Al Akhawayn University
|Established||January 16, 1995|
|Type||Tuition-based public university|
|Students||1833 of which 10 % are international students (as of fall 2012)|
|Colors||Green and White ‹See Tfm› ‹See Tfm›|
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; French: Université Al Akhawayn) is a university located in Ifrane, Morocco, 70 kilometers from the imperial city of Fez, 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. 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.
Al Akhawayn University is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational, Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English-language, liberal arts curriculum based on the American system. The university claims to enhance Morocco and to engage the world through leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, to uphold the highest academic and ethical standards, and to promote equity and social responsibility.
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. Still in its infancy, the university has already developed a national and international reputation for its unique identity and potential.
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.