The Modern Academy In Maadi (MAM), Egypt, was founded in 1993 by a group of professional educationalists, Initially, The Modern Academy is located in Maadi, a southern suburb of Cairo known by its greenery and quietness. MAM currently occupies permanent buildings on road # 304, New Maadi. The 3500 + square meters luxurious buildings are easily reached by public transportation only 30 minutes from Cairo International Airport and down town Cairo.
The centrally air-conditioned main building houses 8 lecture halls (each allocated to 150 students), 26 classrooms (each allocated to 40 students), 6 computer laboratories (each contains 40 PCs), library, administration offices, a cafeteria, and a clinic. All lecture rooms and classrooms are fully equipped with all required teaching facilities and sound system. Another two buildings were established afterwards, expanding the capacity for both Students and Majors.
MAM started with the Computer Science specialization according to the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education decree no. 1570 in the year 1993. MAM, through the continuous efforts of its founding president Prof. Dr. Nabil S. Debeas, was able to add the Business Management, Accounting, and Economics specializations according to the Ministry of Higher Education decree no.18 in the year 1996.
In the year 2001,The Managerial Information Systems program was added according to the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education decree no. 239. Currently, four departments are organizing MAM’s academic programs: the Computer Science Department, the Business Administration Department (Management, Economics, Accounting), the Managerial Information Systems Department , and the Basic Science Department
In 1995, MAM enrolled approximately 500 undergraduate students in all specializations. By 1999, the Academy had 3400+ students in its degree enrollment. This number increased to reach 6100+ by the academic year 2000/2001. Thanks to the offering of the Managerial Information Systems program, the number of enrollment in the year 2001/2002 reached 7000+.That substantial increase in student enrollment reflects the amount of confidence in the Academy and its material growth.
The Modern Academy operates as a private institution of Higher learning directly under the supervision and assessment of the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. In 1993 and 1996 MAM was licensed to confer degrees by the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education. MAM academic programs are being annually evaluated according to the quality assurance standers set by the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education.
In 1998 the Egyptian Supreme Council for Universities recognized the Academy’s degrees to be equivalent to those awarded by Egyptian state universities; hence, came the approval of Specialized Syndicates to register the Academy’s graduates as official members in their professional organizations. According to the Ministry of Higher Education evaluations, MAM ranked first among equivalent private institutions of Higher learning in the country.
In the Fall of 1996 an academic agreement of partnership has been signed between the Modern Academy in Maadi and the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. in the U.S. The UDC/MAM Program aims at encouraging and developing academic programs that will enhance the material, physical, and intellectual growth of students, faculty, and staff of both institutions.
With the renewal of the agreement in July 2001, the partnership witnessed an extension to the undergraduate program to cover the Accounting and Finance options in Business, Computer Engineering and Information Technology and Electronic Engineering and Communication Technology; in addition to launching the graduate studies in Business Administration (MBA).
The program follows an American type education applying the credit hour system as the requirement for graduation. Students enrolling in the Modern Academy have the option to join the UDC/MAM program and receive an American Degree, in addition to the Egyptian one, after studying a number of complementary courses required for the UDC Bachelor degree.
Courses taught in the UDC/MAM Program are the same as those taught at the UDC in Washington, D.C. Academic staff teaching in the UDC/MAM Program do so use the English Language and regular University of the District of Columbia syllabi, textbooks and other educational materials.
Students in the UDC/MAM Program are subject to the same standards of performance as other University of the District of Columbia students. At present, enrollment in UDC/MAM joint program is approximately 70 students in both Business Management and Computer Science majors.