Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


SSE Faculty Co-author Paper on Enhancing Security and Chemicals Management

Dr. Abdelkrim Ouardaoui, Dr. Samir El Hajjaji, and Dr. Khalid Sendide co-authored a paper entitled: Enhancing Security and Chemicals Management in University Science Laboratories: Creating a Secure Environment for Students and Researchers in MoroccoThe paper was published in April 2020 in the Journal of Chemical Education, a journal of the American Chemical Society.

The paper reports the University’s approach to upgrading SSE’s main Chemistry and Biotech laboratories as part of its strategy to align with international educational standards, including those that relate to safety and security.  This is a result of a two years R&D project, funded in 2017 by CRDF Global, an agency of the US Department of State. Part of the projects' results were also presented at the 2019 Teacher Education Conference held at George Mason University, VA, USA. Worth mentioning that CRDF Global has praised AUI’s project as one of their most successful ones over the MENA region, which will further boost its future collaboration with AUI.

Benrqya Publishes Paper on the Right Distribution Strategy for your Product

Yassine Benrqya, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at the School of Business Administration, recently published a paper titled “Cross-docking or traditional warehousing: what is the right distribution strategy for your product?” in the ‘International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management’ (IJPDLM). The objective of this paper is to investigate the impact of products' characteristics on the performance of two major distribution strategies: traditional warehousing and cross-docking.

International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management (IJPDLM) is ranked among others by the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List as an "A Journal". IJPDLM has a CiteScore of 8.02 and an impact factor of 5.07.

The paper can be found here.

Lounnas Publishes on the Failed Ideological Hybridization of the IS

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently publishein the academic journal ‘Studies in Conflict and Terrorism’ a paper titled "The Failed Ideological hybridization of the Islamic States".  Derived from interviews with former foreign fighters in Afghanistan and Syria-Iraq among others, the paper looks at the extremely violent strife within ISIS between its three different ideological factions: the neo-takfirist, the bin Ali Faction and the Hazimiyah. This internal conflict caused the death of hundreds of people within ISIS including key religious leaders and the side-lining of many others, and eventually threatening the cohesion and unity of ISIS. 

The paper can be found here.


Al Akhawayn Joins EON Reality’s Self-Directed Learning Initiative

AUI forges a partnership with EON Reality, to have top students create as many as 500 high-quality AR and VR lessons on the AVR Platform starting this month. EON Reality is the global leader in Augmented and Virtual Reality-based knowledge and skills transfer for industry and education.


Aziz El Hassani Contributes Chapter to International Book on Library Partnerships in International Liberal Arts Education

Mr. Aziz El Hassani, Research & Learning Services Supervisor at Mohammed VI Library, contributed a book chapter titled “Embedding Information Literacy into a Humanities Course Using the ACRL Framework as a Guide: A Faculty-Librarian Collaboration Model” to a recently published international book by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and AMICAL Consortium. Aziz’s chapter highlights and describes the prospects of an Information Literacy integration journey at Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences, in which a faculty and librarian partnered together to integrate two Frames of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education as learning outcome(s) into the syllabus of a Humanities course taught in Fall 2017. 

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