Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - History & Mission

History and Mission


Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (decree), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane opened its doors to students in January 1995. Based on the principles of diversity and an international outlook, the university's mission is driven by values of human solidarity and tolerance. Al Akhawayn has modeled its administrative, pedagogical, and academic organization on the American university system, and English is the language of instruction. Still, in its infancy, the university has already developed a national and international reputation for its unique identity and potential.

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Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational, Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English -language, liberal arts curriculum based on the American system. The University enhances Morocco and engages the world through leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education upholds the highest academic and ethical standards and promotes equity and social responsibility.

Institutional Values

Al Akhawayn University’s core values include:


The promotion of personal, professional, and academic excellence, with a commitment to achieving the highest standards through ongoing assessment, evaluation, and quality improvement.


The traditional openness and respect for the diversity of Morocco’s rich cultural heritage.

Intellectual Inquiry and Freedom

The promotion of responsible freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry which support creativity, scholarship, and learning.


The highest level of personal, intellectual, academic, financial, and operational integrity.

Human Dignity and Respect

Acceptance and respect of other peoples, cultures, religions, and ideas in all programs, activities, and services, an appreciation of human diversity, and the fostering of an atmosphere of mutual respect and support.


An international outlook throughout the curriculum, constructing collaborative partnerships with educational institutions around the world, and building a significant body of international students and faculty, developing a global outlook in the institution and enhancing the intercultural competencies of the University’s graduates.

Community Engagement and Service

Engaging local and regional communities in mutually beneficial relationships to serve the public good while providing increased learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.