Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Scripted Victory: Al Chrichmi Wins Film Prize

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) School of Science and Engineering (SSE) student Ali Chrichmi was recently invited to screen and discuss his new short film entitled “The Black Friday” at l'Institut Supérieure d'Ingenierie et des Affaires during their “Short Film Week” between March 19th and 23rd.

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Ali’s “The Black Friday” also won the award for “Best Scenario” during the “Festival International de Court Métrage’s” first iteration that took place from April 16th to April 21st

Turning a New Page: Global Scholars

On March 15–17, 2018, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane's (AUI) very own Multimedia Librarian—Aziz El Hassani—attended Harvard Graduate School of Education's professional seminar series entitled "Library Leadership in a Digital Age". The series sought to show librarians how to maximize their institutions' libraries' efficiency, thereby enabling them to order their affairs in such a way that benefits the creativity that oftentimes characterizes the progressive minds of their schools' professorial and student bodies.

Serbian Interest in Moroccan Art: A Professorial Splash

SHSS Professor Vesna Dragojlov gave a seminal lecture entitled "Risk Change" at the Serbian Museum of African Art that discussed the status of design and art in Morocco. The lecture, which drew large crowds, merited enough follow-up TV interviews  and newspaper mentions that Dr. Dragojlov has been called back for a subsequent lecture in June. Coincidentally, the museum will be dedicating an entire exhibit to Morocco.

An Exchange of Minds: Smith College and AUI

In Fall 2017, SHSS Professor Zaynab El Bernoussi participated in an exchange with Smith College. During this time, Dr. El Bernoussi had the opportunity to share her research on dignity—karama—with the Smith College community and help organize a conference entitled “Contemporary Women and Islam: Politics and Identity”. On February 27, Dr/ El Bernoussi shared her experiences with students and faculty alike while also describing an opportunity of mutual growth for both institutions. While Dr. El Bernoussi was at Smith College, AUI had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Bozena Welborne as the HCC Scholar-in-Residence.
Feel free to consult the Smith College article should you want further information.
AUI is very excited about the Smith College-AUI partnership's future, and is sure that it will continue to bear fruit in years to come.

The Mimouna Club in Fès

On the 25th of February, the AUI's Mimouna Club visited several Jewish-Moroccan sites in Fes. The trip was an opportunity to understand the Jewish-Moroccan identity and to discover many elements of the Jewish Culture. Attendees had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Abraham Sebbagh, the Fès Rabbi, as well as Mr Elie Devico, the treasurer of the Fèssi Jewish community. The Association Mimouna also invited students to join them in a delicious kosher lunch with the community.