The significant upheavals imposed by the pandemic led Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) to redefine its strategic priorities. In addition to abolishing the General Admission Test (GAT), the new AUI strategy aims, over a 3-year horizon, to ensure that 90% of students get three job offers or a startup project before they even leave the University benches.
Al Akhawayn University of Ifrane (AUI) wants to enter a new phase of excellence. This is what follows from the press conference organized on Saturday, June 11, in Ifrane, on the sidelines of the Board of Directors of Al Akhawayn University.:
This meeting, which was attended by Abdellatif Jouahri, Chancellor-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Amine Bensaid, President of Al Akhawayn University, Larbi Belarbi, Chair of the Academic Committee, Mohamed El Kettani, Chair of the Development Committee, and Karim Mounir , Chairman of the Finance and Budget Committee, was an opportunity to debate the University’s 2020-2025 strategic plan and its execution in an extraordinary health context.
In fact, the objectives linked to this plan aim, in the first place, to influence the University in Africa and the Middle East, thanks in particular to its model centered on the American educational system (Liberal Arts Education), but deeply rooted in its Moroccan identity.
Another important objective of this plan, the growth in the number of students, reinforcing the quality of the latter, knowing that the University receives 4 times more applications than the vacancies available. The latter responds to a strong desire to train as many young Moroccans to the best international standards and to offer access to the AUI to all Moroccan social classes, through the establishment of mechanisms for funding scholarships.
To implement its 2025 strategic plan, the university intends to mobilize an envelope of 1 billion dirhams, including 600 million dirhams in 2022. Thus, the number of students will increase from 1,200 to 5,000 students.
UAI redefines its priorities
The significant upheavals imposed by the pandemic led Al Akhawayn University to redefine its strategic priorities, accelerating its digital transformation and implementing distance learning technologies to provide students with an optimal learning experience.
For this, the university has accredited its distance learning system by the most prestigious American accreditation agency, the NECHE (New England Commission for Higher Education), which has accredited, among others, the universities of Harvard and MIT. .
This year, UAI inaugurates the implementation of the new generation of innovations that Al Akhawayn University has developed to capitalize on the dizzying speed of change in the world of work and all the opportunities that the new generation is capable of creating.
Al Akhawayn University has developed an approach that allows the student to manage their orientations and opportunities for employment or business projects in an integrated way. This is materialized, among other things, by the launch of several work-study programs in collaboration with leading Moroccan and international companies, such as Alstom, Leyton and Dachser Logistics, and by a dual mentoring system (managers and peers).
In concrete terms, with an employability rate of 85%, this new strategy aims, over 3 years, to ensure that 90% of the students involved in this program obtain three job offers or a start-up project. even coming out of the University benches. The results of this first year are very promising, as the institution approaches 50% of graduates who obtained at least one job offer before the end of this school year.
On the entrepreneurship side, Al Akhawayn University has developed a startup incubation platform. The incubator adopts all the codes of the largest international platforms, offering top-notch coaching and mentoring provided by top Moroccan and international managers, as well as funding channels through Moroccan and North American capital ventures. The goal is to establish the right environments for AUI students and faculty to collaborate with national and international investors to meet local needs. AUI students involved in this program benefit from the expertise of the teams of institutions that are part of its board of directors, such as Bank Al Maghrib, Banque Populaire, Attijariwafa Bank, CDG, CIH Bank, Crédit Agricole du Maroc, Maroc Telecom. as well as AUI partner companies such as Dachser Logistics, Alstom, Leyton, Devoteam Africa, Maroc Numérique Cluster, HPS, Bank of Africa and UN Migration. Another important fact, Al Akhawayn University is undergoing re-accreditations from NECHE, which declared that Al Akhawayn University, despite being only 27 years old, is ready for a new phase of excellence. After an 18-month process, the commission in charge of the AUI dossier recently visited Morocco as planned. This re-accreditation process will be completed by the end of the year.
Celebration of promotions on the 20th, 21st and 22nd
After two years of a pandemic marked by the suspension of the ceremony to celebrate new promotions, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) celebrated its 20th, 21st and 22nd promotions last Saturday. A major event of the Institution founded by the late Hassan II in 1995 and benefiting from the Honorary Presidency of His Majesty Mohammed VI. On the occasion, Abdellatif Jouahri declared that “this year we celebrate the resilience, agility and excellence of these students, who were able to adapt to an extreme context and succeed in their studies. We also salute the management of the pandemic by Al Akhawayn University, which has been exemplary.” And to add: “The board of directors, the rector of the University, its collaborators and, of course, its students showed a great capacity for adaptation and innovation”. Indeed, the adoption and implementation of hybrid and distance learning technology that has been the subject of one of the most demanding certifications in the world (NECHE), the training of the teaching staff and the creation of a health crisis management committee that avoided any cluster within the University. For her part, Amine Bensaid specified that during this period the biggest challenge was to ensure the continuity of classes, maintaining their qualities and placing the well-being of students at the center of reflections and actions. “According to our internal studies, more than 85% of our students have a positive perception linked to the quality of online teaching and learning led by national and international professionals, in addition to a whole battery of actions aimed at offering the best university experience possible. The biggest credit naturally goes to our students and faculty who have shown remarkable resilience and commitment,” explains Bensaid.