News Archive - 2006


Education, Training and Employment Competition

Al Akhawayn University was deservedly awarded a number of prizes during the Education, Training and Employment competition organized in the framework of the Fundamentals of Investment that took place on December 7 and 8, 2006. 15 Dec 06

" The e-Caîd arrived..."

“E-governement” exists in Morocco. We experienced it in some districts of Fès, where an interactive terminal replaces civil government officials. And it works! A success story led by Dr Driss Kettani, Professor at Alakhawayn University in Ifrane. Article from TelQuel Magazine  5 Dec 06.

See the world --5 scholarships (each worth US$19,950) for AUI students

The Scholar Ship ( is a floating university and the first voyage is Fall semester 2007.

Holding 600 students from around the world, the ship will sail from Greece to Japan, visiting along the way Portugal, Panama, Ecuador, Tahiti, Fiji, Australia, and China. More details. 30 Nov 2006

Al Akhawayn University and ESADE sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Al Akhawayn University and ESADE, one of the most prestigious universities in the world that has recently been ranked, by the Wall Street Journal, School of Business No 1 in the world, signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The two institutions, which give special importance to the Euro-Mediterranean region agreed to collaborate in the areas of trade and management training, as an approach for the potential installation of EUROMED School project. More details. 16 Nov 2006

Success Stories for AUI Alumni

Amal BENZINA, was ranked first in a very tough competition in Germany. Details can be found at the Technische Universität München website.


Aomar Boum graduated from our MA in Applied Humanities (1998). He went on to complete a PhD in Anthropology (University Arizona-Tuscon 2005) and is currently teaching at Portland State University. He has just co-authored (with Thomas Park) a Historical Dictionary of Morocco, Scarecrow Press, January 2006. Dr. Boum's publication constitutes a mark of distinction for our University. 14 Nov 2006 

A new important Project and funding granted to the ICT4D lab

In recognition of the success of the eGovernment Project, the International Development Research Center has granted the ICT4D lab headed by Dr Driss Kettani an amount of 472.800$ (3.674.680 DH) to scale up our Research to the national level and generalize the eGovernment Platform and associated Roadmap to the whole Wilaya of Fez and other Moroccan cities including Larache, Hajeb, and Ifrane. 14 Nov 2006

Excellence prize

Wissam Khaouid, as the freshman with the highest score in the GAT, has had his name communicated to the "Fondation Academia" to be the recipient of an excellence prize granted by this foundation to the student with the highest score in the admission tests of selected schools ("grandes écoles").

The Fondation Academia is a non profit association sponsored by major business companies in Morocco whose mission to encourage excellence. You may get more information about them at 7 Nov 2006

His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu, King of Ashanti visits Al Akhawayn University - July 31, 2006

His Majesty appoints President Benmokhtar at the head of the Observatory of the National Initiative for Human Development

Mr Rachid Benmokhtar Benabdellah, President of Al Akhwawayn University, was received by His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the Royal Palace in Casablanca on Friday 21 july, 2006. His Majesty appointed him as President of the Observatory of the National Intiative for Human development, an independent body in charge of monitoring the progress of the Initiative.

Mr Benmokhtar will head the Observatory in addition to his current duties as University President. 

The ICT4D laboratory team has won the award "e-Mtiaz'. This award is related to the best e-Government Project in Morocco. The price will be given during a ceremony headed by the Prime Minister of Morocco and all Government members, on Wednesday June 21 in Rabat, in recognition of the strong contribution of our Research lab in the making of ICT a tool of human, social and economical development of our country. 21 June 2006

9th Commencement Ceremony. The 9th Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday June 10, 2006. 14 June 2006.

International Master in e-Business Management (IMeBM). This is to inform you that our 12 Month Full-Time International Master in e-Business Management (IMeBM) for Fall 2006 will commence on 30th August 2006. 6 June 2006.

Future Entrepreneurs Club congratulates the winners of the AUI Challenger 2006.

Al Akhawayn University Incubator has been granted 150,000 US$ from Worldbank InfoDev. Scholarships are available for project holders. The main objective of Al Akhawayn University Incubator is to create a supportive environment for regional and national socio-economic development. Taking advantage of Al Akhawayn University human and physical resources in addition to its international and national network, the incubator aims at concretizing a key strategic goal for the whole country that is encouraging the creation of startup companies for graduates. 28 April 2006

Fun Run 2006 - This 7th edition of the fun run was very special since we had a professional walk (fun walk) on campus in the soccer field in addition to the run (fun run). 18 April 2006

Elsevier Award - Prof Zouheir Sekkat, has been given an award for publishing the most cited article in Morocco since 2001. 13 April 2006

Water, Women, and Decision Power - Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane and the National Office of Potable Water (ONEP)organize the Ceremony of the launching at AUI of the UNESCO Chair on “Water, Women, and Decision Power” on Wednesday 5 April 2006. 31 March 2006

Training Session Organized by the World Bank Office in Morocco - Ever since the adoption of the World Bank Policy on Disclosure of Information in 2001, a large number of Public Information Centers (PICs) were created around the World with the aim of disseminating WB generated information. 14th March 2006

AUI was ranked 2nd in the "ACM Coucours National de Programation" - The contest was held in INPT. 30 teams participated from all engineering schools in Morocco. The winning team comprised SSE students: Anasse Bari /Amin Rehioui/ Fouad ELghzal. 13th March 2006

University Partners Offering Merit Scholarships - List of organisations. 10th March 2006

International Women's Day - Today we celebrate the International Women’s Day. On this occasion, I would like to express my best wishes to our female students, faculty and staff members. 8th March 2006

50 years of Human Development in Morocco - 50 ans de développement humain au Maroc. February 2006