Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Alumnus Aomar Boum, New Holder of the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA

As of July 1, 2021, Alumnus and UCLA anthropology professor Aomar Boum, is the new holder of the Maurice Amado Endowed Chair in Sephardic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA).

Housed in the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, the Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies offers students at the undergraduate and graduate level the rare opportunity to focus intensively on the study of Sephardic history and culture. It also hosts lectures, workshops and symposia open to the academic and wider Los Angeles community that cultivate and stimulate this field and situate UCLA as one of its principle hubs.  It has supported international scholarship, building on the solid research and teaching program erected over the course of a decade and a half of Maurice Amado Lectures and more recently by the Maurice Amado Chair. (

Dr. Falah Publishes Article on Blockchain In Education

SSE Professor Dr. Bouchaib Falah, with master students Hamza Touhs and Soufiane Karroumi, published a paper titled "An Overview of a Blockchain Application in Education Using Hyperledger Project" In the Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’21) that was held in Valencia, Spain, on June 22-23, 2021.

The paper proposes an overview of a blockchain solution in education. This technology relies on the unique features it offers, such as decentralization, data integrity, and security. The presented solution aims to reduce the paperwork needed to perform tasks, secure the stored data, increase transparency, as well as to offer new recruitment possibilities and statistics capabilities to the current educational system.

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AUI Student Awarded Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship

AUI student Nouhaila Amine Demnati, was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Excellence Scholarship, out of 19 scholarship holders selected this year. Nouhaila will join the Master Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management.

AUI Students Win 2nd Place in National Hackathon

After winning the ‘Sports Data Analytics Hackathon’ - Challenge 2: innovation challenge, AUI team composed of Ayoub Ghamas, Noureddine Amaraoui, Bilal Lorhlam, and Hamza Lahlali, participated in and won second place in the National Hackathon "Home Services", on June 12-13, in La Startup Factory, Casablanca - the biggest start-up incubator in Africa.

The Hackathon on home services aims to better organize the sector of domestic workers (housekeepers, drivers, cooks, guards, etc.) in an innovative way and solve the problem of hundreds of thousands of workers in Morocco, (CNSS/retirement/paid leave) while establishing a "balance" pair, an environment of trust: employer/employee. Among the 25 teams that were originally chosen from nearly 300 applicants for this National Hackathon, AUI students managed to ensure a position in the incubation phase for their start-up "Homely".


Student Qualifies to Olympics in Tokyo

SBA student-runner Anas Essayi won a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter event, qualifying for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. The competition, which takes place every two years, ran between June 16 and June 20 in Rades, Tunisia.  

Overall, 24 Moroccan athletes represented Morocco in the championship, from a total of over 400 athletes from 20 countries. With 44 events in total, Morocco earned six gold medals, four silver medals, and six bronze medals.