Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Three AUIers Take Part in the WikiArabia 2019 Conference

On October 4-6Al Akhawayn students Abdelghani Lebrini, Hamza Elmoubarik, and Mohamed Reda Benkhadra took part in WikiArabia in Marrakech. WikiArabia is a three-day conference where participants present their experiences and perspectives on Wikimedia projects in the Arab  region. It is the largest regional meeting of Arabic Wikipedia, including participants from the Wikimedia FoundationRoyal Institute for Amazigh Culture, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Southampton, Google MENA, and the Kiwix organization. 

Dr. Cavalli-Sforza Recognized for Data Science Research

Dr. Violetta Cavalli-Sforza presented a keynote speech at the International Conference on Smart Systems and Data (ICSSD’19) on October 3 and 4, 2019. Held at L’Ecole des Sciences de l’Information (ESI) in Rabat, the conference is an international forum for the exchange of original research about data science. Dr. Violetta Cavalli-Sforza's talk was entitled "Supporting Human Intelligence and Learning with Moderately Intelligent Tools.” Working at AUI since 2008, she serves as an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Science and Engineering.  

In addition to her keynote talkDr. Cavalli-Sforza collaborated with Ph.D. students to write papers that were recently accepted to two conferences“Imikode: A VR Game to Introduce OOP Concepts” was accepted at the 19th Koli Calling International Conference on Computing Education Research. The conference will be held November 21-24, 2019 in Koli, Finland. The 4th International Workshop on E-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies (E-LIP’19) and the Fourth International Conference on Big Data and Internet of Things (BDIoT’19) accepted Dr. Cavalli-Sforza's paper MoSAR: Modern Standard Arabic Readability Corpus for L1 Learners.” These conferences will take place October 23-24, 2019 in Tangier-Tetuan, Morocco. 

Over 200 Blood Donors Participate in This Year's Blood Drive

AUI’s Health Center, in collaboration with Rotaract Club, SAO, and the Ministry of Health (Centre de Transfusion Sanguine à Rabat), spearheaded a blood drive on September 23-25. Over the course of three days, 216 students, faculty, and staff gathered outdoors at AUI to donate blood. Al Akhawayn is so appreciative of all of the community members who willingly donated. 


SSE Professors Attend a Training and Project Meeting at the Technical University of Hamburg

SSE facultyDr. Mhammed Chraibi and Dr. Ahmed Khallaayoun, attended week-long training from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 on the latest developments of Smart Grids at the Technical University of Hamburg.   

The focus of the training was twofold. First, the meeting highlighted the energy and electricity challenges that Germany is facing now and in the future, along with the current research aimed at solving these challenges.  The training covered important topics like Energy Sector coupling and Power to X. The second focus of the training was related to new teaching methods in STEM. Top experts in the field presented flipped classrooms and e-learning techniques. After each day of training from Sept. 23 to Sept. 25, AUI faculty attended the bi-annual AT-SGIRES Erasmus+ project meeting where they discussed project progress and actions points. On the last day of the project meeting, a dissemination event was programmed where different accreditation approaches in Europe, the U.S., and the Middle East were discussed.   

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AUI Wins 1st Place in Household Electrical Appliances Monitoring Contest at the Solar Decathalon Africa

AUI’s DarnaSol team won first place in the Household Electrical Appliances Monitoring contest at the Solar Decathalon Africa – an international, collegiate competition for green buildings. The DarnaSol model encompasses a holistic lifestyle system, based around specific environments, target occupants, and sustainable goals. The team’s innovative designs are paving the way for a sustainable future in Morocco and Africa as a whole.