Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


HEDRU Talk: Professor Zakaria Abouddahab on EU-Morocco Relations

Professor Zakaria Abouddahab from Mohamed V University shared his analysis of EU-Morocco Relations since their beginnings in the 1960s and highlighted the expanding cooperation between the two beyond trade issues. Prof. Abouddahab explained the growing needs of Morocco and the EU to deepen strategic relations and include cooperation regarding security issues. He also highlighted the importance of legislative and judicial cooperation between the two.

Distinguished Professor Speaks on Iran and Geopolitics

The Human and Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU) welcomed Professor Hassan Abbas from the National Defense University (NDU) on February 24 for a talk on the geopolitics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prof. Abbas discussed various forces that shape contemporary Iran by drawing a historical continuum to understand current geopolitical struggles in the MENA region. 

Prof. Abbas is a Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA) of NDU. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of security, politics, law, and religion, touching upon South Asia and the Middle East. His most recent book is titled Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance (2018).

SSE Professor Wins Horizon 2020 Project Funding

Dr. Asmae Khaldoun, a professor at Al Akhawayn, was awarded a 1,082,312.50 € grant for her project “Africa-Europe BioClimatic Buildings for XXI Century.” The grant was awarded by “Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020" (Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Secure, Clean, and Efficient Energy).  

The consortium working on this project includes the following institutions: 

Politecnico Di Milano (Italy); Agence Marocaine de l'Efficacité Énergétique, AMEE (Morocco); E7 Energie Markt Analyse (Austria); Ciencias.ID - Associacao Para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento de Ciencias (Portugal); United Nations Human Settlements Programme (Kenya); Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable (Senegal); Ministry of National Territory Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy (Morocco); Universite de la Reunion (France); Ecole Africaine des Métiers de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme (Togo); Universite Al Akhawayn d’Ifrane (Morocco) 


MIPA Hosts SHSS Graduate Students for Policy Paper Workshop

On February 7ththe Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis (MIPA) hosted graduate students from Al Akhawayn School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and professors Eric Ross, Frances Danielle Williams-Loustau, and Zaynab El Bernoussi for a day of instruction on policy paper writing. The policy paper workshop at MIPA was led by Dr. Mohammed Masbahdirector of the Institute, and Mr. Rachid Aourraz, an economist and fellow at the Institute. 

Alumnus Publishes Paper in the Munich Personal RePEc Archive

AUI alumnus Tahar Harkat recently published a paper in the Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) that assesses the link between energy consumption and economic development, particularly as it appears in the Moroccan economy. Tahar (’16) holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a double concentration in Finance and Logistics.  

His paper can be found at the following link: