Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


AUI Professor Presents in Geneva on Mathematical Models

SSE professor Lahcen Laayouni presented a research seminar in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Geneva over the period of October 14th through 16th. His presentation was entitled “Algebraic Optimized Schwarz Methods for Black-Scholes Models” and explored scientific computations in finance using mathematical models 

A description of his seminar can be found here: 

SSE Professor and Alumnus Publish Article on Software Testing

Dr. Bouchaib Falah, Associate Professor at AUI’s School of Science and Engineering, and AUI alumnus Issar Arab recently published a paper in the Advances in Science, Technology and Engineering Systems Journal (ASTESJ). The paper was entitled “SCMS: Tool for Assessing a Novel Taxonomy of Complexity Metrics for any Java Project at the Class and Method Levels based on Statement Level Metrics,” and explores a model for ensuring quality results in software testing.  

The paper introduces a newly developed tool, named Spectra Complexity Metrics System (SCMS), which compiles a novel taxonomy of complexity metrics of any given software written in the Java programming language. It suggests metrics that have been invented to identify and evaluate the characteristics of Java computer programs. These metrics aim at increasing the efficiency of the testing process by significantly reducing the number of test cases without having a significant drop in test effectiveness. 

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Dr. Therrien Explores a Migrant's Journey to a Better future

School of Humanities and Social Sciences faculty member Catherine Therrien recently published her book, “Celui qui échoue devient sorcier. Parcours d'un migrant camerounais parti d'Afrique et arrivé... en Afrique,” with the Presses de l'Université Laval (PUL 2019) in Canada. The book is a result of more than two years collecting the narrative of a Camerounian migrant who came illegally to Morocco in the hope of reaching Europe, and who finally decided to settle in Morocco. Therrien explores this migrant’s incredible trajectory in which truth surpasses fiction. 

Dr. Falah Awarded IBM's Blockchain Developer's Mastery Badge

Dr. Bouchaib FalahAssociate Professor of Computer Science, attended an IBM training on Blockchain Technology. Subsequently, he successfully passed the IBM Academic Certificate exam for Blockchain Developer Mastery Award.  This achievement also earns him a Mastery Award Badge. 

SHSS Student Publishes Report on the Complexity of Iran-Tunisia Relations

Al Akhawayn student Hafssa Fakher el Abiari conducted foreign policy research at the Center for Iranian Studies in Ankara this summer. Her research shed light on the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Tunisia from the reign of Habib Bourguiba to the presidency of Béji Caïd Essebsi. Hafssa’s work is culminated in a published report entitled, "Inside the Complexity of Iran-Tunisia Relations: Khomeinism, Bourguibism, Realpolitik.”  

Hafssa studies International Relations at Al Akhawayn University and her report can be found at the following link: