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American University in Cairo

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      • 113 Kasr El Aini Street, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
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      • 202.2794.2964
      • 202.2795.7565
    • Official Website: [1]
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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. He wanted to create an English-language university based on high standards of conduct and scholarship and to contribute to intellectual growth, discipline, and character of the future leaders of Egypt and the region. He also believed that such a university would greatly improve America's understanding of the area. Initially, AUC was intended to be both a preparatory school and a university. The preparatory school opened on October 5, 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 B.A.'s and one B.S. degrees awarded. Master's degrees were first offered in 1950.[1]

In 1960, AUC enrolled approximately 400 academic students. By 1969 the university had more than tripled its degree enrollments to over 1,300 students, 450 of whom were pursuing graduate studies. Since then academic program enrollments have grown to 3,890 students at the undergraduate level and 1,013 students at the master's degree level 9 (Fall 2006). Adult education expanded simultaneously and now serves approximately 30,000 individuals each year in non-credit courses and contracted training programs. In 1993, the academic programs offered through 13 departments were organized into three schools: Humanities and Social Sciences; Sciences and Engineering; and Business, Economics and Communication. In 2007, the university's Center for Adult and Continuing Education was renamed the School of Continuing Education and the Adham Center for TV Journalism was renamed the Center for Electronic Journalism.[1]

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    • Al-Jabri, Saad Jaber (July 2002 - Present)
    • Jones, Bronwen (January 1994 - Present)
    • Saher, Yasser (April 1997 - January 1999)
    • Tjy, Tj (February 2020 - February 2020)
    • Zeid, A (September 2001 - Present)
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