Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane - Spotlights


Congratulations: SSE faculty member elected as Chairman of the IEEE's Morocco Section

Dr. Nasser Assem, a faculty member at the School of Science and Engineering, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane was elected as the new Chair of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Morocco section. IEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology for the benefit of humanity, with more than 400,000 members all over the world. Since it was founded in 1884, IEEE has been a renowned institution dedicated to the development of research, the promotion of innovation and technological excellence.

Before his new IEEE position, Dr. Assem has served as an IEEE member and volunteer for many years, and as vice-chair of the section for two consecutive terms since 2016. He is currently the academic coordinator for computing-based programs at Al Akhawayn University overseeing the undergraduate Bachelors in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Robotization, Big Data Analytics, Cyber-Physical Systems, Cloud and Mobile Software Engineering, and Computer Systems, as well as the Master programs in FinTech and Digital Transformation.


AUI Professor Published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies

Katja Žvan Elliott, an AUI professor in North African and Middle East Studies, was recently published in the International Journal of Middle East Studies. Her article, “‘It’s Too Much!’: Victims Of Gender-Based Violence Encounter The Moroccan State,” explores how non-literacy and poverty hinder low-income women’s experience with justice and the Moroccan state.


Žvan Elliott says: “I would also like to use the opportunity to thank AUI for funding my fieldwork and to colleagues who have helped me think through ideas – you’re all in my acknowledgements.


Access Žvan Elliott’s article here

HEDRU Talk: Professor Zakaria Abouddahab on EU-Morocco Relations

Professor Zakaria Abouddahab from Mohamed V University shared his analysis of EU-Morocco Relations since their beginnings in the 1960s and highlighted the expanding cooperation between the two beyond trade issues. Prof. Abouddahab explained the growing needs of Morocco and the EU to deepen strategic relations and include cooperation regarding security issues. He also highlighted the importance of legislative and judicial cooperation between the two.

Distinguished Professor Speaks on Iran and Geopolitics

The Human and Economic Development Research Unit (HEDRU) welcomed Professor Hassan Abbas from the National Defense University (NDU) on February 24 for a talk on the geopolitics of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Prof. Abbas discussed various forces that shape contemporary Iran by drawing a historical continuum to understand current geopolitical struggles in the MENA region. 

Prof. Abbas is a Distinguished Professor of International Relations at the Near East South Asia Strategic Studies Centre (NESA) of NDU. He has authored numerous publications in the fields of security, politics, law, and religion, touching upon South Asia and the Middle East. His most recent book is titled Pakistan’s Nuclear Bomb: A Story of Defiance, Deterrence and Deviance (2018).

SSE Professor Wins Horizon 2020 Project Funding

Dr. Asmae Khaldoun, a professor at Al Akhawayn, was awarded a 1,082,312.50 € grant for her project “Africa-Europe BioClimatic Buildings for XXI Century.” The grant was awarded by “Horizon 2020 Call: H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020" (Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Secure, Clean, and Efficient Energy).  

The consortium working on this project includes the following institutions: 

Politecnico Di Milano (Italy); Agence Marocaine de l'Efficacité Énergétique, AMEE (Morocco); E7 Energie Markt Analyse (Austria); Ciencias.ID - Associacao Para a Investigacao e Desenvolvimento de Ciencias (Portugal); United Nations Human Settlements Programme (Kenya); Ministère de l'Environnement et du Développement Durable (Senegal); Ministry of National Territory Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and City Policy (Morocco); Universite de la Reunion (France); Ecole Africaine des Métiers de l'Architecture et de l'Urbanisme (Togo); Universite Al Akhawayn d’Ifrane (Morocco)