American University of Leadership to Host International Education Conference in June

Rabat – The American University of Leadership (AUL) and the Association of Moroccan Professionals in America (AMPA) are co-sponsoring an International Education Conference on  June 3-4, 2016, at AUL’s corporate headquarters at the Zenith Center, in Hay Riad, Rabat, the capital of Morocco.  The conference, entitled “Education for a Better Morocco,” will address important issues in education within the broader context of business, entrepreneurship, and the future economic growth of Morocco.  The conference will gather experts and decision makers to reflect on the crucial role of education in the economic and social development of Morocco, by creating a practical dialogue platform for the development of recommendations to strengthen and enhance Morocco’s educational system as a catalyst of sustainable, positive change.  The conference will also celebrate the official launch of AUL’s new American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation.The main conference on Friday, June 3 will include presentations, panel discussions, and keynote speeches by prominent government leaders and specialists.  Dr. Lahcen Daoudi, Morocco’s Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Training will offer keynote remarks and participate on the panel addressing the macro-economic educational issues. The second day is a closed working group session, by invitation only, made up of experts in the field to begin developing specific proposals and recommendations as part of the ongoing dialogue.Supported by strategic partners and sponsors, including the Washington-based Middle East and North Africa Consultants Association and media partner Morocco World News, the conference is a follow-on from AMPA’s Moroccan American Bridges 2015 conference held December 2015 in Washington, D.C., and is part of a continuing dialogue on education in Morocco, initiated by AMPA, among many of the participants and attendees.Approximately 500 attendees are anticipated to attend, including Moroccan and U.S. government officials, Moroccan and American business leaders, and a diverse array of academics, educators, and other leaders in relevant fields.The American University of Leadership Morocco Foundation (AULMF) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization created by American University of Leadership (AUL) to enable private-public partnerships, enhance learning, entrepreneurship, research, and educational programs, and serve as the financial portal for philanthropic giving to AUL.AMPA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization designed to develop and maintain a strong network of Moroccan professionals in the U.S., and to develop strategic trans-Atlantic alliances in Morocco and the U.S. to promote bilateral commercial exchanges between the two countries.For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://events.aulm.us/education-for-a-better-morocco/. read more

UN refugee agency signs agreement for repatriation of 25000 Rwandans

Some 25,000 Rwandan refugees in Uganda – half the total still scattered across Africa – will be repatriated voluntarily under a tripartite agreement signed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) with the Governments of Rwanda and Uganda. The agreement is the third in a series UNHCR has reached with governments to establish a legal and operational framework for the voluntary return of Rwandan refugees, following agreements earlier this year with Zambia and the Republic of Congo. Under an agreement with Tanzania last year, more than 20,000 Rwandan refugees returned from camps in the western part of that country. According to the terms of the agreement, signed on Wednesday in the Rwandan capital of Kigali, all Rwandan refugees in Uganda who wish to return home will be able to do so without pre-conditions, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond told a briefing in Geneva today. At the same time, no Rwandan refugee will be compelled to return against his or her will and those who opt not to repatriate will continue to enjoy refugee status. The Government of Rwanda has agreed to ensure that the return of the refugees takes place in safety and dignity, Mr. Redmond said. Since the beginning of the year, more than 8,000 Rwandan refugees have returned home, mainly from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). read more