Founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East, the American University in Cairo (AUC) is a leading English-language, American-accredited institution of higher education and center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its community of students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, alumni and other generous sponsors represent more than 60 countries. The university stands as a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across the diversity of languages, facilities and human experiences.
AUC currently has 25 departments and institutes offering 36 undergraduate, 44 master’s and two PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourages students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. It also offers a globally recognized professional community-based education in English to meet the needs of the dynamic Egyptian and broader regional economies.
The university’s educational assets include the largest English-language academic library collection in Egypt, three modern theaters and 15 cross-disciplinary research centers including the AUC Forum, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies, and Research Institute for a Sustainable Environment.
AUC currently manages a portfolio of around 200 sponsored programs/projects for a total value of $100M. Externally funded by federal, state, or public/international/private organizations or agencies such as the European Union, the Ford Foundation or the World Bank, these programs and projects contribute to the university functions, public service, research, academic support, instruction, institutional support, fellowships, scholarships and awards.
Over the years, AUC has hosted lectures that featured distinguished speakers from around the world, including Kofi Anan, Noam Chomsky, Mary Robinson, Jimmy Carter, Joseph Stiglitz and more recently Thomas Piketty.