News Archive - 2009


Partnership Agreement Between AUI and the Regional Academy for Education and Training of the Fez-Boulemane Region

Fez, Dec. 25, 2009 - Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane signed an important new partnership agreement with the Regional Academy for Education and Training of the Fez-Boulemane Region. Through this agreement, Al Akhawayn and the Regional Academy will collaborate on the use of information technology at the primary and secondary school levels, and carry out exchange activities in specialized research and development projects. The two parties will also implement research and training programs, organize joint scientific and cultural conferences and workshops, and promote bilateral exchanges.

The agreement supports Al Akhawayn University's mission to contribute effectively to the development of its region, and strengthens the university's role as a leading institution in educational innovation through enhanced partnerships with national educational institutions, a key element of the university's strategic plan. In addition, the activities covered under the agreement build on Al Akhawayn's highly successful CITI (Center of IT Innovation) project, implemented in collaboration with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Scientific Research. Fez schools had also participated actively in the CITI project.

The five-year renewable agreement, which is effective immediately, was signed by Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, President of Al Akhawayn University, and Mr. Mohammed Ould Dada, Director of the Regional Academy for Education and Training of the Fes-Boulemane Region. The signing ceremony in Fez took place under the presidency of HE Mr. Ahmed Akhchichine, Minister of National and Higher Education and Scientific Research, and among the VIPs in attendance was Mr. Mohamed Rherrabi, Wali of the Fez-Boulemane Region.

ICT4D Research Laboratory organises the closure workshop of eFES Project

The ICT4D Research Laboratory at AUI organises the closure workshop of Fez eGovernment Project (eFES) on December 21st and 22nd.


Fez municipality collaborated with a research team at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane known as Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) to address and ameliorate Morocco’s ICT diffusion related concerns.  The project team (i.e. Fez municipality and ICT4D lab) initiated the need to lead a real-life pilot e-government project in order to build a framework for ICT and explore challenges in ICT implementation.  Accordingly the project team launched eFez project in 2004 and successfully completed a pilot e-government system/platform: electronic Fundamental Etat-civil System (eFES) in November 2005, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada and deployed in the local administration of Fez.

School of Business Administration SBA Offers Technical Assistance for Public Finance and Audit Reform Information System for African Ministries of Finance at CAFRD:

Dr. Mohsen Shawarby of SBA heads the Second Pan African Conference of Auditors-General, and represents SBA for design and implementation of Public Finance and Audit Reform for African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD). The conference will be attended by Morocco,s Ministry of Finance and Min of Interior Chiefs of Cabinet, and Inspector General - paving the way for implementation in Gov of Morocco.

for more information:

The Language Center Receives International Recognition

The Language Center of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is proud to announce that it has been officially accredited by CEA, Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, a US-based international accrediting agency. CEA’s final decision on the LC accreditation was issued on December 09, 2009 by Teresa D. O’Donnell, Executive Director of CEA. In her congratulating message to Dr. Moncef Lahlou, LC Director and Dr. Abderrahim Agnaou, LC Accreditation Coordinator, she said: “I am pleased to let you know that the Commission has granted the program 5-year accreditation with no reporting requirements.” Therefore, the LC’s English Programs are now accredited by CEA for the period December 2009 through December 2014. Within a few weeks, the LC will receive a formal letter, a certificate, and other information related to the 5-year accreditation (the highest possible distinction in initial accreditation). The LC’s English language program is one of only four international programs to receive CEA accreditation and the only one to receive such a distinction in Africa.

CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of instruction and services provided by accredited English language programs and institutions.

Prestigious PhD scholarships for former BTC students Khaoula Ichiba and Alaeddine Meghraoui

Two of AUI MS in Biotechnology graduates (Ms. Khaoula Ichiba and Mr. Alaeddine Meghraoui) got the FRIA scholarship for their PhDs in Belgium (1500 Euros/month for four years).

From all EC countries, only 144 applicants were awarded this scholarship and two of them are from AUI (see attached file). Also, our BTC master was the only one whose students were allowed to apply from outside Europe, thanks to the TEMPUS program. 


One day seminar on Saturday Dec 5, 2009 about Technical Analysis and Trading Techniques

Dr Aguenaou organizes a one day seminar to be given on Saturday December 5, 2009 at the EEC (starting 8:30) by Mr Aymane Chetibi (Equity Trading and Technical Analysis, CDG Capital). The seminar is about Technical Analysis and Trading Techniques. It aims at familiarizing students with the technical tools used nowadays by the majority of short & medium term traders in different financial markets in order to anticipate market moves.

The seminar will provide students with the necessary theoretical knowledge about technical analysis and money management tactics, but it will also give them the opportunity to apply these tools to the specific context of the Moroccan equity market. In addition, students will also be able to participate in real time trading simulations in the Forex market.

Mohammed Bounajma and Meriem Sahli presented in MESA conference in Boston, MA on November 23rd

Professors Mohammad Bounajma and Meriem Sahli gave a presentation at the MESA conference (Middle East Studies Association) in Boston, MA on November 23rd.

The presentation was entitled “Developing Listening Materials for Advanced Non-Native Speakers of Arabic-An Ongoing Project”.

Pr. Sahli was also invited to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to give a presentation on “Moroccan Women’s Legal Rights: Problems and Challenges of Implementation.”

SSE Organizes a One Day Workshop on Drugs and Pharmaceutical Industry

The School of Science and Engineering is organizing a one day workshop on Drugs and Pharmaceutical Industry for our Biotech students on Friday, 4 December 2009.

Some imminent speakers from both industry and academia will be giving presentations on drug development and pharmaceutical industry in Morocco, according to the attached program.

SBA organizes a conference on Climate change: Kyoto protocol and green business opportunity for Morocco.

Dr. Nicolas Hamelin, from the School of Business Administration, will organize a conference on Climate change: Kyoto protocol and green business opportunity for Morocco. on December 2nd, Audit 4, building 4, from 18h00 to 20h00.

Speakers and specialist of climate change will animate this seminar:

1. Dr N. Hamelin SBA, AUI

2. Prof A. Ziane, ENSEM & Hassan II university

3. Mrs Ouafae BOUCHOUATA, Service de la Coopération Multilatérale

Direction du Partenariat, de la Communication et de la Coopération

Sous Secrétariat d'Etat à l'Eau et à l'Environnement

Ministère de l'Energie et des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement

Dean Ahmed Legrouri Attended the Launch of the Arab Knowledge Report 2009 in Dubai:

Following an invitation from the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF), Dean Ahmed Legrouri attended the Arab Strategy Forum 2009 in Dubai, which marked the launch of the first edition of the Arab Knowledge Report (AKR): Towards Productive Intercommunication for Knowledge. The invitation came to him as a member of the Advisory Board of the AKR.

The report is the fruit of a collaborative effort between MRBF and UNDP-RBAS. It is the first of a projected series of reports that address the state of knowledge in the Arab Region.  The ultimate goal is to identify opportunities related to the acquisition, production, creation, and deployment of knowledge, as a primary avenue for human development in the region.

Hard copies of the Report are available in the Mohamed VI Library. Both Arabic and English versions of the Arab Knowledge Report are given below in PDF format.

Dr. Mohammed Bounejma presented a paper in an international conference at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia on November 3rd

Dr. Mohammed Bounejma presented a paper in an international conference on “Teaching Arabic for Non-native Speakers” at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia on November 3rd.   Dr. Bounejma’s paper is entitled “The Evaluation of Oral Language Proficiency for Non-native Speakers of the Arabic Language based on ACTFL Criteria (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).”   

For more information please check the following website:

ISLAMIC WORLD: Plan to reform nations' universities:

The 57 Islamic states have approved a plan to upgrade their universities as a means of achieving world-class status, as well as reforming them to become "functional developmental institutes" providing valuable resources for business, industry and society.

The plan was announced at a workshop, Achieving Excellence in Higher Education, in Ifrane in Morocco earlier this month. It was organised by the Islamic development bank of the 57 members of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference and Al-Akhawayn University. The conference consists of countries from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, Southeast Asia and South Asia.

The aim of the plan is to build a critical mass of world-class scientists and technologists in targeted science and technology areas, while also promoting relevant research and development outcomes for the private sector.

Fifteen institutions, five from Africa, Asia and the Arab world, were identified to carry out the upgrades and reform, and to promote scientific research in agriculture, nanotechnology and information and communication technologies.

The institutions were selected using international and regional university rankings, as well as their readiness to meet the demands and their likely impact on the development of knowledge-based economy.

The plan will be tested in a pilot programme involving three institutions from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Eventually, at least 12 additional institutions around the various Islamic states will be involved.

A diagnostic report for each institution will be prepared to ensure it has the necessary minimum standards to leap-frog to excellence and to precisely define the objectives to be reached by the end of the upgrading.

As the shortcomings of science in the Islamic states have been highlighted by the lack of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region, partnerships between the selected science and technology institutions and the private sector will be established.

A quality assurance system will be incorporated and benchmarks established as indicators of the quality and achievements will be monitored.

"The roadmap will have a good impact on building a sustainable development and equipping the future generation with new scientific skills, technological knowledge and innovative ideas, if it is properly managed and supported financially," said Ahmed Legrouri, co-chair of the workshop and dean of science and engineering at Al Akhawayn University.

Abdalla Khogali, dean of faculty of engineering at Khartoum University in the Sudan, told University World News: "The Islamic world is not poor in resources but it needs the political support to see the benefits of higher education for the development of knowledge-based economy. There is a lot of talk and countless meetings on these issues but very little concrete actions on the ground. I sincerely hope it will be different this time."

By: Wagdy Sawahel

15 November 2009 

Issue: 101 

Faculty News

Dr. Driss Maghraoui and Dr. Michael Willis from Oxford University  have recently edited a special volume on Reforms in Morocco with Mediterranean Politics .

The volume can be accessed at:

This volume has just been selected by the Washington based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as an example of scholarship on the topic of reforms in the Arab World.

For more information check the following website:

New Publication by Dr. Karim Moustaghfir

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir has published a new article in the International Journal of Knowledge Management Research and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan Journals - Vol. 7, N° 4). The article is entitled: "How Knowledge Assets Lead to a Sustainable Competitive Advantage: Are Organizational Capabilities a Missing Link?".

For further information visit the publisher's website:

AUI Launched the official Educative Website ""

AUI launched the official Educative website "", for science education at the college, conducted by the Center of IT Innovation for Human Development (CITI) in partnership with the Department of Education and the Korea Agency for International Cooperation (KOICA)On Nov 5th, 2009.

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir participated in the official opening of the Arab Academy for e-Business in Aleppo

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir has participated in the official opening of the Arab Academy for e-Business in Aleppo (Syria) on October 31st 2009. The Academy is an initiative of the Council of Arab Economic Unity - Arab League.

Dr. Karim Moustaghfir and other colleagues from Scuola Superiore ISUFI (Italy) gave a talk on e-Business technologies, processes, and benefits with some illustrative Moroccan and Italian cases.

The Knowledge Sharing Workshop

In the context of implementing the IDB Program for Achieving Excellence in Higher Education, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), Morocco, and the Islamic Development Bank, organized a Knowledge Sharing Workshop from 2 to 4 November 2009 at AUI.

The workshop brought together participants from government institutions, throughout the Islamic world (countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference, OIC), as well as experts and specialists from OIC and non-OIC leading educational institutions to explore the topic “Achieving Excellence in S&T Higher Education”.

The goal of the workshop was to discuss and validate Roadmaps towards “Achieving Excellence in Science and Technology Higher Education in Islamic Countries”, including a General Roadmap and three Sector Roadmaps focusing on the areas of Nanotechnology (in the Asia region), Information and Computer Technology (in the Arab region), and Agriculture (in the Africa region).

Consultants have prepared in advance drafts of the four Roadmaps, which were discussed and expanded by the Workshop’s participants. The Roadmaps provided recommendations of approaches to be applied in order to develop strong educational programs in the corresponding areas.

Participants in the Workshop came from: Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sudan, Turkey, and Uganda. Representatives from these countries presented information on the current state of scientific and technical education in their respective countries. In addition, eight university representatives (from inside the OIC as well as outside) discussed their experiences and best practices in implementing science and technology education. The final Roadmaps will be published and distributed in order to spur development and assist countries throughout the region in improving scientific education.

>> For more information please visit the workshop website:

Dr. Asma El Kasmi appointed Director of the Arab Water Academy

The Arab Water Academy appointed its first director, Dr. Asma El Kasmi, Former AUI professor and the UNESCO chairholder , UNESCO Chair "Water, Women and Decision-making", University Al Akhawayn, Ifrane. Prof Asma El Kasmi takes up the position on November 1st and aims to bring a wealth of international water education experience to the Academy...  

Launched in July 2008, the Arab Water Academy (AWA) was created with the aim of becoming a regional “center of excellence” for executive education in water. The AWA's focus is on strengthening the knowledge and skills of the Middle East and North Africa's decision-makers to address and manage effectively the region's water challenges. Initiated by the Arab Water Council (AWC), the Academy is based in the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi's (EAD) headquarters in Abu Dhabi, and is managed by International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA)

Below are some links about the launching of the program on the Diplomacy of Water: 

Sawaed Contest: Enhanced Technologies Awaraded

Enhanced Technologies (SARL) , a social entrepreneurship initiative based at AUI incubator and created as a spinoff of IDRC-funded eFez project and led by AUI SSE graduate, Mrs. Houda Chakiri, was selected among top ten finalists of Sawaed contest 2008-2009for generating innovative ideas using ICT to promote Arabic Content in the Arab World. Launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation in June 2008, Sawaed competition received 131 submissions from 16 Arab countries. Enhanced Technologies, the only representative of Morocco and the only Arab female finalist, received an award during a prestigious Sawaed ceremony that was attended by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

More information available at:

Brief overview on Enhanced Technologies (ET): 

Enhanced Technologies ( ET) is a spinoff of AUI created after the eFez project funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). ET has worked towards contributing to Morocco’s development via designing and implementing digital technologies’ solutions to address specific development needs. ET has introduced innovation to various public administrations in Morocco. These include: 

·          “Caisse Central de Garantie” (CCG); 

·           Wilayas of Fez-Boulmane, Meknes-Tafilalt, Taza-Hoceima-Taounate, Grand Casablanca, Doukalla Abda and Oriental 

·          Provinces of El Hajeb, Ifrane, Safi and Larache   

·          Municipalities of Boumalne Dades, Fez-Agdal county, and Fez municipality.  

ET team’s core competencies fall into these categories: 

·          Software Development : via designing; developing; implementing; deploying, and scaling up/rolling out integrated and comprehensive e-government systems that enable automated workflow and related service delivery; 

·          Records digitization : via converting paper records to digitized format; and 

·          Technology transfer via interactive training, and coaching. 

ET Credentials & Awards : 

·          2006 : ET was selected to become a member in Morocco’s   APEBI network; and since then, it has become a recognized element often solicited to represent the network abroad 

·          2007 : The excellence qualities of Enhanced Technologies’ different contributions were acknowledged at the global level : Enhanced Technologies was selected among the 100 winners of “Global Young Social Entrepreneurs' Competition” , only 4 companies were selected in North Africa and Middle East region. The competition was celebrated during the Third Global Knowledge Conference ( GK3) held from the 11th to the 13rd December 2007 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

·          2008: ET received award during the Fifth conference on Scientific Research Outlook (SRO5) in the Arab World   

·          2009: ET was selected A semi -Finalist in King Abdullah II Award for Youth Innovation & Achievement (KAAYA) : from 950 applicants, ET was selected among top 20 applicants as a semi -Finalist 

·          2009 : ET was one of the few selected from 200 candidates who received ICTD2009 travel/participation scholarship   to attend the 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development ( ICTD2009 ), held late April 2009 at Carnegie Mellon 's state-of-the-art campus in Doha, Qatar. Speakers included a Keynote by William H. Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Honorary Participants included Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation. 

·          2009 : ET was selected among top ten finalists of Sawaed contest 2008-2009 .

School of Business Administration (SBA) Accreditation Process

As part of its strategic plan, the School of Business Administration (SBA) of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) has started in 2007 an accreditation process with the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). In particular, the SBA is seeking the European Program Accreditation System (EPAS) for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program.

This international accreditation aims at providing the SBA with the assurance that its BBA program meets high international standards in terms of quality of its curriculum’s design and content, pedagogical methods, faculty body, students and graduates, and is ready to face the new challenges of the job market. This accreditation project is an important milestone for the SBA, as it represents external validation and international recognition of the SBA quality. It is within the School’s larger strategic plan for its quality assurance and international accreditation of its academic programs that also includes AACSB and EQUIS as other international accreditation systems.

The EPAS Accreditation process has several benefits. It represents international market recognition of a high quality program, as well as an opportunity for international benchmarking. It is also an opportunity for the School management team to reflect on key attributes of the program and to engage in a beneficial continuous improvement process. Finally, it is an occasion in which the School is invited to formalize and document its processes within a well-defined framework.

The SBA received EPAS eligibility for its BBA Program in March 2008 and submitted its Self-Assessment Report in August 2009. A Peer Review Team will visit the SBA on October 13-14 and will meet with the Program’s stakeholders (students, faculty, employers, alumni, School and University management) to get their respective feedback on the quality of the program. This visit represents the final step of the EPAS Accreditation Process and the conclusion of an enjoyable and instructive journey.

Hand in Hand Association's 2009 Medical Campaign

Hand in Hand Association and “l'Association des Médecins Internes du CHU de Rabat-Salé” in collaboration with the Delegation of the Ministry of Health in Ifrane organized the 2009 Medical Campaign on the 9th and 10th of October 2009 in the region of Bakrit (2 hours drive from Ifrane). This campaign engaged 42 interns and 3 professors from more than 14 different specialties.

During these two days, doctors offered free consultation to the needy people of the region providing them with free medication as this community has a limited access to health care.

The Alumni & Career Orientation Office is organizing a career conference on October 1st from 09:00 a.m till 04:00 p.m in the Student Lounge (Student Center). The theme of the conference is "Methodology of Recruitment: Meeting Recruiters". In addition to presentations of the different recruitment strategies adopted by recruiters, a debate as well as mock interviews will take place.


- Dr. Amal LAALOU, Professeur de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Université Hassan II, Mohammedia & Directrice du Laboratoire de Gestion des Ressources Humaines et d'Audit Social (LAGERHAS), moderator

- Dr Karim Moustaghfir, Professeur des Ressources Humaines, Université Al Akhawayn

- Mr Monssif ABIED, Directeur Général, SCANIA

- Mr Amal BOUAMAMA, Directeur d'exploitation, ONE 

- Mr Khalid BENGHANEM, Directeur des Ressources Humaines, ALTADIS Maroc

- Mr EL Hadi KERKOURI, Directeur des Ressorces Humaines, BRINKS Maroc

- Mr Noureddine BAHIR, Directeur Commercial, Bimo, Groupe ONA

It is an opportunity to meet with HR experts and recruiters, directly interact with them and test your knowledge about recruitment/interview techniques.

SHSS Senior Capstone Awards Ceremony

To encourage the excellence of student work, the school of Humanities and Social Science organized awards ceremony on September 30rd to recognize the students with the best senior capstone project, and the ones who are on the President’s and Dean’s list.

The ceremony was distinguished with the presence of Mrs. Nouzha Skalli, Minister of Social Development, Family, and Solidarity as the keynote speaker. Under the theme of “The role of universities in promoting women's rights in Morocco”, Mrs. Skalli shared with the audience important facts and figures inspiring the students to persevere in their work and future endeavors. 

The awards were given to three students from the different program studies of the SHSS:

From the International Studies, the winning project is “Fighting Violence Against Women and the Network of Listening Centers Anaruz” by the student Cherrabi El Alaoui under the supervision of Dr. Bouzidi. 

From the HRD, the winning project is “The relationship between career plateauing and turnover intentions - the case of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane” by the student Amine Lamsili under the supervision of Dr. Duncan Rinehart.

From the Communication Studies, the winning project is “Knowledge City” by the student Afifa El Bayed under the supervision of Dr. Ibahrine.

Dr. Driss Maghraoui, who is currently a visiting professor at Illinois Wesleyan University, was recently invited to give a talk at Cornell University in the context of a conference on “Africa and World War II” (September 17-20, 2009).  Dr. Maghraoui presented a paper on ‘The Moroccan Effort de Guerre in World War II”.

The conference was organized by the Africana Studies and Research Center as well as other centers from Columbia University, Ohio State University and Rutgers University. For more information on the event and the Africana Studies and Research Center, check the following Cornell website: The papers presented at the conference will be published as an edited volume with Indiana University Press.

Quality Management in Higher Education 

Dissemination Conference

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane organizes a dissemination conference for the project on Quality Management in Higher Education, on Thursday October 8, 2009. The Conference will mark the successful conclusion of the project, the presentation of the University's 5 year Strategic Plan for 2010-2014, and will serve as a platform for the transfer of best practices in matters of strategic planning and quality assurance.

The Quality Management in Higher Education project covers all university components, including the divisions of Student Affairs, Finance and Administration, and Information Technology and Systems, in addition to all the schools and centers. The purpose of the project has been to establish a university-wide structure to promote institutional quality and empower AUI to act as an excellence model for other regional educational institutions concerned with quality. A dedicated Quality Assurance Resource Center, with state-of-the-art equipment for best performance has also been one of the fruits of the project.

This Tempus Project is the result of close collaboration between Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, the UNESCO Chair of Quality Management at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) in Barcelona, the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium and the support of EU funding.

AUI’s Language Center Undergoing Accreditation

To ensure international recognition among renowned institutions of higher education, and as part of the quality assurance efforts undertaken by AUI, the Language Center is undergoing a process of accreditation under the supervision of CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation), a US-based international accrediting agency.

A steering committee made up of the LC director and four faculty members set an agenda for implementing the actions related to the accreditation process, including the drafting of an extensive self-study report that describes in detail how the LC meets CEA’s 52 standards. After the submission of the report last June, CEA formed a team of site reviewers, who will be in charge of evaluating the self-study and verifying the claims reported therein when they come on site (Sept. 28 – Oct 02).


As a result of the whole process, a number of changes have been introduced to improve operations and procedures. Such changes affected the way the annual program review is conducted in that it included, for the first time, four paired meetings between individual course coordinators and a member from the steering committee in order to overhaul the curriculum and fine-tune the course descriptions, the syllabi and ILOs (Intended Learning Outcomes) in light of CES’s recommendations. Moreover, the formalization of operations and procedures is now a major gain for the LC. The following documents are now ready for public reference and consultation:

The LC Student Booklet

The LC Faculty Handbook

The LC Admin Operations Manual

The LC Strategic Plan

The LC Mission Statement

New Article from AUI-ICT4D LAB


Kettani Driss and Asmae El Mahdi from the ICT4D Lab published a new article entitled: 

“Fez eGovernment Project: An Initiative Transforming Scientific Research to Value in Morocco” Proceedings of the 9th European Conference on e-Government – London – 2009 – Print FORMAT, (Ed.) Hahamis, Panos and Remenyi, Dan, pages: 389-397, Academic Publishing Limited, Reading, UK, ISBN 978-906638-33-7Book , available online at :

Emerald Databases on Trial

Mohammed VI library has set up a trial for AUI community to Emerald databases, the world's leading publisher of management research.

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This trial will start on Monday 14th September and end on Monday 12th October.

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98 of the world’s top 100 business schools (listed by the 2006 Financial Times MBA school rankings – FT 100) subscribe to Emerald titles.

All of Emerald research journals are peer-reviewed to ensure the highest quality.

Publishing with Emerald gives the widest dissemination of any scholarly publisher in our field, with nearly 2 million average monthly downloads (2007 figures).

F'tour Débat 2009

Al Akhawayn Alumni Association held its sixth edition of F’tour Débat on September 14th in Casablanca. The panel discussion on the theme of “Doing Business: Opportunities in Time of Crisis”, was a good opportunity to enrich the audience’s knowledge about entrepreneurship in Morocco. The traditional F’tour Débat saw the participation of specialists in the field and was attended by nearly 200 people including the Al Akhawayn alumni, continuing students, executives, administrative staff members, and media.

Panelists presented and discussed aspects and principles essential for businesses to thrive in Morocco even in time of crisis. Most importantly, the speakers focused on being innovative, initiators, perseverant, analytical, and for the business to be sustainable. More detailed information was presented to the audience ending with an open discussion and questions further enriching the debate.

* Panelists:

- Mr. Hamid Belafdil, Director of Regional Center of Investment (CRI), Casablanca / panel moderator 

- Mr. Driss Ouaouicha, President of Al Akhawayn University.

- Mr. Karim Tazi, CEO of Richbond

- Mrs. Boutaina Iraqui, CEO of the Moroccan Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AFEM) and Member of Parliament

- Mr. Faouzi Chaabi, Vice president, YNNA Holding, and Member of Parliament

- Mr. Mohamed Horani, President of General Confederation of Businesses in Morocco (CGEM).

- Ms. Fatima Zahra Oukacha (Al Akhawayn Alumna), CEO of Transworld Protection

Andaloussi music night featuring Moroccan artist Mohamed Bajedoub

Al Akhawayn University opened the Fall 2009 semester recreational activities by its traditional music night, featuring famous Andaloussi Master, the Moroccan artist Mohamed Bajedoub and Debbi Orchestra. 

Students, faculty, and staff filled the amphitheater of the University and were all delighted by the Andaloussi music melodies and great talent of the famous artist Bajedoub, recognized as one of the most important figures of Andaloussi music. 

The public enjoyed singing with the artist and his band the famous traditional airs of Andaloussi in a festive atmosphere.

Al Akhawayn University, number one Moroccan university in the African, Arab and world rankings of Webometrics

Webometrics, the directory of World universities ranked by their presence on the web, published its new edition of the World's top universities. Since 2004, the Ranking Web is published twice a year (January and July), covering more than 17,000 Higher Education Institutions worldwide. Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good impact and prestige indicator of universities. Rank summarizes the global performance of the University, provides information for candidate students and scholars, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

This edition showed an improvement in the ranking of Al Akhawayn University (AUI), which took the lead of Moroccan universities in the African, Arab and world rankings.

In the ranking of Top African universities, AUI moved from rank 29 to 19. For the Arab World ranking, AUI also improved its position and is now ranked 25 up from 36 in January 2009.

AUI also improved its world ranking to lead the ranking for Moroccan universities. From January to July 2009, AUI moved from rank 4571 to 3635. The second Moroccan university listed is Al Caddi Ayyad University (ranked 3956).

The "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities" is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain. CSIC is among the first basic research organizations in Europe; attached to the Ministry of Education, its main objective is to promote scientific research so as to contribute to scientific and technological development. 

For further information, Please refer to Webometrics website:

Fall 2009: A New Start at Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University starts a new fall semester rich with change. While upgrading its facilities and services, the university abides by its strategic priorities and strives to achieve its goals and objectives accordingly. This semester has brought a considerable expansion to the number of new students and faculty. In comparison to previous semesters, the number of applicants radically increased leading to a more selective admission for the fall semester. Out of over 1400 students tested only 222 were admitted, which is almost 1 out of every 7 applications. In view of that, the University put all of its necessary resources to task. With the deployment of the new information system manager EX Jenzabar, it succeeded in having a smooth registration and orientation program acknowledging the substantial efforts of the staff members and the student ambassadors involved.

The new students along with their parents had the chance to learn more about the assets of the university and gain a better understanding of its orientation. In his speech to them, President Driss Ouaouicha stressed important points such as the advantages of the educational system being adopted by the university under the supervision of some of the best Moroccan and international faculty, and that the University is built upon a number of principles including tolerance, multiculturalism, and the presentation of self while knowing about the other. The President urged parents to give more freedom to the students while retaining some distant supervision, but always holding them accountable for their actions. He also noted that their trust in Al Akhawayn University is a trust in a whole nation, and that it is a belief that the building of tomorrows’ Morocco begins by preparing young people who will create the future under the guided leadership of His Majesty King Mohamed VI, to whom we wish good recovery.

All efforts were made to assure an excellent start to the semester. A special care was given to the new students to help them successfully embark on their journey at AUI. Hassan Lahlou, newly registered in Communication Studies, expresses his good impression on AUI as being welcoming with its nice people, especially the Student Ambassadors.

In the same way, Al Akhawayn University considers its international openness and visibility. Within the framework of our exchange program with different worldwide universities, 83 international students attending AUI this Fall, including 6 transient students and 7 degree seeking students. These students are from USA, Italy, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Tanzania, Sudan, Oman, and Canada. On behalf of the University, the President wishes to them a pleasant and fruitful experience in the land of tolerance and co-existence.

In addition, the University recruited 25 new faculty members from various countries: Morocco, USA, Malaysia, Canada, South Africa, England, and France. Upon their arrival to AUI, they underwent a four days orientation program to provide them with useful information. They liked the calm and the beauty of the campus as well as the staff and faculty’s friendliness and cooperation, looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

Message de fidélité et de loyalisme à SM le Roi du président de l'Université Al Akhawayn

Rabat, 24/07/09- Le Cabinet Royal a reçu un message de fidélité et de loyalisme adressé à SM le Roi Mohammed VI, par le président de l'Université Al Akhawayn, M. Driss Ouaouicha, à l'issue des travaux de la 16ème conférence annuelle du Réseau Marocain de l'Education et des Ressources (MEARN), tenue sous le Haut patronage de SM le Roi à l'Université Al Akhawayn à Ifrane.

Dans ce message, M. Driss Ouaouicha, ainsi que le président du MEARN, expriment en leurs noms respectifs et en celui de l'ensemble des participants, leurs sentiments de loyalisme et de fidélité au glorieux Trône alaouite, faisant part de leur fierté et gratitude au Souverain pour l'intérêt accordé à cette conférence et à la promotion de l'éducation et de la formation.

Cette conférence a constitué un espace fertile pour le développement des moyens de partenariat entre les enseignants et les jeunes à l'échelle nationale, régionale et internationale, en vue de mettre en oeuvre les orientations éclairées du Souverain visant à promouvoir un dialogue entre les civilisations, fondé sur la paix et les valeurs de tolérance et de coopération, ajoute le message.


Colonies de vacances Bayt Mal Al-Qods à l'Université Al Akhawayn: Match de football à Ifrane entre des enfants d'Al Qods et une équipe d'Al Kadam Addahabi

Ifrane, 27/07/09 - Un match de football entre des enfants d'Al-Qods Acharif et une équipe d'Al Kadam Addahabi (Talent d'or) a été organisé, dimanche au stade d'honneur d'Ifrane, à l'occasion des festivités de la Fête du Trône.

Cette rencontre s'inscrit dans le cadre de la 2ème session des colonies de vacances estivales au Maroc, organisée du 18 juillet au 3 août par l'Agence Bayt Mal Al-Qods Acharif, sous le Haut patronage de SM le Roi Mohammed VI.

Bénéficiant à 50 enfants, âgés de 12 à 15 ans, de 16 écoles de la ville d'Al-Qods, cette session, baptisée au nom de SAR le Prince Héritier Moulay El Hassan, intervient après le succès de la 1ère session et l'audience historique accordée, en 2008, par SM le Roi Mohammed VI aux participants et leurs accompagnateurs, à l'occasion de la Fête de la Jeunesse.

Dans une déclaration à la MAP, en marge de cette rencontre, le directeur général de l'Agence Bayt Mal Al-Qods, M. Abdelkébir Alaoui M'Daghri a souligné que cette session n'est qu'une des multiples formes de soutien et de solidarité apportées par l'Agence au peuple palestinien.

Il a tenu à souligner qu'en parallèle avec cette session, qui se tient sous le Haut patronage de SM le Roi Mohammed VI, Président du comité Al Qods, l'Agence organise d'autres colonies à Al Qods au profit de 2.500 bénéficiaires.

L'Agence entreprend aussi de multiples actions et programmes au profit des Palestiniens, a-t-il dit, citant, entre autres, l'inauguration d'une salle polyvalente au club des jeunes chrétiens, la réalisation en cours d'un stade de football, le réaménagement du club Hanina pour les jeunes, outre le soutien moral et matériel des associations locales.

Dans une déclaration similaire, l'Ambassadeur de la Palestine à Rabat, M. Ahmed Sobh a souligné que cette initiative prouve encore une fois le soutien que ne cesse d'apporter le Maroc, sous la conduite éclairée de SM le Roi Mohammed VI, à la résistance du peuple palestinien.

"Cette session est un signal fort d'espoir adressé aux Palestiniens en faveur de la défense de la cause palestinienne", a-t-il dit.

Sont programmés au cours de cette session, qui se déroule dans l'enceinte de l'Université Al Akhawayne, diverses activités éducatives et concours artistiques, culturels et sportifs, encadrés par des experts de l'université et des professeurs de l'Institut supérieur de l'art dramatique et de l'animation culturelle, outre des visites dans les régions relevant de la province d'Ifrane, ainsi qu'à Fès et Meknès et au site archéologique de Volubilis et dans d'autres villes.

Des groupes de jeunes du conservatoire de musique de Meknès participent à l'animation d'une partie de cette session.


Dr. Bachir Raissouni leaves AUI for New Horizons:

A reception was held yesterday in honor of Dr. Bachir Raissouni with the presence of Mr. President, executives and staff members. It was a pleasant moment to share memorable souvenirs with Dr. Raissouni and to pay him a tribute for his dedication to the University. Mr. President on behalf of the University expressed his deep gratitude for all the services rendered to AUI. Dr. Raissouni thanked and wished good luck to all AUI community.

Dr Raissouni, who is one of the AUI executives that worked hard to launch the university, witnessed the evolution of the University until now and served it with devotion and dedication as a professor, Dean of the School and Engineering, Executive Director of CEIRD and advisor to the Environment club since its creation.Dr. Raissouni leaves his position as Executive Director of the Center of Environmental Issues and Regional Development for family reasons. The University will surely miss Dr. Raissouni and we all wish him and to his family well in all their future endeavors.

IDRC Forest: Capacity Building Workshop

Al Akhawayn University organized a building capacity workshop titled: “Adaptive Management of Forest Resources and in Social and Gender Analyses” from on 20-24 July 2009 in the Board Room of Al Akhawayn University.In fact, Al Akhawayn University in close collaboration with the Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs, Salé, and partners in Algeria and Tunisia, received financial support for a research project from Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC).

This project aims to use a participative and adaptive approach in the management of forest resources.

Bayt Mal Al Quds Summer Camp for Palestinian Children in AUI :

Edition of “His Royal Highness the Crown Prince Mly Al Hassan”.

AUI hosts the second edition of the Summer Camp organized by  Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency for the Palestinian children from Al Quds Acharif from July 18th to August 3rd , 2009.

Many cultural and recreational activities are programmed to offer a pleasant stay for more than 50 participants and their supervisors from Al Quds Acharif.

AUI Welcomes the Moroccan-British Youth in visit to Morocco:

AUI is pleased to welcome a delegation of a Moroccan-British youth in visit to Morocco from July 19th to July 30th. The delegation will participate in different activities organized at AUI .

The program of the group includes visits to Rabat, Ifrane, Fez, Errachidia, Merzouga, Zagoura, M’hamid El Ghizlane, Ouarzazat, Marrakesh, and Casablanca.

Children's 2009 Summer Program

The Association Al Akhawayn pour les Œuvres Sociales and the Development and Communication Department organize ‘Children’s 2009 Summer Program’ in its 3rd edition from Monday, July 6 through July 16. 100 AUI kids are participating in this annual big event: 46 Bears (age between 4 and 6) and 54 Lions (age between 7 and 12). The program, which is entertained by two clowns, contains variety of activities, fun games and excursions to Ras El Ma near Ifrane. A show will be presented on the final day to demonstrate the talents of our kids.

The 16th Annual iEARN International Conference and 13th Annual Youth Summit at Al Akhawayn University

The Moroccan Education and Resource Network -MEARN and Al Akhawayn University co-organize the 16th Annual iEARN International Conference and 13th Annual Youth Summit at Al Akhawayn University from July 19 to 25. This is a gathering open to all, including those who have never worked in iEARN projects before. It typically brings together teachers, students, administrators, Ministry officials, and NGO partners from over 70 countries. It builds upon previous conferences in Argentina (1994), Australia (1995), Hungary(1996), Spain (1997), USA (1998), Puerto Rico (1999), China (2000), South Africa (2001), Russia (2002), Japan(2003), Slovakia (2004), Senegal (2005), the Netherlands (2006), and Egypt (2007).

The conference aims:

- To facilitate communication and develop partnerships between educators and youth locally, regionally and globally.

- To use communication technology in education to improve the health and welfare of the planet and its people.

- To improve student skills and quality of education.

- To establish institutional links among all partners of education.

- To support E-learning and professional development.

- To promote inter cultural dialogue.

- To share models for how educational telecommunications can be used to affect positive social, political and economic change, and address unmet human and environmental needs.

- To share successful classroom project examples that makes a meaningful difference, and ideas/models of curriculum/classroom learning enhancement.

- To demonstrate and provide hands-on experiences in leading technology.

- To encourage cross-cultural understanding through the use of different languages in project work, making a place for voices which are not usually heard, and exploring other ways of breaking down barriers.

- To enlarge the iEARN community to expand its global community of educators and youth leaders using telecommunications.

Some of the workshops, presentations and cultural activities you can expect are:

Including Youth with Disabilities in International Education

The Friendship Journey - Time to Change the World Global Education in the 21st Century

iEARN projects in Slovenian schools

Copy Right or Copy Wrong

Harnessing the Web 2.0 tools for education

Collaborative Learning

Learning Circles 2009

Team Development and Interpersonal communication

Report of 2009 NDYS (Natural Disaster Youth Summit)

International Professional Development Toolkit

Machinto...Do you Hear a Little Bird Crying? Project

My City and Me Project

Youth Summit Goals:

- To engage students and youth from countries around the world in active dialogue about the globe’s most pressing challenges.

- To provide a forum of mutual respect and understanding for participants from countries around the world.

- To build a network of highly achieving leaders around the globe.

- To promote inter cultural dialogue.

In addition to ongoing workshops and professional networking opportunities, the conference will include a cultural excursion day, allowing participants the opportunity to travel to the nearby cities of Fez, Meknes and Volubilis. 

The Summer University on Nanotechnologies

The School of Science and Engineering, in collaboration with INPT Rabat, ESIEE Paris, Summer University Paris, and Ribat Al Fath Association for Sustainable Development, is organizing the Summer University on Nanotechnologies which will be held in INPT Rabat on 6-9 July and at our University on 10 July 2009.

I would like to invite you particularly to the presentation, which will be given by Prof. Philippe Houdy from Evry University, France on Nanotechnologies. It will take place on Friday, 10 July 2009 at 10:30 AM in the Board Room.

Prof. Houdy is a nanoscience physicist. He published three books in the area of nanoscience; namely (1) Nanosciences: Nanotechnologies, nanophysics, 2005; (2) Nanosciences: Nanomaterials, nanochemistry, 2006; (3) Nanosciences: Nanobiotechnologies, nanobiology, 2007. He obtained the 2008 Roberval Price for his second book (Goncourt Price for Science). His books have been translated into English by Springer.

A description of the Summer University. 

Kick-Off Meeting "Expérimentation participative et adaptative de modèles de gestion des ressources forestières dans la chaîne montagneuse de l’Atlas (Algérie, Maroc, Tunisie)

Al Akhawayn University, in close collaboration with the "Ecole National Foretière des Ingénieurs" (ENFI), received financial support for a research project from Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC). This project aims to propose avenues for the sustainable development of forest natural resources and skills in the rural area of the Province of Ifrane. The research aspects of the project on Morocco are coordinated by ENFI while the capacity building part is coordinated by us for the Maghreb region.

The action plan of this project and its objectives was presented at the kick-off meeting that wasorganized on Tuesday, 30 June 2009 in the Ifrane campus of ENFI, according to the preliminary program.

This event had witnessed the attendance the Governor of Ifrane, representatives of the High Commissariat of Water and Forests and the Ministry of Agriculture as well as the participation of several national experts and our partners and the project beneficiaries. 

UCLA-Fulbright Program at AUI:

Al Akhawayn University is hosting the UCLA-Fullbright program from June 22nd to July 25th, 2009. This Program is organized with AUI by the African Studies Department of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and funded by the Fulbright Commission. 15 teachers will spend 5 weeks at AUI to learn about Morocco and begin to develop curriculum suitable to their subject areas and grade levels for sharing across Souther California.

Participants will be provided with a unique Arabic language and cultural immersion experience for understanding Morocco’s place in North Africa and the greater African continent. The travel study will consist of Arabic language instruction; comprehensive academic training on Moroccan history, society, and culture; direct personal experience in four Moroccan cities; and specialized curriculum-development workshops.

Un Nouveau Guide pratique: Le Maroc, économie émergente

Le guide intitulé, "le Maroc, économie émergente de la Méditerranée", lancé officiellement jeudi soir à Londres, est un outil pratique qui vise à mieux faire connaître les potentialités économiques du Maroc auprès de la communauté d'affaires britanniques.

Ce guide de 318 pages offre aux investisseurs potentiels des analyses précises et approfondies sur le cadre législatif et les mesures intro duites par le Maroc pour encourager les investissements, ainsi que sur le régime fiscal, le code du travail, les lois régissant les services financiers, la gouvernance économique et la loi relative à la privatisation.

Publié par la "Shashoua Publications", le guide aborde les programmes de développement arrêtés par le gouvernement marocain jusqu'en 2015 ainsi que les potentialités des régions du Maroc et leurs profils économiques. Il s'attarde sur des secteurs clefs de l'activité économique au Royaume, notamment ceux des industries émergentes, du phosphate, de l'agroalimentaire, des PME, des infrastructures et du tourisme.

Le secteur financier retient également une attention particulière dans ce guide, qui fait la lumière sur le marché des capitaux, celui des assurances et les opportunités qu'offre le secteur bancaire marocain aux compagnies étrangères.

Dans l'avant-propos de ce guide, l'ambassadeur du Maroc en Grande-Bretagne, Chrifa Lalla Joumala Alaoui, souligne que suite à la libéralisation et la diversification de l'économie marocaine avec l'adoption d'une politique d'investissement ouverte sur les marchés internationaux et les entreprises privées, le Maroc s'est engagé depuis les années 1990, dans un vaste programme de réformes politiques et économiques, dont la cadence s'est accélérée depuis l'intronisation de S.M. le Roi Mohammed VI en 1999.

Les droits de l'Homme, l'égalité des=2 0genres, le renforcement des instruments de bonne gouvernance ainsi que la mobilisation de toutes les ressources pour renforcer le bien-être de tous les Marocains demeurent les principales politiques entreprises par le gouvernement, a indiqué l'ambassadeur, soulignant que les réformes économiques, judiciaires et juridiques visant à faciliter et encourager les investissements nationaux et étrangers sont constamment actualisées pour renforcer les flux des investissements vers le Maroc.

Tous les secteurs de l'économie ont bénéficié de ces changements, observe l'ambassadeur, rappelant la récente annonce du Plan Maroc vert, un programme d'investissement de 2 milliards de dollars, destiné à renforcer le secteur agricole.

Dans le but de soutenir l'intégration du Maroc dans l'économie globale, le secteur bancaire a été modernisé en accordant une plus grande indépendance à Bank Al-Maghrib, a ajouté Chrifa Lalla Joumala Alaoui, soulignant que la Bourse de Casablanca est aujourd'hui le 2e plus grand et plus ancien marché financier en Afrique.

Les banques et les compagnies marocaines sont en train d'élargir leur champ d'activité au-delà des frontières nationales, entreprenant avec réussite des initiatives au nord, à l'ouest et au centre de l'Afrique, relève l'ambassadeur, soulignant que l'UE a accordé un statut avancé au Maroc, qui a signé des accords de libre-échange avec l'UE, les Etats-Unis, la Turquie et les20pays arabes.

Un tel statut avancé ne manquera pas de consolider les relations déjà exceptionnelles entre le Maroc et l'UE, ajoute l'ambassadeur, rappelant le rapport, publié en juillet 2008 par le FMI dans lequel le Fonds a souligné que le Maroc, grâce à une économie diversifiée, des finances publiques plus solides et un secteur financier saint, est bien préparé pour résister à la crise économique et financière mondiale.

Rappelant également que l'Agence de notation "Fitch Rating" a accordé au Maroc sa notation d'investissement, l'ambassadeur souligne que tous ces indices témoignent de l'engagement pris par le Royaume pour soutenir et encourager les flux d'investissement et offrir des opportunités pour tirer profit de tous les secteurs, orientés non seulement vers le marché domestique en croissance mais également vers d'autres marchés comme l'Afrique.

Dans la préface du guide, le ministre de l'Industrie, du Commerce et des Nouvelles technologies, Ahmed Reda Chami, rappelle que le Maroc a depuis toujours été un pays de tolérance et de diversité culturelle.

La gouvernance fondée sur la démocratie, un système pluraliste et des élections libres et transparentes ont commencé à donner leur fruit, indique le ministre, soulignant qu'après le parachèvement d'un long processus entamé durant les dix dernières années, le Maroc est aujourd'hui une terre d'opportunité s.

L'économie du marché demeure un engagement absolu, parfaitement illustré par le démantèlement des tarifs douaniers et les accords de libre-échange signés avec l'UE, les Etats-Unis, la Turquie et plusieurs pays arabes, ajoute le ministre, soulignant que le processus de réformes s'accélère et gagne en consistance par rapport au choix de l'ouverture.

Ce processus est reconnu comme étant le plus avancé dans toute la région de la rive sud de la Méditerranée, poursuit M. Chami, relevant que le Maroc est le seul pays d'Afrique nord qui s'est vu accorder un statut avancé avec l'Europe, bien loin du cadre contraignant des accords de simple association.

Et le ministre de souligner que le Maroc a réalisé d'importants progrès dans plusieurs domaines, respectant ses engagements en matière des droits de l'Homme, améliorant l'égalité entre les sexes à travers l'introduction d'un nouveau code de la famille, plaçant le développement humain au cœur de chaque politique publique comme les politiques de réformes de l'éducation et de la formation et lançant l'Initiative Nationale pour le développement humain (INDH).

Les efforts consentis depuis les années 1980 ont conduit à la réorganisation de la gestion des dépenses publiques, indique le ministre, soulignant que le Maroc a atteint un niveau exceptionnel de stabilité macroéconomique.

Le gouvernement marocain a lancé=2 0de vastes projets d'infrastructures (ports, aéroports, autoroutes, trains à grande vitesse, tramways, etc.), dans le domaine de l'énergie avec une croissance orientée vers la diversification et la libéralisation ainsi qu'au niveau du secteur du logement avec la construction de nouvelles villes.

M. Chami, qui a, également, évoqué les projets lancés dans les secteurs de l'agriculture, du tourisme, de l'industrie et des nouvelles industries (offshoring, automobile, aéronautique, électronique) en plus des domaines traditionnels (textile-cuir, agroalimentaire), a souligné que toutes les conditions sont réunies pour que le Maroc réalise des percées durables dans les années à venir.

"Le Maroc est plus que jamais en marche et est devenu une plate-forme unique" pour capitaliser sur ses opportunités d'exportation ou pour tirer profit de son marché interne dynamique et en croissance, a-t-il dit.

Le guide comprend des présentations d'autres éminentes personnalités comme Jonathan Reuvid, éditeur de plusieurs guides internationaux, David Suratgar, de la banque Medicapital (basée à Londres), Driss Ouaouicha, Président de l'Université Al-Akhawayn, et Michael Willis, du St Antony's College relevant de l'Université d'Oxford > Guide pratique

Le Maroc, économie émergente

 Publié le : 19.06.2009 | 13h07

Al Akhawayn University organizes its 12th commencement on June 13, 2009 in the AUI Gymnasium at 4:00 pm.

Al Akhawayn University celebrated the graduation of the 12th cohort. This year, 154 students are graduating in addition to 29 students who are expected to graduate this summer.

The keynote speaker was Mr. Ahmed Reda Chami, Minister for Industry, Trade and New Technologies in charge of investments.

The ceremony was also attended as usual by members of the Board of Trustees and a number of prominent Moroccan and international public figures. Al Akhawayn University is proud of its graduates!

The Leadership Development Institute class of 2009-2010

The school of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to launch the first student leadership development program in Morocco and one of only a few in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region as the inaugural class of AUI’s Leadership Development Institute (LDI).

A group of 21 students were selected: 11 females and 10 males; 7 SBA, 8 SHSS and 6 SSE majors; 2 freshmen, 8 sophomores, 4 juniors, 6 seniors and 1 graduate student. Those who will be at AUI next year (2010-2011) will have the opportunity to continue with the LDI as mentor and will have the opportunity to set the path for others to follow. The efforts of this first year will determine the future of this program and similar programs that may emerge.

For more information, the LDI has a new website that we will up date regularly. Also attached there is a proposal for the Institute.

The institute is planning its first event for the first week of fall semester. This event will include an orientation and some of our initial leadership development workshops.

Faculty News

Dr. Driss Maghraoui was recently selected to be on the Board of Advisory Editors of the historical Journal, Hespéris Tamuda published by Mohamed V University in Rabat.

Also a paper by Dr. Maghraoui was selected to be presented at the International conference organized by San Francisco State University and the French Colonial Historical Society in San Francisco in May 28-30, 2009).

His paper was on propaganda and Moroccans soldiers during WWII. For more information on the program see:

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh to build a Cylinder Radio Telescope

The Cylinder Radio Telescope

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA are collaborating in building and operating The Cylinder Radio Telescope. Both institutions will collaborate on the instrument design and on scientific interpretation of the results...

By building this radio telescope, which will map the sky ten times faster than any on the planet, Morocco will make world-leading contributions to Cosmology. The Cylinder Radio Telescope will address the issue that tops Science magazine’s list of the 25 key questions in science: “What is the Universe made of?”  In addition, the unprecedented volume of new data from the telescope will allow a search of the sky for new exotic objects like rapidly spinning stars, as well as stars that explode in a flash of radio waves. Astronomers and physicists from around the world will use the Morocco data.

SSE organizes the "Summer School on Nanomaterials" at AUI , May 31 - June 4, 2009

The School of Science and Engineering, in collaboration with partner institutions from Morocco and the Maghreb, is organizing the French-Maghrebian School on the Characterization Techniques of Nanomaterials at our University, May 31 - June 4, 2009. The last day of the school will be organized in Fez according to the attached program.

The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, 1 June 2009 at 10:00 am in the Board Room.

Congratulation to AUI swimming team that achieved outstanding results in Bogaziçi University Sports Fest Istanbul, Turkey from the 14 to the 19th may 2009.

This festival is one of the greatest universities sports events in the world. 34 universities from the three continents: Asia, Europe and the United States of America and around 1000 student athlete took part in this festival.

AUI swimming team results:

Women swimming team 

Team competition results

AUI women swimming team: Rim Raoudi, Zineb El Koudia, Chaimae Amal, Alexandra Engle Carswell

Gold Medal: University of Sofia, Bulgaria 

Silver medal AUI women swimming team 

Bronze medal: State University of Management, Russia.

Relay 50 meters free style: 

Gold Medal: AUI swimming team 

Silver medal: University of Rousse, Bulgaria

Bronze medal: Sun show Florida College.

Relay 50 meters Medley: 

Gold Medal: University of Sofia, Bulgaria 

Silver medal AUI women swimming team 

Bronze medal: State University of Management, Russia

Women swimming individual competition results:

Rim Roudi: 

Gold medal (50 meters free style)

Bronze Medal (50 meters back stroke)

Zineb Al Koudia:

Silver medal in (50 meters Breast stroke) 

Bronze medal in (100 meters Breast stroke)

Alexandra Engle Carswell

Bronze Medal (100 meters back stroke)

Bronze Medal (50 meters butterfly)

Bronze Medal (200 meters medley 

Men swimming team

Team competition results:

AUI men swimming team: Mehdi Nassih, Abdelkader Didouh, Mehdi Ben ghazala, Mohammed Benabdallah

Gold Medal: University of Rousse, Bulgaria 

Silver medal: Gogesschool Zeelands Netherlands. 

Bronze medal: Bogaziçi University, Turkey 

4th place: AUI men swimming team

Mr. Bouziane Zaid, Communication Program faculty, will present a paper in the prestigious and highly competitive International Communication Association annual conference in Chicago held on May 20 – 25.

Mr. Zaid will present in the Communication Law and Policy section. His paper is entitled: Moroccan Media in a Democratic Transition.

Al Akhawayn University to Represent Morocco in the World Finals of Microsoft "Imagine Cup" Competition

AUI team composed of SSE students: Brahim Chami, Hassan Hijazi, Alami Ouali, and Nabil Zrigui, supervised by Dr. Hamid Harroud, won the Moroccan Finals of Microsoft Imagine Cup 2009, which took place in EMI, Rabat on Saturday, 16 May 2009. They will therefore participate to the Worldwide Finals that will be organized in Cairo, Egypt, on 3-7 July 2009.

The Imagine Cup is a global student technology competition focused on finding solutions to real-world issues. The competition encourages the world's most talented software designers, programmers, game developers, photographers and filmmakers to tackle the toughest problems facing the world today. This year's edition, which is the 7th, has as a theme: The world is asking for your help. Step up to the challenge!

Congratulations to the students, special thanks to Dr. Harroud, and the best of luck for the finals.

New Publication:

Dr. Kettani Driss and Asmae El Mahdi from the ICT4D Lab published “Proposition of a Roadmap to ‘eGovernement for Good Governance’ in developing countries”, in the Proceedings of the LOG-IN Africa e-Local Governance 1st International Conference , Cairo, Egypt. Printing Press: Editions Marocaine et Internationale (EMI), Tangier-Morocco 2009.

The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development (CAFRAD) has sent a hardcopy of the proceedings to Mohammed VI Library.

A softcopy of the proceedings' Forwards available at:

New Publication by Dr. Marzouk.

Dr. Marzouk has published a book in remote sensing field entitled Time series analysis of environmental ecosystems: case of Morocco. Evidence from NOAA AVHRR satellite data

Abstract: The NOAA AVHRR is considered to be one of the largest image archives ever gathered in the history of remote sensing. Although designed to support meteorological applications, The NOAA AVHRR’s ability to produce an index of relatively green vegetation biomass, coupled with its ability to virtually produce cloud-free monthly composites has now yielded an extraordinary time series more than 20 years in length. This book looks at the potential of the archive as a tool for understanding environmental dynamics in arid and semi-arid regions.

The principal tool used in this investigation was a Principal Components-based time series analysis (TSA). Using a set of 240 monthly composite multi-band AVHRR images for Morocco, a 20-year time series of monthly NDVI images was analyzed

This analysis should help shed some light on this new approach and should be essentially useful to professionals in remote sensing, or to anyone who may be considering utilizing NOAA AVHRR data for environmental dynamics analysis.

Test d'Evaluation de Français (TEF).

Le centre de langues de l'université Al Akhawayn organise une session complète du TEF programmée le 13 mai 2009.

Ce test conçu et diffusé par la Chambre de Commerce et d'industrie de Paris, est un instrument de référence international pour mesurer les compétences en français.

Les épreuves obligatoires commenceront à 9h00 et les épreuves d'expressions orale et écrite à 14h30.

Les candidats désireux de s'inscrire pour le passer peuvent contacter Jamila El Kilani

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Al Akhawayn University Entrepreneurial Day

In the framework of its mission to encourage entrepreneurial spirit, the AUI Incubator organized, with participation of the AUI finance club, the entrepreneurial Day (May 5 building 2 game room)

The program of the day will be as follow:

14:30- 16:30Aui Business plan Contest (Presentation of the different projects) 

16:30- 18-30Presentations of the following institutions:

CRI Meknes tafillalt,

Fondation Banque Populaire pour la création de l'entreprise


AUI Incubator

Announcement of results.

Interesting prizes will be offered and interesting projects will be profiting from the services of the incubator.

Al Akhawayn University represented at the ICTD2009 conference

Dr. Kettani, Asmae El Mahdi, and Asmae Mourhir showcased eFES system during the DEMO session of The 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development ( ICTD2009 ), held late April 2009 at Carnegie Mellon 's state-of-the-art campus in Doha, Qatar. eFES was among the 16 ICT projects selected to feature during the Demo session of the conference. Asmae El Mahdi was one of the few selected from 200 candidates who received ICTD2009 travel/participation scholarship. Except from AUI active participation, there was unfortunately absence of scientific contributions from the Arab World.

Speakers included a Keynote by William H. Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Honorary Participants included Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation.

“ICTD2009 Platinum Sponsors were Qatar National Research Fund and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.”

Dr. Adel El Zaim ( IDRC office at Cairo, Egypt), Dr. Michael Clarke ( IDRC office at Ottawa, Canada), and Dr. Driss Kettani and Asmae El Mahdi (Al Akhawayn University)

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Kick-off meeting on “Using Demand Side Management to Adapt to Water Scarcity and Climate Change in the Saiss Basin” 

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Morocco, May 4-5, 2009

The School of Science and Engineering and the Sebou Basin Agency (ABHS) are pleased to announce a joint project with Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) on Adapting to Water Demand Side Management (DSM) and Climate Change. The kick-off meeting gathered researchers who have experience in the DSM field.


The AUI Alumni Association organized the 6th edition of the AUI Job Fair under the theme: “The New Economic Situation, Challenges and Opportunities”, on April 25, 2009.

The program of the job fair was as follows

Friday April 24, 2009

16:00 CV Correction in the game room (Bldg.2) with AUI Job Fair HR Partners

Saturday April 25, 2009

09:00 - 10: 00 Opening Ceremony, Gymnasium

10:00 - 13:00 Job Fair and Companies Presentations, Gymnasium

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break, Restaurant 

14:30 - 17:30 Job Fair and Companies Presentations, Gymnasium

18:00 Closing Ceremony, Gymnasium

List of Companies participating:

CDG, HP, LogicaCMG, ONA, Unilever Maghreb, Meditel, Crédit Agricole, Attijari Wafabank, Poste Maroc, OCP, DELL, Toyota, AmalJOB, AUI Incubator, CDVM, AUI HR, Century21, Nestlé, Rekrute.Com, S2m, Sagem Security, Bayt.Com, Société Générale.

Faculty News:

Dr. Mohammed Ibahrine spent one week as a scholar in Residence at Johnson County Community 

College in Kansas City, USA (April 13-19, 2009). He taught six courses and gave three public lectures: 

Courses taught:

1.Political Economy and North/South issues: K-Morokko

2.Interactive Communication Forms and Global Communications Media

3.History of Islam: History and Religion in Morocco

4.Communication Systems: Cultural Industries and Advertising

5.Intercultural Communications and Globalization: McMorocco 

6.Communication Systems: Advertising in Morocco

Public Lectures:

1.US Public Diplomacy toward Islamic Countries: New Realities, Old Challenges?

2.Communicating Across Cultural Boundaries: Culture, Conflict and Communication 

3.New Media and Neo-Islamism

Dr. Hassane Darhmaoui participated in a Panel Discussion about "Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the Urgent Program of National Education"

5th forum of Innovant Teachers "Partners in Learning"organized by Microsoft and the Ministry of Education

Rabat, April 10, 2009

The Center of IT Innovation for Human Develeopeent (CITI) at AUI was honored during the 5th forum of Innovant Teachers "Partners in Learning"

organized by Microsoft and the Ministry of Education

Rabat, April 10, 2009

Project CITI, coordinated by Dr. Hassane Darhmaoui, received a recogition certificate from the Ministry of Education (MEN) during the opening ceremony of the 5th forum of innovant teachers organized by Microsoft and the MEN in Rabat last Friday April 10, 2009. 

Mr Ahmed Khchichen, Minister of National Education and scientifique research et de Mme Latifa Laabidaet, State secretary in charge of scool education, attended the opening ceremony of the event and had a look at the achievements of CITI presented by a short video about the project and a demo of the application. 

CITI pédagogic team from the two pilot middle-schools in the project also received recognition certificates. Both the pédagogic and technical teams of the project were invited to this event.

This recognition certificate reads:

Attestation de reconnaissance

Accordée à l'équipe technique du Centre d'Innovation en Technologie

d'Information de l'Université Al Akhawayn d'Ifrane 

pour avoir participé efficacement au développement de contenu scientifique dans le cadre du projet 


Février 2009

Siged by:

GENIE program director, Mme Ilham Laaziz 

National Center of Pedagogique Innovation and Experimentation (CNIPE) director, Mr. Moulay Youssef Al Azhari. 

Read More about CITI and its mission

New Publication:

Mr. Abdelmounaim Lahrech, assistant professor in SBA, published an article about "The Impacts of US and Canadian Fundamentals on Canadian Stock Market" in the Journal of money, investment, and banking...


This paper examines the influence of US and Canadian macroeconomic

fundamentals on Canadian stock prices allowing for different associations across the US

business cycle. The study uses Johansen’s multivariate cointegration test and vector error correction model (VECM) to examine the long and short-run association. Results show evidence of a long run association between Canadian stock prices, US stock prices and Canadian as well as US fundamentals. Moreover, the paper finds a strong cross-country effect that depends on the stage of US business cycle.

Keywords: Stock market, Business cycle, Cointegration, Vector error correction.

JEL Classifications Codes: F36; G15

The article:

Le Prix de la paix mondiale 2009 de l'Arab Community Center attribué à SM le Roi Mohammed VI

Washington- Le Prix de la paix mondiale 2009 de l'Arab Community Center (ACC), basé à Washington, a été attribué à SM le Roi Mohammed VI, a indiqué le président de l'ACC, M. Oussama El Sharabassi.

Le Prix a été attribué à SM le Roi pour "Ses initiatives visant la consolidation de la paix dans le monde, le Souverain étant le président du Comité Al-Qods, ainsi que pour Ses efforts dans la protection des valeurs sacrées et le renforcement de la paix, la liberté et la démocratie dans la région du Maghreb", a dit M. El Sharabassi dans une déclaration à la MAP. 

Le Prix a été également accordé au Souverain pour "Sa proposition portant sur l'autonomie au Sahara et pour Ses efforts dans le processus de développement engagé dans toutes les provinces dans les domaines politique, économique, culturel et social", a ajouté le président de l'ACC. 

Les organisateurs du prix, qui est inscrit sur la liste des prix pour la paix aux Nations-Unies, mettent en avant également les initiatives de SM le Roi dans "la protection des droits de la famille, de la femme et des enfants au Royaume du Maroc, dans le cadre de la consolidation des droits de l'Homme". 

Le prix de la paix mondiale 2009 de l'ACC a été attribué également à la Première dame d'Egypte, Mme Suzane Moubarak, présidente du "Mouvement international Suzanne Moubarak pour la paix".

L'épouse du président égyptien a été primée notamment pour son "rôle important dans le renforcement de la paix à l'échelle internationale et la consolidation des droits de l'Homme, de la femme et des enfants", ainsi que pour "Sa contribution efficace", à travers le Croissant rouge égyptien, dans l'acheminement d'aides aux Palestiniens de Gaza, après les dernières attaques israéliennes sur cette région.


Interdependencies of Health, Education & Poverty with Policy Implications for Southern

Mediterranean Countries

Research n°FEM32-01  By:

Ahmed Driouchi, Institute of Economic Analysis & Prospective Studies (IEAPS), Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco In collaboration with: Ahmad Baijou, School of Business Administration, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco. Cristina Boboc, Laboratoire d’Economie d’Orléans (LEO), Orleans, France, and Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, Mouna Cherkaoui, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco, Lahcen Oulhaj, University Mohammed V, Rabat, Morocco. With the contributions of: Nada Zouag & Amale Achehboune, Institute of Economic Analysis & Prospective Studies (IEAPS) Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco. With the support of: Jaouad Kerdoudi, IMRI, Casablanca, Morocco. 


This is a new book that addresses the issue of the interdependencies of health, knowledge and economic components of wealth. These interconnections are addressed both in theory and empirically. The context of South Mediterranean Countries is used for the applications of the economic models developed. International recent data besides country statistics are mobilized in the empirical estimations. The results attained show the high level of interdependencies of different wealth components and mainly those related to health, education and poverty. Health and education appear also to be major drivers of the economies of the region implying that economic and social investments in health care and knowledge are likely to promote further human development. This process can be accelerated with policies and actions targeting larger inclusion of women and children, mainly in rural areas. Integrated and more transversal economic and social policies are shown to be major engines that can account for the interdependencies assessed within this research. 

The book is composed of eight chapters. Details about this book and possibilities of download can be obtained at FEMISE (Forum Euroméditerranéen des Instituts de Sciences Economiques) internet address:

AUI CEIRD organizes the conference on : "Implementation of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management System Standards in a Moroccan Regional Center for Blood Transfusion"

The Center for Environmental Issues & Regional Development organized a conference on : "Implementation of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Environmental Management System Standards in a Moroccan Regional Center for Blood Transfusion" by Prof. Phillip E. Barnes on Thursday April 9, 2009 at 3:30 in the Board Room/building 1.

AUI will be present at The 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development ( ICTD2009 )

Dr. Driss Kettani and Asmae El Mahdi were selected to publish their submission on “ Implementing E-Government Accessible to Illiterate Citizens” and to showcase eFez system during the DEMO session of The 3rd IEEE/ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development ( ICTD2009 ), held 17-19 April 2009 at Carnegie Mellon 's state-of-the-art campus in Doha, Qatar. Confirmed speakers include a Keynote by William H. Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The selection process was highly competitive: more than 80% of submissions for proceedings were declined; and out of 41 DEMO proposals, only 16 were selected.

For more information please see:

Using Demand Side Management to Adapt to Water Scarcity and Climate Change in the Saiss Basin

The research project entitled “Using Demand Side Management to Adapt to Water Scarcity and Climate Change in the Saiss Basin” was approved for funding jointly by Canada’s International Development and Research Center (IDRC) and UK Department for International Development (DfID). The multidisciplinary research group, which is led by Dr. Ahmed Legrouri, is composed of faculty from the School of Science and Engineering and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences of Al Akhawayn University. The “Agence du Bassin Hydraulique du Sebou”, led by its Director, has been working with the AUI team during all phases, including proposal preparation and implementation.

The Saiss Sub-Basin of the Sebou Basin in Northern Morocco is experiencing unsustainable levels of water overexploitation, due both to long-term decreases in precipitation and increases in water demand. Surface waters are greatly reduced, and at current exploitation rates of the aquifer will be completely depleted within 25 years.

As a mean of reducing water use within the area and thereby contributing to aquifer sustainability, this project will examine whether Demand Side Management (DSM) can provide a solid basis for integrated water management and strengthened capacity for adaptation to climate change in the Saiss basin. This project will work with multiple stakeholders and focus on the benefits for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities within project sites. Since agriculture accounts for 92 percent of Morocco’s water consumption, it will be the focus of this effort; in the Saiss basin, which is the focus of this study, over 80 percent of the water is used for agriculture. It will be the focal area of the DSM strategy.

New Publication: Dr. Abdelghani El Asli

Ethanol Production from Olive Cake Biomass Substrate

Abdelghani El Asli 1, and Abdel-Illah Qatibi 2

1 Al Akhawayn University

2 Cadi Ayyad University


Abdelghani El Asli

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The inexpensive production of sugars from lignocellulose is an essential step for the use of biomass to produce fuel ethanol. Olive cake is an abundant by-product of the olive oil industry and represents a potentially significant lignocellulosic source for bioethanol production in the Mediterranean basin. Furthermore, converting olive cake to ethanol could add further value to olive production. In the present study, olive cake was evaluated as a feedstock for ethanol production. To this end, the lignocellulosic component of the olive cake was dilute-acid pretreated at a 13.5% olive-cake loading with 1.75% (w/v) sulfuric acid and heating at 160¡É for 10 min. This was followed by chemical elimination of fermentation inhibitors. Soluble sugars resulting from the pretreatment process were fermented using E. coli FBR5, a strain engineered to selectively produce ethanol. 8.1 g of ethanol/L was obtained from hydrolysates containing 18.1 g of soluble sugars. Increasing the pretreatment temperature to 180¡É resulted in failed fermentations, presumably due to inhibitory by-products released during pretreatment.

ethanol, lignocellulose, fermentation, olive cake

Earth Day 2009

The  Center for Environmental Issues and Regional Development Celebrated the Earth Day 2009(Workshops, field actions, tree planting campaign…). Celebrations took place at the  AUI CEIRD and the Eco-Village on Wednesday, April 22 from 8:a.m to 6: p.m.

The selected theme suggested by UNEP, Earth network and other international partner institutions was: 

“Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat Climate Change”

Cooperation Agreement Concerning the Dual Degree Program between Technische Universität München (TUM) and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane

Al Akhawayn university in ifrane hosted the ceremony of signature of the renewal of a cooperation agreement between the Technical University of Munich in Germany and Al Akhawayn University. Our two institutions will also sign an academic exchange agreement about the dual degree program of master of science in computer science.

The agreement defines the framework for a double degree program between the School of Science & Engineering of AUI and the Faculty of Informatics of TUM.

This program allows students enrolled in the combined Bachelor of Science (BS) – Master of Science (MS) or MS only programs from the School of Science & Engineering of AUI and students enrolled in the Informatics master program from the Faculty of Informatics of TUM to simultaneously pursue the MS degree from AUI and the M.Sc. degree from TUM. 

The following titles are awarded upon successful completion of the present double degree program:

From AUI: BS and MS to AUI students. MS to TUM students

From TUM: MS to both TUM and AUI students.

A research proposal accepted for funding by the International Development and Research Center -IDRC- Canada.

The research proposal submitted by the Research Group on Poverty Alleviation and Natural Resource Development, jointly with partners from the Maghreb, has by accepted for funding by the International Development and Research Center (IDRC), Canada.

The Research Group, which was formed in Fall 2007, is composed of faculty from the three schools: SHSS, SBA, and SSE.

The project titled: Expérimentation Participative et Adaptative de Modèles de Gestion des Ressources Forestières dans la Chaine Montagneuse de l’Atlas (Algérie, Maroc, Tunisie) was jointly prepared and submitted by Institut National de Recherche Forestière, Algeria, Institut National de Recherches en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forêts, Tunisia, Ecole Nationale Forestière d’Ingénieurs, Salé, and AUI.

Projet OTAN Science pour la Paix SfP-982620

Sahara Trade Winds to Hydrogen: Applied Research for Sustainable Energy Systems

Dans le cadre des outils de coopération civile de l’Organisation du Traité de l’Atlantique Nord OTAN avec les pays partenaires du dialogue Méditerranéen, la Division Diplomatie Publique et Section des Programmes Collaboratifs de l’OTAN en charge du programme «Science for Peace and Security» finance des projets adressant une thématique prioritaire commune aux pays du dialogue Méditerranéen de l’OTAN.

A ce titre, l’Université Al Akhawayn a bénéficié d’un financement afin d’appuyer un projet de recherche appliqué portant sur l’intégration de systèmes énergétiques éoliens des vents alizés dans les faibles infrastructures électriques des régions sahélo-sahariennes, par le biais de synergies industrielles adaptées.

Une réunion de suivi de projet avec les institutions partenaires des quatre pays de l'OTAN (Etats-Unis, France, Allemagne, Turquie) se tiendra à l’Université Al Akhawayn d’Ifrane les 12-13 Février 2009. A cette occasion, l’ensemble des partenaires industriels et académiques du Maroc et de Mauritanie y sera convié.

New AA President Elected

On Thursday January 29th, the elections for a new AA board were held at the AUI office in Casablanca Technopark. We would like, therefore, to first thank all the alumni who attended last night's AA elections and who have, thus, demonstrated their continuing support and commitment towards the mission and endeavors of Al Akhawayn Alumni Association. We would also like to inform you that the new AA board has made it a priority to work on more inclusion, including a project for on-line voting for fellow alumni living abroad or in other Moroccan cities.

After the outgoing president speech and the program presentations of the two candidate teams, the voting yielded the following results:

34 votes went to the first list headed by Miss. Fatima zahra Oukacha

62 votes went to the second list headed by Mr. Youssef Ksiyer

1 blanc vote

The new AA president is, therefore, Mr. Youssef Ksiyer.

Thanks and congratulations are in order for both team members: Fatima zahra Oukacha, Larbi Zerhouni, Mehdi Ghissassi, Badreddine Sbaii, Simohammed Rherras, and Taib Lemdewwar, as well as Youssef Ksiyer, Fahd Bachir Bouhali, Ohtmane Benlamlih, and Naziha Bagui.

We would also like, in your name, to thank and commend the spirit, the work and the results achieved by the two previous AA boards headed respectively by Mr. Salim Zekri and Mr. Youssef Ittobane. Not only have these two teams put Al Akhawayn Alumni Association on the national and international map, but they have also shaped the very identity AA boasts now, made it “the trusted bridge between past and future alumni”, and anchored its defining activities and features.

All the credit equally goes to all the board members and the volunteers who have contributed with belief and abnegation. Nothing would have been achieved without their input and sacrifice. So thank you again to all those soldiers of the dark.

Everyone agrees that the road ahead is still long, since the vision and the shared dreams are immense. So please join us in supporting, congratulating the new team, and wishing them the best of luck.

Workshop on the use of science and technology for the reinforcement of women’s capacities in the integrated management of water resources and the education of the population for sustainable development

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane Morocco, January 29-31, 2009

The UNESCO chair “Water, Women, and Decision Power” of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane organizes in partnership with the UNESCO and the National Office for Potable Water in Morocco (ONEP), a training of trainers on the use of science and technology for the reinforcement of women’s capacities in the integrated management of water resources and the education of the population for sustainable development.  The training will take place in AUI from January 29th to 31st  2009,  and will gather around 20 international scientific experts from Algeria, Benin, Côte d’Ivoire , Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia, Togo, as well as other countries.

His Majesty King Mohammed VI appoints Dr. Driss Ouaouicha new president of Al Akhawayn University

King Mohammed VI appointed Dr. Driss Ouaouicha new president of Al Akhawayn University on Friday Dec. 26 .

Holder of a Ph.D in linguistics and education from the University of Texas (Austin) in 1986, Dr. Ouaouicha has been working as consultant with Amideast for Arab studies in the MENA region.

He had earlier held the position of Executive officer of "The Scholar Ship" between December 2007 and April 2008.

Today's appointment brings back the official to Al Akhawayn University (AUI), where he had spent about 8 yearsyears, first as dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and then as Vice-President for Academic Affairs.

Dr. Ouaouicha, who replaces president Rachid Benmokhtar in leading AUI, is author of a number of publications, including “Religion and Education in Morocco”, and “Quality Assurance at Al Akhawayn University”.

The German Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) have published the Documentation of the Conference on „ Maghreb Round Table: Tradition and Modernization Promoting Sustainable Economic Development". The conference was organized by GTZ and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences on 3 and 4 April 2008 at AUI.

Dr. Mohammaed Ibahrine was a member of the preliminary group of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) who contributed to the Global Strategic Report of the International Telecommunications Union. 

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