American University in Cairo

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The American University in Cairo ( AUC ) is an independent, non-profit, apolitical higher education institution in Cairo. The aim of the University is to contribute to the intellectual growth, discipline and character of future leaders in Egypt and the region. The university offers according to US-style education in the liberal arts at all levels and an extensive continuing education program.


Accredited AUC is at the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the United States ( MSCHE / Middle States). The engineering degree programs are accredited by the AUC of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology ( ABET ) and the economics courses at the Association to Advance College Schools of Business ( AACSB ). In Egypt, AUC operates within the framework of the 1975 agreed with the Egyptian government protocol; this in turn is based on the Agreement on Cultural Relations, the 1962 agreement between the U.S. and the Egyptian government. In the United States, the AUC may issue a diploma.

The QS Global 200 Business Schools Report, the Business School of the AUC was awarded the first place in the Africa and Middle East.

Known graduates

  • Rania of Jordan, Queen
  • Suzanne Mubarak, wife of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak
  • Gamal Mubarak, the younger son of former President
  • Alaa Mubarak, elder son of former President
  • Tarek Amer, deputy. Head of the Egyptian Central Bank
  • Khaled Bichara, CEO of Orascom Telecom and founder of LINKdotNET
  • Wael Amin, co-founder and CEO of ITWorx
  • Omar Samra, the first Egyptian on Mount Everest
  • Dan Stoenescu, Romanian diplomat
  • Haifa Al- Mansour, filmmaker
  • Hisham Abbas, singer
  • Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, former President of the Maldives
  • Yuriko Koike, former Japanese Minister of Defence
  • Melanie Craft, wife of Larry Ellison
  • Juan Cole, a historian
  • Thomas Friedman, Journalist
  • Nicholas Kristoff, Journalist
  • Mona El- Shazly, Egyptian Moderator

Well-known professors

  • Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Nabil Fahmy, former Egyptian ambassador in the United States
  • Salima Ikram, an Egyptologist
  • Kent Weeks, an Egyptologist
  • Galal Amin, an economist
  • Suleiman Abdallah Schleifer, journalist

Important guest speakers

  • On 20 June 2005, Condoleezza Rice spoke at the American University in Cairo