Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Alumnus Qualifies for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Alumnus and Moroccan athlete Ali Al Ahrach (’11) will be competing on the world’s largest athletic stage - the Olympic games in Tokyo. Ali is representing Morocco in equestrian - the jumping division. Ali won the Gold medal in the 2019 Rabat Continental/Regional Games.

This is the first time in the history of Moroccan show jumping that a team has qualified for the Olympic Games. The Olympic equestrian events will be held July 25-29 for dressage and August 4-8 for show jumping at Setagaya Equestrian Park.

Paper Co-Authored by Alumnus Othman Namli Wins an Award

SBA Alumnus Othman Namli, and Professor Gwyneth Edwards won the Best Student Paper Award in the International Business Division at the latest Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) Conference. The paper, Internationalization Speed: Strategies in the Low-Cost Carriers (LCCs) Industry, was based on Othman Namli’s thesis, directed by Professor Edwards and submitted in August 2020.

The purpose of this paper is to understand the factors that allow a company to expand to the international market more rapidly. The model that emerged from Namli’s work could help guide airlines looking to pursue international opportunities without overstretching their capabilities. This award salutes the quality of Professor Edwards’ and Mr. Namli’s research, which had already been recognized with a research scholarship from the Boucaro Foundation. (

Alumnus Aomar Boum, New Holder of the Maurice Amado Chair in Sephardic Studies at UCLA

As of July 1, 2021, Alumnus and UCLA anthropology professor Aomar Boum, is the new holder of the Maurice Amado Endowed Chair in Sephardic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA).

Housed in the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, the Maurice Amado Program in Sephardic Studies offers students at the undergraduate and graduate level the rare opportunity to focus intensively on the study of Sephardic history and culture. It also hosts lectures, workshops and symposia open to the academic and wider Los Angeles community that cultivate and stimulate this field and situate UCLA as one of its principle hubs.  It has supported international scholarship, building on the solid research and teaching program erected over the course of a decade and a half of Maurice Amado Lectures and more recently by the Maurice Amado Chair. (

Dr. Falah Publishes Article on Blockchain In Education

SSE Professor Dr. Bouchaib Falah, with master students Hamza Touhs and Soufiane Karroumi, published a paper titled "An Overview of a Blockchain Application in Education Using Hyperledger Project" In the Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’21) that was held in Valencia, Spain, on June 22-23, 2021.

The paper proposes an overview of a blockchain solution in education. This technology relies on the unique features it offers, such as decentralization, data integrity, and security. The presented solution aims to reduce the paperwork needed to perform tasks, secure the stored data, increase transparency, as well as to offer new recruitment possibilities and statistics capabilities to the current educational system.

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AUI Student Awarded Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarship

AUI student Nouhaila Amine Demnati, was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Excellence Scholarship, out of 19 scholarship holders selected this year. Nouhaila will join the Master Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management.