Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University or AUI (جامعة الأخوين, literally meaning The Two Brothers' University referring to the King of Saudi Arabia and the King of Morocco) is a university located in Ifrane, Morocco, just 60 kilometers from the imperial city of Fez, in the midst of the Middle Atlas Mountains. The creation of AUI was largely funded by the King of Saudi Arabia from a large endowment intended for the cleanup of an oil spill off the coast of Morocco. However, the cleanup was never realized and the endowment was used to create the university. AUI was inaugurated officially by King Hassan II on 16 January 1995.


The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Significant research by faculty and students complements the University academic instruction. Students can choose to study in the following areas ensured by three main schools:

The School of Science and Engineering (SSE):

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Bachelor of science in computer science (BSCS)
  • Bachelor of science in Engineering and Management Science(BSEMS)
  • Bachelor of science in general engineering (BSGE)

Master's degree programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS):

Master's degree programs:

School of Business Administration (SBA): The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in :

Master's degree programs:

All courses are taught in English. However, it gives special attention to the teaching of Arabic at all levels and in all branches of education.

Approximately 10% of the students body is international with a goal to reach 25% over the next 5 years. Each semester there are 60-70 exchange and study abroad students. The Summer Arabic and North Afican Studies program attracts about 100 undergraduate and graduate level student largely from the USA although there is an increasing number of Europeans.


The architecture of the campus complements the distinctive building style of Ifrane, characteristic of mountain chalets with their high-pitched tile roofs and wooden beams. The steep roofs are designed to move the large quantities of wet heavy snow each winter. The fully networked and residential campus, of approximately 80 hectares of rolling wooded terrain,consists of large chalets grouped around pleasant squares.


AUI has many academic and institutional partnerships. Among the partners are: Bentley College, Beloit College, Binghamton University, Boston College, European Foundation for Management Development, Georgetown University, University of Washington, George Washington University, Idaho State University, Indiana State University, University of Joensuu, Osaka University, Kansai Gaidai University, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Pô), Shawnee State University, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas, University of Dayton, University of Montana, United Nations Development Programme, University of North Florida, University of Texas at Austin,Virginia Military Institute, West Virginia University, World Bank, among others.

AUI is also a founding member of the Consortium of Academic Stewards for The Scholar Ship.

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