Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


SHSS Professor Kenza Oumlil Publishes Scholarly Article in Islamophobia Studies Journal

AUI Professor Kenza Oumlil recently published a scholarly article titled "The Poetry of Suheir Hammad: Transnational Interventions in the Age of Islamophobia and Digital Media." The peer-reviewed article was published by the Islamophobia Studies Journal. The Journal is produced in collaboration with the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender at Berkeley, "a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims." 

SBA Professor Abderrahman Hassi Contributes to the UNESCO’s Futures of Education

SBA professor Abderrahman Hassi recently took part in a working group on the paradigm shift for the 21st century education in the framework of UNESCO’s Futures of Education. 

Dr. Hassi co-authored a report with 20 other contributors from several countries entitled Futures of Education: Learning to Become. How should what we learn, how we learn, and where we learn change in the future? available at: 


AUI Listed in High Ranking Journal

Dr. Mohamed Riduan Abid, SSE Associate Professor of Computer Science, recently got his journal paper published in "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews" Journal, a "Top-Journal" ranked 19th in All-fields-Journals -

The journal has a JCR (Clarivate Analytics) IF of 12.21, a 25.5 cite score, and 258 H-Index. The ScimagoJR (SJR) is 3.63.

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Nidal Benali, Youngest Appointment to the UN MGCY to Participate in UN Conference

AUI graduate student Nidal Benali, the first Moroccan under 30 years old to be appointed to represent the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (UN MGCY) is speaking as a panelist at the United Nations Ecosoc Youth Forum titled “Youth in Governance Dialogue : A Nexus of Peace, Justice, Youth Development,” on April 6th.  

SSE Professor Violetta Cavalli-Sforza's Natural Language Processing Research Published in Journal

AUI professor Dr. Violetta Cavalli-Sforza of the School of Science and Engineering recently co-authored a research paper titled "A panoramic survey of natural language processing in the Arab world." The piece was published in the journal Communications of the ACM and includes original research from twelve distinguished experts in the field. 
Darwish, K., Habash, N., Abbas, M. Al-Khalifa, H. , Al-Natsheh, H. , Bouamor, H., Bouzoubaa, K., Cavalli-Sforza, V., El-Beltagy, S., El-Hajji, W., Jarrar, M., Mubarak, H. (2021). “A panoramic survey of natural language processing in the Arab World”, Communications of the ACM, March 2021.