Ifrane - Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is a pearl of higher education nationally and internationally. It was inaugurated by King Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia in 1995 after the Moroccan king noticed a dire need of a higher caliber university that would reinforce and raise the national economy through its well qualified graduate students at a time when most of the excellent and ambitious baccalaureate holders opted for European and American institutes.
Ifrane – Al Akhawayn University (AUI) is a pearl of higher education nationally and internationally. It was inaugurated by King Hassan II and the king of Saudi Arabia in 1995 after the Moroccan king noticed a dire need of a higher caliber university that would reinforce and raise the national economy through its well qualified graduate students at a time when most of the excellent and ambitious baccalaureate holders opted for European and American institutes.
This was depriving the Moroccan economy from two main pillars of developments of any economy: well qualified people and a foreign currency exodus.
What further aggravated the situation, beside the foreign currency exodus and Moroccan brain drain, was a financial crisis that was generated from the sharp drop in the international price of phosphates, of which Morocco controls approximately two thirds of the world’s reserves. The depressed prices of the commodity severely affected the country’s foreign exchange reserves. Most importantly, the economy was significantly undermined by Morocco’s long period of severe droughts. Years of drought resulted in a massive exodus of the rural population to cities seeking work, compounding, hence, high levels of unemployment and social unrest (unemployment rates reached 16 percent in 1991 and 17.5 percent in 1992).
In this regard, the kingdom in the early 90’s started the implementation of a reform-based agenda as a response to domestic and international developments. At the international level, the kingdom’s attempts to gain greater access to the European Community (EC) and expand bilateral economic and trade relations with Europe and the rest of the word in order to differentiate and diversify sources of wealth and welfare pushed Morocco to engage in an integration process; a process that would not succeed without being institutionalized by a national university that formed qualified graduates who are aware of national interests and preoccupations.
Accordingly, King Hassan II, May Allah bless his soul, to stop the “bleeding”, thought of creating a university that assimilates and responds to all Moroccan needs nationally and internationally so as to bridge the gap of information between the north and the south, respond to the quick evolution of knowledge and technology, and to play an active social role. Also, Al Akhawayn University’s aim is to provide different sectors, especially economic and industrial, with its expertise and with the fruit of its research activities and make it handy as was chartered to it by the Royal Dahir.
To achieve its goals and objectives, in addition to an excellent infrastructure similar to that existing in leading international institutes, the university recruits highly qualified staff and national and international researchers and professors who have demonstrated academic and pedagogical competence.
The axis of AUI strength and leadership is realized and completed through the admission of students on a competitive basis to different graduate and undergraduate schools (School of Science and Engineering, School of Business Administration and School of Human and Social Studies), enabling the selection of the best candidates with the potential for success in their studies and prospect of leadership in their careers. And to guarantee the equality of recruiting students of outstanding academic performance, the university offers full scholarships, grants, and work study or loans to students who demonstrate financial need. It is a national university of elite students, regardless of whether they are rich or not, and a university that responds to the national needs of well qualified graduates.
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