Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Dr. Abid and Fulbright Student Visit University of Houston College of Technology

Dr. Riduan Abid, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the School of Science and Engineering (SSE) and Mrs. Bourhnane, PhD. Student and lecturer at the SSE recently visited the University of Houston (UH) for further collaboration on the USAID funded project managed by the National Academies, “Towards Smart Microgrids: Renewable Energy Integration into Smart Buildings.

The following article, published by UH, documents their visit to University of Houston.


SHSS Faculty Contributes Book Chapter

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently published a paper titled "Moderate Islamist Parties in the MENA Region and Europe: Between the Democracy-Human Rights and the Stability-Security Nexus". This book chapter was published in the Routledge Handbook of EU-Middle East Relations edited by Bouris Dimitris, Daniela Huber, and Michelle Pace. The chapter deals with the moderate Islamist Parties in the MENA region and the European Union. More specifically, it looks at how these parties managed and adapted their policies once in power after the Arab Spring and cooperated with the EU especially on issues of migration and security which became of paramount importance for the EU after 2015 in its relations with the MENA region, thus showing a high level of pragmatism and adaptability.

The link can be found here:

Digital Education Training Organized at the Azrou Center

As part of the project led by "Global Alliance for Africa" in partnership with the Ministry of National Education – Ifrane Regional Office, Al Akhawayn University, and the CITI Association, a training was organized on Monday 14th at the Azrou Center for Community Development. The training benefited 20 teachers from different middle schools of the Regional Office of Ifrane including the trainers of the Azrou Center.

The objective of this training is to allow participants to learn about OneNote Class Notebooks applications by exploring different educational uses in the classroom and to develop the skills necessary for collaborative online learning while using Office 365 application.

Dr. Lounnas Publishes Paper on Europe-Maghreb Perspectives of the 'Reconciliation' Approach

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently published a paper titled "Extrémisme violent et prévention: perspectives Europe-Maghreb de l’approche par la « réconciliation »." The paper was published by the Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique (FRS). Co-authored with Dr. Jean Luc Marret, the paper analyses in a comparative perspective the strategies of reconciliation put in place in North Africa to counter violent extremism and how the lessons learned are transferable to Europe.

The full paper can be found here:

SHSS Professor Kenza Oumlil Publishes Scholarly Article in Islamophobia Studies Journal

AUI Professor Kenza Oumlil recently published a scholarly article titled "The Poetry of Suheir Hammad: Transnational Interventions in the Age of Islamophobia and Digital Media." The peer-reviewed article was published by the Islamophobia Studies Journal. The Journal is produced in collaboration with the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender at Berkeley, "a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims."