AUC operates within the framework of a 1975 protocol with the Egyptian government, which in turn is based on a 1962 cultural relations agreement between the Egyptian and US governments. In the United States of America, AUC is licensed to grant degrees and is incorporated by the state of Delaware. AUC is governed by a board of trustees and is administered by a chief executive officer appointed by this board.
Accreditation is a mark of excellence indicating endorsement by peer reviewers. It is of the utmost importance to universities, especially in a global context where prospective students, faculty members, and employers view it as a measure of academic excellence and institutional quality. The adherent self-study process, which involves participants from every unit of the institution and focuses on all activities and services, is an opportunity to examine where the University and its programs stand in terms of achieving institutional goals and standards, to focus efforts on areas that need enhancement and changes, and to define new challenges in academic endeavors and organizational matters.
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, non-governmental membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions. Institutional accreditation is granted by MSCHE for a period of 10 years, with a midway periodic review.
In January 2020, AUC was reaffirmed for its national accreditation with the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE). NAQAAE is a government body formed in 2007 with the purpose of establishing quality standards for Egypt's educational institutions in order to enhance the quality of education in Egypt. AUC was the first University in Egypt to receive the NAQAAE accreditation at the institutional level in December 2010.
ABET-accredited programs are recognized worldwide. Graduates of ABET-accredited engineering programs are eligible to register as professional engineers in many countries around the world, including the United States, Canada, and Australia, after passing the required examinations. The undergraduate computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate actuarial science and biology programs are accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. The undergraduate programs in construction engineering, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and mechanical engineering in the School of Sciences and Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
AUC's architectural engineering bachelor program received accreditation from UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education in March 2014. It is the label of excellence in the architectural education of the UIA, the world's largest international organization, which brings together professional organizations of architects in 124 countries and territories all over the world. Graduates of UNESCO-UIA validated architectural programs are eligible to apply for registration as professional architects in many countries around the world, after passing the required licensing requirements. All undergraduate programs in the School of Sciences and Engineering are granted equivalency by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities.
AUC's chemistry program received accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).
Boasting an unrivaled reputation as the top private business school in Egypt and one of the best in Africa and the Arab world. The School’s foremost accomplishment is a seal of excellence achieved through the Triple Crown accreditation – placing the School among the top 1 percent of educational institutions worldwide to achieve the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the Association of MBAs (AMBA) and the European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS) accreditations.
Furthermore, Eduniversal currently ranks the School as the number-one business knowledge hub in the Middle East and Africa – with the School has been further granted five out of five Palmes of Excellence, which places it among the top 100 business schools worldwide, every year since 2012. The School is also the only Financial Times Ranked School in the Arab Region ranking 67th Business school worldwide in open-enrollment executive education programs (2020).
The programs of Master of Public Administration and Master of Public Policy at The American University in Cairo have been granted full accreditation for a period of six years by the International Commission on Accreditation of Public Administration Education and Training (ICAPA). ICAPA standards are developed by a joint United Nations/International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) task force which was initiated by the United Nations.
In addition, the two graduate programs are the first in the Middle East and the third outside the United States to receive accreditation from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). AUC is also the first institution outside of the United States with two accredited programs from NASPAA.
Moreover, The European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) has granted both programs full accreditation for seven years. EAPAA is the only quality assurance authority in public administration which is active throughout Europe. The MPA and MPP programs were the first two programs outside the Council of Europe to receive accreditation from EAPAA.
This completes the two programs' “Triple Crown”, first of its kind globally in the field of public service education.