The American University in Cairo: Ranking and Pictures

AUC LogoCongratulations to the American University in Cairo for their placement in this year’s QS World University Rankings. Measuring only the top 700 universities in the world, AUC came in at number 345. This is tops in Egypt, with the only other measured institution being the acclaimed Cairo University in the 500-550 range.

It is also the fourth highest ranked African university, behind three from South Africa. MIT, Harvard, and the UK’s Cambridge occupy the top spots worldwide.

But according to the AUC press release, the school scored higher than several prestigious US institutions:

In the 2015 – 2016 QS World University Rankings, AUC ranks ahead of several U.S. universities that are also private, mid-size, four-year liberal arts institutions delivering a curriculum comparable to AUC, including Brandeis University, Wake Forest University, Lehigh University, College of William & Mary and Southern Methodist University.

A while ago I visited the new AUC campus, which is quite a distance from its historic Tahrir Square location, where it still maintains administrative offices, operates a bookstore, and hosts educational and cultural events. Tahrir is easily accessible by metro, whereas students must now commute over an hour to get to class. But a high-quality bus runs on set schedule, mirroring the high-quality campus, all funded by high tuition far outpacing any fees charged by Egyptian private universities.

(Click here for a recent post on fees charged by private high schools operating in Egypt.)

Please enjoy the pictures below:

Upon arriving by bus at the university gates

Upon arriving by bus at the university gates

Showing the extent of campus grounds

Showing the extent of campus grounds

A view from the grounds

A view from the grounds

Though some female students wear hijab, a great number did not, far more than the normal percentage in Egypt

Though some female students wear hijab, a great number did not, far more than the normal percentage in Egypt

The university provides plenty of open space to sit, relax, and mix -- also somewhat unusual between genders in Egypt

The university provides plenty of open space to sit, relax, and mix — also somewhat unusual between genders in Egypt

There is also a sizable foreign population at AUC

There is also a sizable foreign population at AUC

Besides modern buildings, AUC has also created a modern oasis

Besides modern buildings, AUC has also created a modern oasis

But here the grass is much more patchy -- imagine the water necessary to create green open space on the outskirts of a desert

But here the grass is much more patchy — imagine the water necessary to create green open space on the outskirts of a desert

A typical and well equipped classroom

A typical and well equipped classroom

But before classes begin, students linger in the main square signing up for different student groups

But before classes begin, students linger in the main square signing up for different student groups

Afterwards, they will visit this very familiar university site

Afterwards, they will visit this very familiar university site

Finally, no campus is complete with insignia available to purchase and wear

Finally, no campus is complete without insignia available to purchase and wear

Again, congratulations to AUC on their ranking. Click here for the university website and explore on your own. Perhaps some might even come and enroll. Welcome.

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