Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Excellence in Academia: Dr. Žvan Elliott's International Publication

Faculty members at AUI continue to display excellency in the international arena. Most recently Dr. Katja Žvan Elliott, an Associate Professor in North African and Middle East Studies at the University, was published in the UK based Palgrave Handbook of Women's Political Rights with her chapter entitled, "Morocco: Ongoing Struggle for More Representation." In this most recent publication of her work, Dr. Žvan Elliott explores the often overlooked relationship between lower political representation of women in Morocco and the country’s delays in human development in addition to the persisting patriarchal mentalities which cut across class, regional, and urban-rural divides. The chapter focuses on the understanding of the post-colonial consolidation of the regime, which included a co-optation of, at first, select political parties and conservative rural notables, and since the 1990s increasingly also women’s rights organizations. Through this, Žvan-Elliott is able to argue that despite the introduction of women’s quotas in 2002 (as well as men’s quotas) women’s rights agenda continues to be depoliticized, while the political space has not (yet) become more democratized and gender-inclusive. 

A link to the publication can be found here: 

Gathering of International Institutions Held to Improve Regional Growth

 Dr. Moncef Lahlou, AUI's Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA), recently represented the University at a gathering of international institutions. On the 30th and 31st of October, the Universities of North West Africa and Macaronesia Network (UNWAM) held its 2nd meeting at Ibn Zohr University in Agadir, Morocco, where representatives from institutions from all over the region convened to discuss how to improve in areas such as training for entrepreneurship, joint degrees, and the quality and the transfer of knowledge. UNWAM was established in December 2017 through the initiative of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with the aim of intensifying the internationalization of North-West Africa through a global network of partners, and for the institutions and organizations of the world to perceive the region as an active and truly internationalized academic environment. This was the 2nd meeting of UNWAM, which is comprised of universities from all over the region including Mali, Senegal, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Azores, Madeira, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Morocco. The theme of this year's meeting was "University-Business Relations and Knowledge Transfer."

Regional Powerhouse: Al Akhawayn Youth Hold Their Own

On Sunday, October 21st, the Azrou Badminton Club won second place in the Badminton Throne Cup Competition which took place in Azrou. Fourteen badminton clubs participated from various different regions in Morocco, namely Azrou, Kenitra, Marrakech, Mohammedia, Guelmima, Casablanca, Safi, Ain Harroud, and Fez. The first place winner was the Marrakech club, a veteran team in the competition of seven years, with Azrou coming in second. The Azrou club was composed of 28 players from ASI. 

Alumna Makes AUI Proud

AUI Alumni continue to represent the University well. Last week Asmae Berrada, a SSE Alumna, won first prize for the Talent Award for Research and Innovation given by Masen, a Moroccan Energy organization based in Rabat that focuses on renewable energy. Asmae was awarded the prize for her PhD thesis which was co-supervised by Professor Loudiyi and Professor Zorkani. 


Seemingly Unstoppable: AUI Wins National Competition Fifth Consecutive Year

Once again Al Akhawayn University has displayed its excellence on the national level. This past weekend the National Programming Competition was held in Khouribga on the 13th and 14th, and for the fifth year in a row AUI came out on top. The event took place at the new OCP-Sponsored 1337 School, and saw 67 teams participate with over 200 students from prestigious national schools and universities, including ENSIAS, INPT, EHTP, and UM6P. The winning AUI team for this year included Omar Moussa, AbdelMajid Essofi, and Ahmed Lekssays, and was co-coached by former champion Khalil Ait Brahi.