Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Parent of AUI Alumna and Student Wins European Inventor of the Year Award

Dr. Adnane Remmal, proud parent of AUI alumna Imane Remmal (SBA) and current student, Soukaina Remmal (SHSS), has just been awarded the prize of European Inventor of the Year (2017). Dr. Remmal is a Professor at USMBA, School of Sciences in Fez. He has contributed to the Master of Science in Biotechnology at AUI, collaborated with AUI's own Dr. Khalid Sendide, Associate Professor of Molecular Biotechnology and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, on several research projects, journal publications, and conference papers, and has animated many seminars related to research strategies, patenting, and intellectual property in Biotechnology and Microbiology for AUI Biotech students. Additionally, Dr. Remmal served as a speaker and jury member for SBA capstone students.

In 2015, Dr. Remmal won the award of Best Researcher of Africa. AUI congratulates Dr. Remmal on his innovations thus far and for his success.
To learn more about Dr. Remmal's European Inventor of the Year Award, and his winning of the Best Researcher of Africa Award, please click on the following links, respectively:

IEAPS Dean Interviewed by L’Economiste about the NEETs

Dr. Ahmed Driouchi was interviewed for an article in the Moroccan newspaper L’Economiste about “the state of knowledge about the NEETs (Not in Education, Not Employed and Not in Vocational Training)".

Below is an introductory paragraph to the interview published on L’Economiste, issue 5039, June 6th, 2017:

The Institute for Economic Analysis and Prospective Studies (IEAPS) of Al Akhawayn University has been working on youth, poverty, education and labor markets in relation to its economics of knowledge projects. This has allowed the study of new dimensions related to youth, in particular intergenerational transfers and the decision-making practices of the newer generations. This has led to the pursuit of research targeting the NEETs. Two research papers are recently published by the IEAPS, on the NEETs. 

IEAPS Dean Publishes Paper in the Munich personal RePEc Archive (MPRA)

Dr. Ahmed Driouchi and Tahar Harkat of IEAPS recently published a paper in the MPRA, titled: “An Empirical Descriptive Analysis of the Factors underlying the Role of Younger Generations in Economic, Social, & Political Changes in Arab Countries.”


This is to provide empirical evidence on the likely roles of knowledge, social networks and Information Technologies (IT) besides governance in shaping the characteristics of the current generation of youth in comparison with the oldest ones. The framework of intergenerational mobility provides promising grounds for the empirical analysis.  Series of hypotheses require empirical testing under the above framework. The data are mainly time series from international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Labor Organizations and United Nations. In addition, results from previous studies assessing educational mobility and income are used. Several statistical methods provide the grounds for the testing of the retained hypotheses. The attained results show that the effects of annual demographic growth is not established clearly for all Arab countries as most economies have had immobility in demographic population growth over the period 1960-2015 but the total population of youth in the current generation is higher than the population that prevailed for the older generation. The overall openness of the Arab economies besides their democratization measured by series of indices appear to have been stable over the period 1996-2015. Other results are related to social mobility in income, education attainment and to the unemployment trends. They all show with the progress in ICTs and the increasing reliability on social media, that the current generation has more features that are different from those of the oldest generation.

To read the full paper, please click on the following link:

Oumlil on the Recent Protests in the Rif Region

Dr. Kenza Oumlil, Assistant Professor in Communication and Gender at AUI, recently wrote an article for the Al Jazeera news, titled: "Making Sense of the Recent Protests in Morocco." 



Two Alumni Win the Future Leaders Connect

Al Akhawayn University alumni Soumaya Grain (’13) and Imru'u Al-Kays Talha Jebriel (’14) won the Future Leaders Connect Program. The program is organized by the British Council, a prestigious international organization based in the UK that works on developing cultural relations and educational opportunities. Soumaya and Imru'u Al-Kays will have the opportunity to discuss some of the biggest global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament in London, develop their leadership skills, learn from inspirational policy leaders and make positive policy change in their country.