Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Farouk’s Team Wins the Space Rover Competition

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the US Embassy in Rabat, in partnership with the Moroccan Spacenauts, organized the Space Day on July 21st, 2019.

ENDEAVOUR Team, composed of AUI student Farouk Lemyesser and students from different engineering schools competed against two other teams, and won the Space Rover Competition. The team had to create a space rover similar to the one sent to Mars by NASA, and it had to navigate a terrain and pick up some rocks and move them to a particular place. 

The Apollo landing on the moon on July 1969 marked the human history and opened the door to future space exploration. The program included a rewarding exchange with former NASA engineer Dr. Ayanna Howard and other space and robotics passionates, researchers, experts and organizations from around Morocco.


Congratulations to our Emerald Award Winner Rachid Zegrane

Mr. Rachid Zegrane, Collection & Access Librarian, was awarded the Development Star Recognition Award from the Emerald’s Library Advisory Network (November 2018 – June 2019) for his participation in developing the new Emerald Insight Platform:

Lounnas Publishes in the French Journal 'Politique Etrangère'

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently published in the French Academic Journal Politique Étrangère 2019/2 (Summer) a paper titled Le djihadisme au Sahel après la chute de Daech" and deals with the prospects of Jihadist organizations in Sahel merger in the context of the fall of ISIS in the Middle-East and the States responses.

The paper can be found here:

Alumna Samia Badidi Earns Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Al Akhawayn Alumna Samia Badidi (’19) (Engineering and Management Science) has been awarded a full-degree scholarship through an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD). EMJMD awarded EU-funded scholarships to the best 13 student candidates. 

EMJMD is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. The successful completion of the study programme will lead to the award of either a joint degree (i.e. one single degree certificate issued on behalf of at least two higher education institutions of the EMJMD consortium) or multiple degrees (i.e. at least two degree certificates issued by two higher education institutions of the consortium).


Benrqya Publishes on Costs and Benefits of Using Cross-docking Strategy

Yassine BENRQYA, Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management, recently published a paper titled, “Costs and benefits of using cross-docking in the retail supply chain: A case study of an FMCG company”, in International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management (IJRDM). The purpose of the paper is to investigate the costs/benefits of implementing the cross-docking strategy in a retail supply chain, taking into consideration a case study of a global fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) company and a major French retailer.  International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management (IJRDM) is ranked among others by:  Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List - B ranking; Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS, UK) and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) Journal list. IJRDM has a CiteScore equal to 3.02.

Citation : Yassine Benrqya, (2019) "Costs and benefits of using cross-docking in the retail supply chain: A case study of an FMCG company", International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Vol. 47 Issue: 4, pp.412-432,