Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Doris Gray: Keynote Speaker at the NAFSA 2018 Annual Conference

Dr. Doris Gray, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Director of the Hillary Clinton Center for Women's Empowerment at AUI, was invited as keynote speaker for the prestigious 2018 Symposium on Leadership: Value vs Values: Defending International Education in a Complex World, organized by the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

A NAFSA Signature Program offered by the International Education Leadership Knowledge Community, the symposium explores the ways volatility in international relations impacts international education. In conjunction with Prof. Gray, Mrs. Amy Fishburn, Director of the Office of International Programs, also served in NAFSA leadership for two years in an appointed position.

Aims of the MENARA Project in Video

Funded by the EU's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the MENARA Project involves 14 research institutions and around 160 interviews have been conducted so far. Al Akhawayn is the only team to have extensively covered the North African-Sahelian Region; conducting sixty interviews. The AUI MENARA team's great work paid off, resulting in a successful conference, which was held in Budapest back in April.  

The following video summarizes the MENARA Project:  

Lounnas on Women’s Role in Sahel Jihadi Organizations

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant SHSS Professor of International Studies, recently participated in a conference at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on “The Reverse Flow of Foreign Terrorist Fighters” in Rome, May 10-11th, 2018. Lounnas participated in the panel discussion: "A GENDERED APPROACH TO PREVENTING AND COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM”, and presented on "The role of Women in Jihadi organizations in the sahel". He looked at the religious justification for women’s involvement in these organizations, as well as the role they play in the Sahel in mobilizing, supporting, and participating in those Jihadi organizations.

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Alumna Selected for Obama Foundation’s 2018 Africa Program

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) alumna Zineb Lahbabi—International Studies major, Class of 2013 - has recently been selected to be a participant of the Obama Foundation’s “2018 Africa Program”, which will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, between July 14th and 18th.

The “Africa Program” is a prestigious, yearlong initiative whose aim is to prepare young African leaders for various roles in the government, civil service, and private sector. Participants in attendance of this July’s program will have the chance to meet with prominent members of the Obama administration, and, at the end of the program, will have the chance to attend a town-hall-style meeting headed by former American President Barrack Obama himself.

Zineb is one of 200 participants, chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 10,000 candidates. AUI is very proud of Zineb and can’t wait to see what she’ll do next!

Ahmed Lekssays Discusses Web Vulnerabilities

On April 28th, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) School of Science and Engineering graduate student Ahmed Lekssays was invited to be the first guest speaker at the "Institut National de Statistique et d'Économie Appliquée’s (INSEA)" IT Village 1.0n INSEA where he discussed "Blockchain and Data Security" and the vulnerabilities he had discovered on Twitter, Whatsapp, Dropbox, and Tumblr. 

Other speakers at the event included a number of professors, researchers, and consultants. The event was attended by the "Secrétaire d’Etat auprès du Ministre de l’Industrie, de l’Investissement, du Commerce et de l’Economie Numérique, chargé de l’Investissement"