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.
AUC holds institutional as well as specialized accreditation for departments and programs from:
- MIDDLE STATES COMMISSION ON HIGHER EDUCATION
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.
- National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation of Education
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, electronics and communications 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).
- 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, and management of information and communication technology, as well as the graduate program in business administration, have received this accreditation.
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.
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.
- Other Accreditations
Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Accreditation Standards
MSCHE Periodic Review Report, 2013
MSCHE Progress Report, 2012
MSCHE Monitoring Report, 2010
MSCHE Self-Study for Reaccreditation, 2008