Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


IEAPS Participates in the Annual FEMISE Conference in Malta

The 2018 Annual EU-funded Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Economic Institutes (FEMISE) Conference is centered this year on the Theme of Neighbors of Neighbors: Relation and Cooperation of the EU-Med towards Africa, in Valetta, Malta, on 7-9 February 2018.

As an active and founding member of FEMISE, AUI IEAPS will be represented by one of its members, M. Tahar Harkat. Mr. Harkat will represent the institute and address issues related to research progress around youth in the region.

The FEMISE annual conference provides a platform for the different actors of the EU-Med region of research institutes’ members, academics, policymakers and representatives of the international community including the EU, to engage in a constructive dialogue about the future of the region and the role the EU can play in the context of the new ENP. 


The concept note is available by clicking here.

The agenda is available here.


AUI Student Comes in First at "SheHacks"

Tech-savvy Oumaima Lamaakel and her fellow American teammates placed first in the "Wellness Challenge"" at "SheHacks", the largest all-female and non-binary Hackathon based out of Boston. Lamaakel and her team created an Android app designed to help people in emotional distress that is capable of linking to both a VR headset and a physical game in order to help people get over panic attacks.


IEAPS: Understanding Youth in Arab Countries


The following contribution is a synthesis of many contributions (Driouchi & Harkat, 2017a; 2017b; 2017c; 2017d; 2017e; Harkat, Driouchi, and Achehboune, 2016a; 2016b; and Harkat and Driouchi, 2017) and aims at analyzing the situation of the youngest segments in Arab economies. Findings indicate that the values, and the way women is perceived as a player in the economy by older generations did not change. But with regard to work attribute, they have changed significantly. With regard to macroeconomic threats, they are perceived more by young individuals in non-GCC countries than young individuals in GCC countries. The remaining four sections indicate the impact of vocational and general education on macroeconomic and social variables, the status as well as the determinants of youth unemployment, the status and determinants of young individuals not in education, not in employment, and not in training (or NEETs), and the impact of the demographic dividend on the NEETs. Empirical results indicate that the situation and impact of the youth differs from each Arab economy to another.

Tahar Harkat, Ahmed Driouchi, IEAPS, Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco.

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MPRA Paper No. 83843

Alumnus El Gharrass Secretary of State Responsible for Professional Training

AUI alumnus Mohamed El Gharrass (BBA, Class of 1999) was appointed by His Majesty king Mohamed VI on Monday, January 22nd as a Secretary of State in charge of Professional Training. El Gharrass was the first president of the Student Government Association (SGA). He also worked as a director of the Development and Communication Department at AUI.

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Lounnas on the Evolution of Jihadi Organizations

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant SHSS Professor of International Studies, recently spoke to an Italian newspaper about the evolution of Jihadi organizations in the Sahel region, including the emergence of Daech and its relations with Al Qaeda linked organizations.