Centennial Highlights

In 1919, a small group of visionaries founded The American University in Cairo. Today, 100 years later, we are looking back to celebrate a century of leadership as Egypt’s global University. We are marking this milestone with a yearlong celebration intended to foster connections among the AUC community, capitalize on AUC’s strength and distinctive reputation both locally and globally, and support historic fundraising efforts that will position AUC for continued success in its second century.

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Centennial Celebrations 2019 - 2020

AUC100: Be the Future

We’ve captured a few out of the 40,000 AUC alumni success stories around the world. To the next 100!


You decide what they'll call you in a hundred years. Our centennial closing video featuring some of AUC's faculty, alumni and students whose remarkable work is changing our world and shaping our future. #AUCNext100

Sneak Peek: AUC’s Centennial Celebration Week

Sneak Peek: AUC’s Centennial Celebration Week, February 15 - 19, 2020

Centennial Highlights

Centennial Reflections

cent/Steve Farley

My life was transformed by AUC and Cairo. My year at AUC made me who I am, and it was the most important year of my life. Mosr Umma Dunya!

Steve Farley, 1984
Former Arizona State Senator, Artist and Graphic Designer

Congratulations, AUC, on your centennial celebration. I'm elated to be one of the guests serving knowledge on AUC's 100-year anniversary.

Marie Royce
U.S. Assistant Secretary Of State For Educational and Cultural Affairs

Given the misunderstandings between the Arab world and the West, it’s also important to have people who know both worlds. People at AUC are well-equipped to bridge those divides.

Nicholas Kristof
(Alu ’84) Op-Ed Columnist, 1984 The New York Times; Best-Selling Author; Two-Time Pulitzer Prize Winner

Centennial Book and Coin

Centennial Book

Coming out in Fall 2019, the AUC centenary book, authored by Andrew Humphreys, celebrates AUC’s centennial with 100 short stories about the University. The stories will touch on a range of topics, such as history, students, faculty, staff, AUC’s contributions to Egyptian society, its global reach, the New Cairo campus and the future of the University.

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AUC centenary book

Centennial Coin

Acknowledging that 100 years of AUC is worth commemorating, the Egyptian government minted AUC’s centennial coin. The coin is a celebration of AUC’s 100 years of learning, growth and service in and outside of the University walls.

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