Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Khalid Sendide-research

Khalid Sendide, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering, published a research paper entitled “Contribution to the Evaluation of the Integration of ICTs in Learning and Teaching practices” in the online journal of the Public Education & Information Technology Association(Association Enseignement Public et Informatique). Dr. Sendide co-authored the paper with PhD students he supervised from Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University in Fez.

Al Akhawayn Voices United Choir

Famous producer Quincy Jones released on November 11, 2011 his new song Bokra, featuring Al Akhawayn Voices United Choir in the vocals. "Bokra" is a remake in Arabic of Jones' anthem "Tomorrow". The song is launched by Quincy Jones and Emirati social entrepreneur Badr Jafar to raise funds for education and cultural projects for children in North Africa and the Middle East. It features several stars from the Arab world. "Bokra" is co-produced by the famous Moroccan music producer Nadir Khayat (RedOne). For more information about the project, clickhere.

Bouziane Zaid-Online Book

Bouziane Zaid, Assistant Professor of Communication at Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented his online book Mapping Digital Media: Morocco at the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators conference in Beirut, Lebanon, October 28 – November 1, 2011. He also presented two papers entitled “A Typology of Moroccan Media System” and “Media Policy in Morocco” at the International Association of Mass Communication Research conference which took place in Istanbul July 13-17; as well as a paper entitled “Reception Analysis of Moroccan Public Service Television Audiences” at the Gulf Research Center at the University of Cambridge on July 5-7, 2011.

Ali Azeriah-banipal2011

Ali Azeriah, Professor at Al Akhawayn University's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, published an English translation of the short story "Silence" (As-Samt), written by the Emirati author Basema Younes. The Story is published inBanipal, a London-based magazine of Modern Arab Literature (Banipal 42, Autumn-Winter 2011).

John Shoup-Jack Kalpakian-Connell Monette

John Shoup, Professor of Anthropology: North African and Middle Eastern Studies at Al Akhawayn University, published in October 2011 a book entitledEthnic Groups of Africa and the Middle East: An Encyclopedia. The book also includes contributions from other Al Akhawayn faculty: Dr. Jack Kalpakian and Dr. Connell Monette, in addition to several other writers. The book "contains encyclopedic entries arranged alphabetically within ethno-linguistic classifications. Each entry has four main sections: an introduction identifying the language group, where they are found, and their numbers; a brief discussion of their origins and early history; a section on cultural life that includes religion, literature, social organization, and art; and a final section on political organization and recent history. The contents are appropriate for high school and undergraduate students as well as for experts who need a refresher on groups in Africa and the Middle East," as noted in Amazon. The book will soon be available at Al Akhawayn's Mohamed VI Library. 

Along the same lines, and starting Spring 2012, Al Akhawayn University will launch its new MA in North African and Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to a new minor in African Studies. More information on the program can be found