The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 by Americans devoted to education and service in the Middle East. The university is incorporated in the United States of America, in the State of Delaware. It is accredited in the U.S. by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Organisation. In Egypt the university operates as a private cultural institute within the framework of the 1962 Egyptian-American Cultural Cooperation Agreement, in accordance with an implementing protocol with the government of Egypt.
This protocol, promulgated as a presidential decree and ratified by the Egyptian People's Assembly in 1975, recognizes the university's degrees as equivalent to those awarded by Egyptian national universities.
The AUC is an independent, non-confessional and non-lucrative institution, committed to liberal education and gender equity and to fostering understanding across world regions, cultures and religions.
In 2010, 5‘984 students were enrolled at the AUC, of which 90% of Egyptian nationality.