Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Turning the Page: New Ways of Teaching Arabic Reading

AUI's very own Dr. Abdellah Chekayri, SHSS Associate Professor of Arabic Linguistics, has been working on a compendium of new ways to approach teaching Arabic language and reading never before featured in a single location. Dr. Chekayri's work, entitled "Teaching Others to Read Arabic: New Approaches" ("Enseignement de la lecture en arabe: nouvelles approches"), includes a wide array of effective teaching perspectives developed by language specialists, and is meant to be a point of reference for those working in the field. The book is set to be released on November 15th.

QS Ranks Al Akhawayn #1 Moroccan University

The QS Arab Region University Rankings 2018, which recently became available, shows Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane as being the 44th best university in the MENA region. This ranking marks a significant increase from 2017, when AUI was ranked 51–60, and establishes the University as the best university in Morocco, the second being Casablanca’s Hassan II which placed 61–70.

Every year, Quacquareli Symonds (QS), a British company interested in evaluating the state of education worldwide, releases its QS World Universities Rankings—a review that ranks the best universities worldwide. QS’ ranking system takes into account a wide array of variables, from a university’s academic rigor/prestige, to that same school’s web impact. Though the QS World Universities Rankings analyzes where universities fall on a global scale, it also takes into account how they rank regionally. As such, they release one publication for global rankings, and one each for the Asia, Latin America, Emerging Europe, Central Asia, MENA, and BRICS regions.

Lounnas on the Islamic State and the Jihadist Groups

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies, spoke to specialists about the rise and fall of the Islamic state in the Maghreb, and about Jihadist groups' activities in the Sahel during Daech's collapse. Read the full articles here:

Politics of Dignity and its Violations

Zaynab El Bernoussi, Assistant Professor of International Studies, collaborates with a Harvard Professor during her Fulbright to explore the role karama (dignity) plays in both human and national relationships.

AUI Community Members Attend First-Aid Course

 In an attempt to increase safety around campus, the Athletic Department, in conjunction with the Extreme Sports Associations and Medecin Casa Association, organized a first-aid workshop this past Sunday October 7th and 8th in the Event Room. The event was attended by a number of AUI community members, including Athletic Staff, varsity sports team representatives, and club sport presidents.