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 U.S. 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.
GLOBAL INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION
- Middle States Commission On Higher Education (MSCHE)
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a voluntary, nongovernmental 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.
LOCAL INSTITUTIONAL ACCREDITATION
- National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE)
On April 28, 2011, AUC became the first university in Egypt to be accredited at the institutional level by the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education (NAQAAE), a government body formed in 2007 with the purpose of establishing quality standards for Egypt's educational institutions. AUC's School of Sciences and Engineering also received NAQAAE accreditation at the school level.
- Specialized Accreditation of Science and Engineering Programs
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 programs in construction engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electronics engineering, and mechanical engineering in the School of Sciences and Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21201-4012; tel 410.347.7700). In addition, AUC's chemistry program received accreditation from the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC).
AUC's Architectural Engineering bachelor's program received accreditation from UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education in March 2014. It is the label of excellence in 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. The bachelor's in architectural engineering at AUC was also granted equivalency by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Universities in January 2012. Accordingly, graduates of the program are entitled to immediate professional licensure upon graduation by the Egyptian Syndicate of Engineers, the sole authority for licensing the practice of architecture in Egypt.
- Specialized Accreditation of the School of Business
AUC’s School of Business is one of approximately 70 business schools worldwide — out of nearly 14,000 — as well as the first in the Middle East and third in Africa, to achieve triple-crown accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
The school is the first in Egypt and North Africa to be awarded accreditation from AACSB International, making it one of only 5 percent of all business schools in the world to receive such accreditation. The AACSB accreditation is considered the highest standard of achievement for business schools. There are about 45,000 business schools worldwide, and only 540 schools outside of the United States are accredited by AACSB. AUC's undergraduate programs in accounting, business administration, economics and management of information and communication technology have received this accreditation. The Department of Management have received the AACSB accreditation as well as NAQAAE Accreditation. In addition, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science in Finance (MSF) have received this accreditation.
AUC’s School of Business also received accreditation for its MBA and Executive MBA programs by the London-based AMBA. Only 2 percent of MBA programs worldwide are AMBA-accredited.
In addition, AUC's School of Business has received its accreditation from EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). EQUIS is an accreditation system for management and business schools, administered by the European Foundation for Management Development. A high level of academic quality, professional relevance, innovation and internationalization is required to achieve EQUIS accreditation. EQUIS accredits programs that focus on the development of managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
Triple Crown Accreditation of the MPA and MPP Programs - School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
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 program’s “Triple Crown”, first of its kind globally in the field of public service education.
- Other Accreditations
Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)
International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
Institutional, School and Departmental Accreditation at AUC
- MSCHE Self-Study Design Report, 2018
- MSCHE List of AUC Constituents Interviewed
- MSCHE Visiting Team Member Biographies