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Al Akhawayn University

Al Akhawayn University
جامعة الأخوين
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Established January 16, 1995
Type Tuition-based public university
Chancellor Abdellatif Jouahri
President Driss Ouaouicha
Students 1833 of which 10 % are international students (as of fall 2012)

Ifrane, Morocco
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Al Akhawayn University (Arabic: جامعة الأخوين‎, meaning The Two Brothers' University referring to the King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, and King Hassan II of Morocco) is a university located in Ifrane, Morocco, 70 kilometers from the imperial city of Fes, in the midst of the Middle Atlas Mountains.

The creation of Al Akhawayn University 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.[2] However, the cleanup was never realized as the wind blew the oil spill away and the endowment was used to create the university. Al Akhawayn University was founded by Royal Decree (Dahir) in 1993 and officially inaugurated by the former King Hassan II of Morocco), on January 16, 1995.


The university is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational university for the education of students through an English-language, liberal-arts curriculum based on the American system.


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Al Akhawayn Campus in spring

Founded in 1993 by Royal Dahir (decree), Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane opened its doors to students in January 1995. Based on the principles of diversity and an international outlook, the university's mission is driven by values of human solidarity and tolerance. Al Akhawayn has modeled its administrative, pedagogical, and academic organization on the American university system, and English is the language of instruction.[3]


With approximately 1,800 full-time students living and studying together on a residential campus in the Middle Atlas town of Ifrane, Al Akhawayn offers undergraduate program options in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering, and Business Administration – all connected by a University Common Core of courses based on the American liberal arts model.

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  1. ^ "AUI". Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
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  3. ^ "History". Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. 2013. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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