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.
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.
Al Akhawayn University’s core values include Excellence The promotion of personal, professional, and academic excellence, with a commitment to achieving the highest standards through ongoing assessment, evaluation, and quality improvement. Identity 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. Integrity 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.
Internationality 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.
Strategic Plan 2015-2020 | The 2020 Vision Rising to New Challenges 14 15 Leadership and Communication A visionary leadership that creates and supports an environment that fosters open communication and innovative approaches to change. Learning-Centered Approach A holistic environment ensures that learning is the central focus for students, with a range of social, cultural and recreational opportunities that facilitate the full realization of students’ potential for academic and personal growth.