New Cairo Campus Background
Designed to accommodate 5,500 full-time students and 1,500 faculty and staff, AUC’s $400 million, 260-acre campus is technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive. Offering state-of-the-art resources to students and faculty from around the world, the campus weaves Egyptian urban and architectural traditions into a modern campus and is designed to be accessible to persons with disabilities. It is equipped with modern classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and other essential facilities to support current and future teaching methods, curricula and educational technologies. At the heart of the campus, the library houses the largest English-language collection in the region. Renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta designed the Campus Center and the student-housing complex, which he likened to a small village.
The main objectives in building the campus were to:
- Eliminate overcrowding and institutional fragmentation inherent in AUC Tahrir Square, which divide the academic enterprise into multiple locations
- Provide modern classrooms, laboratories, lecture halls and other essential facilities to support current and future teaching methods, curricula and educational technologies
- Improve campus life for students, faculty and staff by creating a campus designed to foster interaction and create community
- Enhance AUC's contributions to Egypt and the region