The essential mission of all universities is to foster learning and, on the eve of its second century, the American University in Cairo is rededicating itself to this fundamental purpose. Just as our spectacular campus in New Cairo was intentionally designed as “a city for learning,” so too our aspirations for the University as a whole should intentionally reflect a constantly renewed commitment to facilitating learning in all dimensions of the University’s operation: for its students through its degree programs; for its faculty through its research; and for its community and world through its local civic engagement and global outreach. AUC is a community of learning. In many ways, the American University in Cairo is blessed with exceptional resources with which to pursue this purpose. It is located in one of the most important cities in the world — and in the 21st century, locations which afford access to urban and global resources are increasingly important. It has a distinguished history of nearly a century of service to Egypt, the region and the world. It enjoys a loyal, appreciative and influential alumni community, a strong and rising global reputation, a robust applicant pool that includes many of the most talented young people in Egypt and a diverse, skilled and dedicated faculty. This strategic plan is designed to capitalize on those strengths as AUC approaches its centennial in 2019 to ensure that it sustains and enhances its quality and distinction in the fast-changing world of the 21st century. Read More about AUC’s Strategic Plan
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AUC is a premier English-language institution of higher learning. The University is committed to teaching and research of the highest caliber, and offers exceptional liberal arts and professional education in a cross-cultural environment. AUC builds a culture of leadership, lifelong learning, continuing education and service among its graduates, and is dedicated to making significant contributions to Egypt and the international community in diverse fields. Chartered and accredited in the United States and Egypt, The American University in Cairo is an independent, not-for-profit, equal-opportunity institution. AUC upholds the principles of academic freedom and is dedicated to excellence.
We continually strive to be among the best in all we do: in teaching, research, creative expression, service to our communities and service to each other in our daily interactions.
We seek to treat all individuals with dignity and fairness, and to promote understanding and respect for diversity of perspectives, traditions and experiences.
We are committed to exploring the challenges that confront Egypt, the region and the world, and to using our intellectual and creative capabilities to address these challenges, serve our communities, and have a positive and sustainable impact on development, business, the environment and society.
We believe that individuals are accountable for their actions, and, as members of a community, our individual actions have an impact on others. We are stronger as a community when we reflect on the consequences of our decisions and actions. The University upholds the principles of academic integrity, including fairness, accountability and honesty.
We believe that the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and personal and professional development should continue throughout one’s lifetime.
Our vision is to be a world‐class University internationally recognized for its leadership and excellence in teaching, research, creative expression and service. We build on our existing strengths to become the leading University in the Middle East and the destination of choice for students and faculty members from around the world seeking in‐depth cultural exposure, combined with outstanding academic programs, cutting‐edge research, as well as an ethically engaged, diverse community of scholars.
Education for Citizenship and Service
We believe that a sound education not only prepares students for professional success but also for responsible citizenship and community engagement. The liberal arts tradition, with its emphasis on the broad education of a common core curriculum and the experiential learning of rich extracurricular programs, strengthens the curiosity and courage of AUC graduates and promotes civic participation.
Research Reflecting Innovation and Impact
AUC is a source of insight and inspiration in many fields, and we expect our faculty and students to participate in scientific, scholarly or artistic production. We particularly emphasize those domains in which there is the prospect of a tangible effect on the development of disciplinary knowledge or the enhancement of societal welfare.
Outreach Enhancing Engagement and Access
We are dedicated to serving communities in Egypt and around the world through extension and outreach programs that bring University expertise and insight to a wider public, that profit from our convening power, and that serve to inform and enlighten public discourse, enhance access to information and knowledge, and enrich artistic and intellectual life.
Management with Sustainability and Integrity
We are committed to managing the operations of the University so as to reflect and foster the values we teach our students, expect in our faculty and wish to exemplify in Egypt. Our institutional practices should exhibit a commitment to environmental, social and fiscal responsibility, and we should observe the highest standards of integrity in the workplace and in our dealings with vendors, clients and other constituents.