013 and 2018. 

The article is available through this link.

CBE Leads Two Faculty Capacity Building Workshops

Al Akhawayn Center for Business Ethics (CBE) organized two Faculty Development Workshops on Business Ethics Case Writing in Casablanca and Ifrane during April 27th - 28th and May 11-12 respectively,  to accommodate both faculty teaching in French and those teaching in English. A total of 26 faculty members teaching in 14 Business Schools participated in the workshops - all based in eight different cities - including Mohamed VI University, Hassan II University, Moulay Ismail University, ENCG, International University in Rabat (UIR), Mundiapolis and AUI.

“Case Method is a powerful teaching tool in Business Education as it brings, among other things, a piece of business realities into Business Courses. Learning outcomes are usually found to be remembered for life” notes Dr. Wafa El Garah, Founder and Project Director of CBE. “The workshops focused on building faculty capacities in constructing cases as an effort to enrich teaching material with locally contextualized business perspectives. This is geared towards inspiring future managers with socially responsible and values-driven leadership,” adds Dr. El Garah. Facilitated by Paris-based eminent Case Method Specialist, Dr. Tamym ABDESSAMAD, the workshop walked participating faculty through the processes of conceptualizing, scripting, elaborating, and managing case study writing projects. The expert-led workshop was designed for both experienced as well as new case writers. Faculty had the chance to share and exchange best practices regarding impactful uses of Case Method in Business Courses.

Doris Gray: Keynote Speaker at the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference

Dr. Doris Gray, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment at AUI, was invited as keynote speaker for the prestigious 2018 Symposium on Leadership: Value vs Values: Defending International Education in a Complex World, organized by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community, the symposium explores the ways volatility in international relations impacts international education. In conjunction with Prof. Gray, Mrs. Amy Fishburn, Director of the Office of International Programs, also served in NAFSA leadership for two years in an appointed position.

Aims of the MENARA Project in Video

Funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the MENARA Project involves 14 research institutions and around 160 interviews have been conducted so far. Al Akhawayn is the only team to have extensively covered the North African-Sahelian Region; conducting sixty interviews. The AUI MENARA team's great work paid off, resulting in a successful conference, which was held in Budapest back in April.  

The following video summarizes the MENARA Project: