Mission and History
For over a century, The American University in Cairo has stood as a premier English-language institution of higher education, driven by a commitment to excellence. Rooted in the Middle East and accredited in the United States, our liberal arts curriculum integrates learning experiences that foster intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking, problem-solving and a global outlook. We mold future leaders capable of making a meaningful impact in their communities and on the world.
Enriched by a diverse and vibrant campus community, our University thrives on the exchange of ideas and perspectives. This dynamic and inclusive learning environment prepares students academically and interculturally for the challenges of an interconnected and rapidly evolving world. Students have the opportunity to pursue a range of academic programs on our expansive, architecturally inspiring New Cairo campus, which houses five schools, 12 cross-disciplinary research centers, state-of-the-art labs and classrooms and Egypt’s largest English-language library collection, and immerse themselves in the cultural and political hub of the Arab world on our iconic Tahrir Square campus in the heart of downtown Cairo. Mentored by leading faculty at the forefront of their fields with countless cocurricular experiences, international exchange opportunities and internships, our career-ready students are prepared for the future. Once they graduate, they join an international network of more than 46,000 alumni in leadership positions in every facet of human endeavor — from entrepreneurship and business, development and diplomacy to technology and industry. This is AUC. We’re a community driven by excellence. Every day.