Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Alumna Publishes Article on Palestinian Organizational Culture

We are proud to recognize AUI alumna Souhaila Zaidoune ('18) for her recent publication in the Emerald Journal. She published her study, “Organizational culture, innovation and performance: a study from a non-western context,” alongside professors Mohammed Aboramadan, Belal Albashiti, and Hatem AlharazinThe article examines connections between organizational culture, innovation, and banks’ performance in Palestine.  

AUI Professor Interviewed about Regional Security Issues

 On January 2, SHSS Professor Djallil Lounnas was published in the newspaper “Le Soir D'Algérie.” In his interview, Lounnas discusses Turkey’s recent decision to send troops to Libya and the regional, along with security, implications of this decision.

Mohammed VI Library Recognizes its Donors

Al Akhawayn’s Mohammed VI Library announced awards today for its most prominent donors from 2005 until 2019. M VI Library recognized Dr. Ouaouicha Driss for his contribution of 1,561 items to the library over the years; Dr. Lotfi Abdelhamid for his contribution of 744 items; Dr. Leslie Coghlan for donating 744 items; Dr. Susan S. Davis for providing 528 items; Dr. Jack Kalpakian for his contribution of 311 items; Ms. Deborah MacArthur for 229 items; and Dr. John Shoup for contributing 203 items. These individuals will be awarded medals corresponding to the size of their donation.  

Visiting Professor Speaks on Post-Hurricane Political Economy

The Human and Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU) welcomed Professor Adriana Garriga-López from Kalamazoo College for a talk on the political economy of the post-hurricane Mariah crisis in Puerto Rico. Professor Adriana Garriga-López collaborated with SHSS Faculty, Dr. Zaynab El Bernoussi, in virtually connecting their respective courses, "Border Epistemologies" and "Politics of the Global South." This collaboration was thanks to the support of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA) and IIE's HIVE Program (Harnessing Innovation Through Virtual Exchange). It was a successful experience of cross-cultural exchange in addition to intellectual mingling. 

Here is a video of part of the talk: 

Mimouna Club Explores Jewish History in Rabat

On Sunday December 1st, AUI’s Mimouna Club organized a trip to Rabat where members had the opportunity to visit important Jewish sites in the capital. The group started the day by visiting the synagogue Shalom Zaoui in the Mellah. After a warm welcome from the Rabbi, they discussed the different components of the synagogue's structure. Next, they visited another synagogue: the Talmud Torah synagogue, where Abdou Ladino presented an overview of the history of Jews in Morocco and how they moved throughout time. He also mentioned the role Morocco played in their protection. The club members later visited the Old Jewish cemetery of Rabat where members lit candles for Jewish patrons before gathering for lunch at the La Menora restaurant to try Moroccan-Jewish food. 

Before heading back to campus, the group visited the Mausoleum Mohammed V and unfinished Hassan Tower, along with discussing the role of His Majesty King Mohammed V in saving Moroccan Jews during World War II.