Office of the President

I am pleased to welcome you to our new website. I hope that you will find the information you seek about the University, and that exploring the site as a window into Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane will be an enjoyable and educational experience.


Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is a distinctive international community of students, faculty, professionals, families, friends and life-long learners living, studying, and nurturing life, mind, body, environment, and community together to foster excellence.  We do this through the educational exploration of the future of knowledge and human development, the advancement of science and engineering, the insights of the humanities and social sciences, the disciplines of global business and economics, and the flexibility of the liberal arts experience.

Here at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane we work to advance Morocco and enhance the world. For our students and the world at large, the catch-phrase Live, Learn, Explore is not a slogan; it is a clear embodiment of the spirit and culture of Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane.

Al Akhawayn is continuously adjusting its offerings both in content and methodology to enhance its general principles of liberal arts education, to strengthen the American model, to reinforce Moroccan culture and traditions, and to prepare its graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an increasingly globalized world.

With these goals in mind, the University continues to review and improve itself and its academic and student life programs through rigorous quality assurance exercises, such as accreditation with international agencies. In addition to the accreditation of our Language Center by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) in 2009, our Bachelor of Business Administration program has been awarded a 3-year accreditation by the European Program Accreditation System (EPAS), and our Bachelor of Science in Computer Science was recently accredited by the Computing Commission of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 2010. Our University has also achieved eligibility for candidacy for Institutional Accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and work is in well under way toward reaching formal candidacy.

The University’s current strategic plan, A Commitment to Excellence, continues to guide us in our journey of growth and development. The process of developing and launching this new website is itself a milestone in the Strategic Plan, and provides evidence of Al Akhawayn’s strong determination to meet, if not exceed, the goals the plan calls for.

I believe that through the creation and dissemination of knowledge, through education and through close association with society, now more than ever before is the time for Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane to fulfill its responsibility to the future of Morocco and the world. Indeed, now is the just the right time for this unique haven of higher education in North Africa to look beyond the expected, to be better than we can hope to be, and to keep building the uniquely global university its founders envisioned. 

Thank you for visiting the the new Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane website. I hope you come back often to learn more about our academic programs, faculty, student life, and campus events on a website updated constantly with new information, news, and developments. Finally, I invite you to visit our campus in person to experience all of what make Al Akhawayn University and Ifrane and Morocco such tremendous places in which to live, to learn, and to continuously explore.


Driss Ouaouicha