Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Hafid Mekaoui and Mohammed Errihani

Al Akhawayn University Language Center instructor Hafid Mekaoui and Mohammed Errihani, former LC instructor and currently at Purdue University Calumet, gave a presentation at the March 2011 TESOL convention in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. The presentation, entitled Peer-mentoring: Incorporating Native Speaking Students in the English Language Classroom, describes how two university-based intensive English programs (IEPs), one in the United States and the other in Morocco, have implemented and maintained two different approaches to help connect their students with other native speaking students on their campuses with similar results. These programs provide an exceptional experiential learning opportunity by helping both English language learners and their peers learn from each other through daily interaction and exchange of information across cultural, political, and religious boundaries in an environment that fosters mutual respect and understanding.

Rotaract Club

The Rotaract Club at Al Akhawayn University has been awarded the prize for Best Action for Public Interest during the Rotaract MENA District Conference in Tunisia, held from March 24- 27, 2011. Twelve students from Al Akhawayn attended the event, along with participants from other countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, and Mauritania. The conference is organized annually in a MENA region country.

Ahmed Legrouri

Ahmed Legrouri, Dean of the Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering, has been named a member of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Among the GEDC’s upcoming events are its second conference at Peking University in Beijing, China, from October 20-23, 2011, and the ASEE Global Colloquium, to be held in Shanghai from October 24-27, 2011.

Lamia Bazir

Al Akhawayn University student Lamia Bazir (Class of 2012) has been awarded the 2011 Resolution Fellowship from the Social Venture Challenge, which comes with a prize of $1,500 to be used to launch a social project in the Moroccan Middle Atlas village of Adghagh. Bazir’s project, the construction of a public bath, aims at empowering women in the fight against poverty and enabling them to stimulate local development.

Christian Jussen

Al Akhawayn University School of Science and Engineering faculty met on March 24, 2011, with Christian Jussen, a consultant with the German Corporation for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, GIZ) in Morocco. The discussions focused on GIZ’s efforts to create a university research network on renewable energies in Morocco, the contribution of Al Akhawayn to wind energy projects in Morocco, and possible cooperation with a new European Union-funded renewable energies project. Al Akhawayn and the GIZ agreed to work together to offer internships to students, cooperate with German corporations, involve Al Akhawayn faculty in GIZ projects, and more.