Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


SBA Students Attending 2020 SIETAR Switzerland Congress

SBA students enrolled in two sections of Dr. Hassi’s Cross-Cultural Management course are currently attending the 2020 SIETAR Switzerland Congress (Society for Intercultural Education, Training, and Research) taking place online between Oct. 23 and Nov. 28, 2020:

Our AUI participating students take part in various activities about intercultural matters and interact with attendees and experts from all over the world. Our students will have the opportunity to submit reflections about the Congress for publication in the SIETAR Switzerland Congress newsletter. 


The Azrou Center Inaugurates the Digital Education Room

The Azrou Center inaugurated the Digital Education Room dedicated to students pursuing the non-formal education program (primary category). This project, carried out with funds granted by the PISTORIO Foundation, aims to strengthen the digital learning capacity of students by distributing 20 tablets and 40 satchels containing supplies and textbooks. This socio-educational initiative was attended by the Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Abdessamd FATMI, Mr. Mohamed AL HACHIMI who is responsible for the ENF program at the level of the Provincial Directorate of the Ministry of National Education in Ifrane, and the staff of the Azrou Center. 

Dr. Djallil Lounnas Co-authors Book Chapter

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently released a book chapter co-authored with Dr. Yahia Zoubir. The title of the chapter is "European-North African Security: The Complexity of Cooperation" published in Transnational Security Cooperation in the Mediterranean by Robert Mason in Palgrave Editions. The chapter deals with the issues of security cooperation between Europe and North Africa, particularly on terrorism, illegal trafficking, migration as well as the Sahel. The paper shows the complexity of this cooperation due to the lack of regional cooperation in North Africa, but also on the difference of analysis on these problems between the EU and each of the North African countries. 


Link to the book chapter 


Alumnus Appointed as Head of Mondelez Maroc


Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snacks companies, announced the appointment of SBA Alumnus Othmane Nadifi (’99) as General Manager of its Moroccan subsidiary, Mondelez Maroc. 

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Dr. Lounnas Publishes Paper on the Libyan Crisis

Dr. Djallil Lounnas, Assistant Professor of International Studies at AUI, recently published a paper titled “The Libya Crisis: A case of failed collective security" published in the journal Middle East PolicyThe paper looks at the regional and international dimension of the ongoing war in Libya. More specifically, the paper examines how regional and major powers with conflicting interests and competing for influence in Libya, prevent any settlement in the conflict. 

The full paper can be found here: