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American University in Cairo

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The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. For its first 27 years, the university was shaped by its founding president, Dr. Charles A. Watson, who wished to create an English-language university based on high standards of contributing to the intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. Initially, AUC was intended to be both a preparatory school and a university. The preparatory school opened in October 1920 with 142 students in two classes that were equivalent to the last two years of an American high school. The first diplomas issued were junior college-level certificates given to 20 students in 1923. At first an institution only for males, the university enrolled its first female student in 1928, the same year in which the first university class graduated with two BA's and one BSc degrees awarded. Master's degrees were first offered in 1950. Originally, AUC offered instruction in the arts and sciences, as well as education. In 1921, the School of Oriental Studies was added to the university, followed in 1924 by the Division of Extension. This division was renamed the Division of Public Service, and later the Center for Adult and Continuing Education. AUC's high school division, known as the Lincoln School, was discontinued in 1951. In 1956, the School of Oriental Studies was incorporated into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as the Center for Arabic Studies. The English Language Institute was added the same year. After the Faculty of Education was discontinued in 1961 and degree offerings were dropped from the Division of Public Service, university degree work was consolidated into a single academic structure; the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Programs in sociology, anthropology, political science and economics were added to the curriculum and the natural science offerings were significantly expanded.

Country Egypt
School name American University in Cairo
City New Cairo
Degree Bachelor, Master, PhD
Continuing Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
Global Affairs and Public Policy
Graduate School of Education
Sciences and Engineering
Humanities and Social Science
Global Affairs and Public Policy
Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Education
Coed/Woman Coeducation
Establishment Private
Language used in the class English
Religious background N/A
Year of foundation 1919
The number of students (Undergraduate) 5,295
The number of students (Graduate) 1,267
Test required for admission Documents and English proficiency document
% applicants admitted N/A
The number of foreign students N/A
ARWU Rank (2013 ranking) N/A
QS Rank (2013 rankings) 348
THE Rank (2013 rankings) N/A
Address AUC Avenue, P.O. Box 74 New Cairo 11835, Egypt
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