Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - SHSS Graduate Handbook

Center for Learning Excellence Team

 CLE Coordinator: Dr. Mhammed Chraibi (Extension: 2185)

Dr. Mhammed Chraibi holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (2006) and A Master of Science in Software Engineering (2010) from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI). He also holds a PhD in Computer Science (2017) from Ecole Mohammadia des Ingenieurs (EMI), Mohamed V University. During his studies he has received “Prime d’excellence” from Academia foundation, Merit-based scholarship from Al Akhawayn University, Honors scholarship from the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO), and Bourse d’Excellence from l’Ecole Mohammadia des Ingenieurs. He has worked for a year as a graduate researcher at the Laboratory for Scientific Instrumentation and Engineering (LaSIE), in the department of applied physics at Osaka University. Now, In addition to teaching introductory Computer programming classes to Engineers, He is managing the Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) at AUI that he has co-created after receiving the Presidential Innovation Fund. The CLE is the first center in Africa and the Middle East to receive the prestigious College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification for both its tutor and mentor training programs. His research interests are in the field of mobile computing, policy-based systems, context-aware systems, security, ambient networks, cloud computing, and smart grid. He has also developed an interest for research in the field of education mainly in how to ease student integration in college and help them achieve their full potential when they come from a different system of education.


CLE Junior Coordinator: Fatima Drar (Extension: 2484)

Fatima Drar, one of the Junior Coordinators at the Center for Learning Excellence, is a graduate of Al Akhawayn and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development. She enjoys helping her AUI community and is interested in the fields of Psychology and CSR.


CLE Junior Coordinator: Soukaina Aijou (Extension: 2373)

Soukaina Aijou, the Center for Learning Excellence Junior Coordinator, is a recent graduate from Al Akhawayn University and has a Master Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy. She worked as a teacher at Al Akhawayn School in Ifrane before joining the team. She hopes to pursue a PhD in renewable energy diplomacy or cyber terrorism in Scandinavia.


CLE Presidential Intern: Chloe-Kate Abel

Chloe-Kate Abel, originally from New York City, joins the CLE this year as a Presidential Intern. She is a recent graduate of the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Persian Language, Literature, and Culture. She also holds a TEFL teaching certification from the TEFL Academy. Beyond languages, she is interested in the politics of culture specifically regarding music and cinema in the MENA region, and hopes to pursue a career in this field someday.



The Center for Learning Excellence has been granted a five years certification for both our tutoring and our mentoring services by the CRLA. The College of Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) is an American based organization whose mission is "to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members." We are currently the only center in Africa and the Middle East that holds the following stage three certifications: The International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC) as well as The International Mentor Training Program Certification (IMTPC). To know that we get to keep this tittle until 2024 is truly a privilege that reflects the hard work of our team and the enormous support of the AUI community. 

We release a call for applications for tutors and mentors each semester where all AUI students have the opportunity to apply to join the CLE team the following semester. Through examining a series of criteria, including GPA, an in person interview, and a letter of recommendation from an AUI faculty member, we hire new tutors and mentors depending on the demand for our services each semester. Each tutor and mentor, both new and returning, participate in mandatory training to fulfill the requirements for the CRLA certification. All tutors and mentors then go through several assessment policies including observation sessions with one of the CLE coordinators, as well as frequent surveys in order to incorporate tutee and mentee feedback. 


Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, through the Center for Learning Excellence (CLE), welcomes students with cognitive or behavioral disabilities and offers flexible support services tailored to their particular needs.
To seek assistance, we strongly recommend that you contact our team, and let us know about your disability and support needs.
To inform us of your Specific Learning Difference (SpLDs) such as:
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Guidelines for students with ADHD)
Or other learning disabilities, please click here
Filling out the form will allow the team to acquire information about your support needs,  and to contact you shortly for an appointment.
Any provided information will be kept strictly confidential, and will solely be used to support your learning.

Center for Learning Excellence Welcome page

Welcome Statement

Welcome to the Center for Learning Excellence! We supply AUI students with both tutoring and mentoring services in order to ensure an all-around fulfilling learning experience. The CLE adopts a peer-to-peer methodology to transform learning from a vertical process to a horizontal one. This not only makes learning more approachable and less intimidating, but also empowers students to structure their education in the way that works for them. In fact, on top of being equipped with a steady academic foundation, our tutors and mentors are also internationally trained and certified so that they can meet the needs of their peers. While our mentors provide new students with advice and guidance, our tutors assist their fellow students in their learning by helping them find the most suitable comprehension methods. To make sure that these services are at the disposal of every student regardless of their schedule, our online platform allows students to book either tutoring or mentoring sessions at the times that suit them best.

Mission Statement

The Center for Learning Excellence aims to equip AUI students with the necessary skills to reach academic excellence. We achieve this through the provision of carefully designed tutoring and mentoring support services and training programs for both mentors and tutors.

Word from the Founders

            “The CLE helps students transition smoothly from high school to university, and assimilate the tools they will use in their future careers.”

                        -Ahmed Khallaayoun, Associate Professor, FYE Coordinator

            “We believe in the potential of each one of our students, and it is our objective to make them aware of it.”

                        -Mhammed Chraibi, Assistant Professor, CLE Coordinator


Letter from the Coordinators

Dear AUI Community,

The Center for Learning Excellence is a place that guarantees students the right environment to develop their knowledge and benefit from the peer-to-peer learning. Through its internationally trained mentors and tutors, the CLE is a strong support system in Al Akhawayn community. The mentoring services allow for a better integration of newcomers to the American System in a comfortable atmosphere. The certified mentors guide the incoming members of our community as they explore the different learning system in our university. The tutors, on the other hand, provide the necessary support to students of various courses to achieve the desired level of understanding. Through its services, the CLE ensures students have all that they need to be academically successful. The Center for Learning Excellence strives to positively impact the community and help its students become better learners now so they can become better leaders in the future.

-CLE Coordinators

Private Tutoring

Private Tutoring is offered in the Center for Learning Excellence by request through the Kudos. Students can request Private Tutoring to clarify course concepts, discuss book chapters, or prepare for quizzes and exams. The Private Tutoring is free of charge. The students are encouraged to make use of that service to try to improve their grades and get a better grasp on the course material.

It is very important that students come prepared to the Private Tutoring sessions. They should have read the chapters and underlined the concepts, examples, or exercises that they did not understand. These Private Tutoring sessions are not meant to solve class assignments, homework, or projects. 

Group Tutoring sessions consist of practice and problem solving with the assistance of a tutor. Group Tutoring sessions can be organized by the professor of a specific class in order to further support his or her students. Students need to take advantage of the Group Tutoring by asking questions and going to the board to solve problems (learning by doing). Practice exercises will be suggested by the faculty teaching the course. Students may suggest an exercise they would like to work on, but it has to be approved by the tutor first.

Interested in being a tutor? Apply here