School of Business

The School of Business of The American University in Cairo is recognized as the top private Business School in Egypt and one of the top in the Arab and Africa regions ranked second in 2009 and 2010 by Eduniversal. The MBA program was ranked second in Africa and the Middle East by Top MBA in 2011. The school attracts the best students, faculty and staff and regularly opts for continuous improvement and integrating its programs and services within a global context while catering for local culture and needs. The business programs were accredited by AACSB International in 2006 and one of only 596 (5%) business schools from around the world that are AASCB International accredited out of 12,600 business schools.

AUC School of Business has identified three pillars; entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership in the ways business programs are developed, improved and delivered and in the ways students are exposed to a learning experience that extends both in class and outside the classroom including business plan competitions, internships, case studies writing and student projects and activities. The school is gradually becoming a research-intensive institution where faculty enhances learning through research findings and prepares students to compete in a knowledge-based global community. Read More


An American liberal arts university in the heart of the Middle East

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and community service in the Middle East. Today, AUC is the region’s premier English-language University — an essential contributor to the social, political and cultural life of the Arab world. It also serves as a crossroads for the world’s cultures: a vital, vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.

AUC is an independent, nonprofit, apolitical, non-sectarian and equal-opportunity institution, fully accredited in Egypt and the United States. AUC’s academic program is rooted in liberal education. The University’s rigorous Core Curriculum offers an intensive investigation of fundamental questions in every major discipline.

In our increasingly globalized society, AUC offers a vital bridge between the cultures of East and West, linking Egypt and the region to the United States and the rest of the world through scholarly research, study-abroad programs and partnerships with academic and research institutions. AUC builds 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, AUC upholds the principles of academic freedom and is dedicated to excellence.

Through its high quality liberal arts education, AUC provides the room for AUC students to think critically, engage with the world’s religious, political and cultural disciplines and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing both the region and the world. AUC faculty and students share a common vision to improve Egypt, the Middle East and the contemporary world through its community-based learning courses, community-service clubs and research centers. A window onto Egypt and the world at large, it acts as a regional think tank for leading intellectuals, scholars, researchers and expert cadres to come together, debating public policy issues; engaging in outreach programs; providing a platform for the propagation of ideas to help solve contemporary social, political and economic problems; and conducting interdisciplinary research that has far-reaching implications in a variety of fields including science, technology, desert development, gender studies, American studies, and economic and business history.

Our nearly 5,000 undergraduates come from every corner of Egypt and from 113 countries around the world. As they graduate, they join a worldwide network of more than 30,000 AUC alumni, who are leaders in finance and commerce, law and engineering, politics and culture, community service and computer science.

The University boasts the largest English-language library in Egypt, and AUC Press is the leading publisher of English-language books in the Arab world. The university’s 260-acre New Cairo Campus represents a major investment in the future of the city, the country, and the region — a state-of-the-art facility for advanced research, innovative teaching and civic engagement.

Virtual Campus Tour

To view a brief film about the university’s 90-year legacy on AUC’s YouTube channel, click here


AUC boasts the largest English-language research collection in Egypt. The university’s main library — designed with open stacks and a fully automated catalog system — features more than 400,000 volumes, including thousands of e-books, more than 1,700 current periodical subscriptions and more than 80 databases providing access to an additional 6,000 periodicals. Library services include research instruction and assistance, and document delivery of resources obtained from other libraries.

The library also houses the university’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library, a major center for scholarly research, that holds more than 30,000 books, manuscripts, photographs, slides and maps. The library specializes in the civilizations of ancient, medieval and modern Egypt and the region. Its special collections include the Creswell Library of Islamic Art and Architecture; the collections of Max Debbane, Selim Hassan, Labib Habachi and Mahmoud Saba; and, most recently, the collections of Egyptian architects Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef, and renowned photographer Van Leo.

The City of Cairo

Cairo is the largest city in the Arab world and Africa. It has long served as the cultural, political and social capital of the Middle East. Home to one of the oldest and richest civilizations in the world, Cairo is unique with its ancient monuments and historical landmarks that date back thousands of years, from the Great Pyramids to Al Azhar University and the Hanging Church.

To take full advantage of the city, AUC is developing its academic programs to use Cairo as a field site across the curriculum. Drawing heavily on Cairo as an extension of the classroom helps students understand the multifaceted reality of the city.  More Info