Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Prominent Environmental Ethics and Animal Welfare Philosopher Peter Singer Reaches Out to Africa

Nabil Hamidi, an undergraduate student studying International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) and Philosophy at Arizona State University (ASU), recently interviewed Peter Singer, the influential ethics scholar. The discussion was the result of themes covered in the Environmental Ethics course at the AUI School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS). 

Peter Singer is an Australian moral philosopher, currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He is known for his work on the ethics of our treatment of animals and for his writings on the moral obligations of the affluent to assist in dealing with global poverty. In 2005, Time magazine listed Singer as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. The Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute ranked him 3rd among Global Thought Leaders for 2013. 

Dr. Peter Borkowski and Mr. Hamidi had a fruitful discussion with the philosopher about how human, animal and environmental welfare are inextricably tied together and how Singer’s ethical philosophy relates to the African context. 

Listen to the interview here: 



AUI Professors Therrien and Oumlil Participate in EU H2020 International Policy Council

AUI Professors Catherine Therrien (lead investigator) and Kenza Oumlil (co-investigator) participated in a European Union H2020 International Policy Council at the University of Milan in Italy last week, from May 12-13, 2022. As part of the EU project “Interconnecting Histories and Archives for Migrant Agency: Entangled Narratives Across Europe and the Mediterranean Region," led by the Italian university Università Degli Studi di Modena E Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE), and with the participation of 12 institutions in Europe and North Africa, Therrien and Oumlil presented the findings of a national and local policy council held in Rabat on January 26, 2022, on the topic of media representations and self-representations of Sub-Saharan migrants and institutional communication with migrants, particularly in times of Covid in the Moroccan context. Therrien and Oumlil also presented suggestions that emerged from the discussion with the different stakeholders (civil society associations, government representatives, and journalists) about how to improve communication about migrants and migration during the pandemic. 

AUI Professors Hassi and Storti won the 3d prize of the 2021 TCJ Compact Case Competition

AUI Professors Abderrahman Hassi and Giovanna Storti won the 3d prize of the 2021 TCJ Compact Case Competition for their case entitled Hoarding Essential Products during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The case discusses the issue of two brothers who amassed and hoarded stockpiles of essential products to make an immense profit when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. However, by an ironic twist of fate, their unorthodox acts were revealed in the media and the consequences came in threes: the public vilified the hoarders, the online marketplaces kicked them out, and the authorities opened an investigation about alleged price-gouging practices.  


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Dr. Saad Boulahnane Earns Handling Editor Position at Web of Science Indexed Journal


Dr. Saad Boulahnane, lecturer at the Language Center (LC) at Al AKhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI), serves as handling editor of REGISTER JOURNAL, an International ESCI Web of Science Indexed Journal dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among teachers and researchers in the field of Applied Linguistics and English Language Teaching. 


The focus of this journal is to publish research articles that explore linguistics theories, English language teaching, and daily language usage in education. Its scope is international in that it welcomes articles from academics, researchers, graduate students, and policymakers from around the world. The scope of the Journal includes the following fields: theory and practice in English language teaching and learning, teaching English as a second or foreign language, English language teachers’ training and education, applied English linguistics, interlanguage pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, Translation studies, etc. 


New Role of Dr. Muhammad Ikram as Review Editor of “Environmental Economics and Management” in Frontiers in Environmental Science Journal, Sustainability (SCI/4.581)

Dr. Muhammad Ikram, Assistant Professor at the AUI School of Business Administration (SBA), has been appointed Review Editor of "Environmental Economics and Management" in Frontiers in Environmental Science journal. 

The "Environmental Economics and Management" section publishes cutting-edge research in the development and application of novel economic and management approaches to address the environmental challenges humanity faces in the 21st century and beyond. Studies cover all spatial and temporal scales, bridge sectoral domains, and investigate policies to attain diverse sets of sustainability goals. Novel scientific approaches to address issues related to the use of natural resources, environmental degradation, and conflict resolution to disaster risk management are published in this specialty section. Articles will be published on the basis of their scientific quality and degree of theoretical and empirical significance. Full reproducibility of scientific findings is a condition for publication. 

More details on the Frontiers in Environmental Science journal can be found at: