Mission, Vision and Values

image of several old, damaged earthenware vases sitting on a ledge overlooking an area of dug out excavation
French mission settlement at Dakhla Oasis
Photo: Kenneth Garrett

Founded in 1948, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) is a private, nonprofit organization composed of educational and cultural institutions, professional scholars, and private individuals.

Through grants, fieldwork and field schools, ARCE’s partnership with Egyptians contributes to the shared goal of cultural heritage preservation. Over the years, ARCE’s strong relationship with the Ministry of Antiquities (MOA) (formerly the Supreme Council of Antiquities) has ensured the success of our work together.

Mission:

ARCE's mission is to support research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture; to protect, preserve and promote Egyptian cultural heritage; and to strengthen American-Egyptian cultural collaboration.

Vision:

ARCE plays a crucial role in preserving, understanding, and making accessible Egyptian cultural heritage in order to inform and enrich current and future generations.

Values: 

  • Academic Excellence and Integrity
    ARCE upholds standards of excellence in its endeavors and views integrity as an all-encompassing value that drives every aspect of its work. 
  • Transparency
    ARCE is committed to being transparent in operations and decision making.
  • Collaboration
    ARCE builds collaborative partnerships with the Egyptian government, researchers, organizations and other stakeholders.
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA)
    ARCE values engaging a wide community of individuals and organizations; actively promoting diversity and inclusion; and making its work accessible. 
  • Sustainability
    ARCE is committed to the principles of sustainability in its practices.
  • Innovation
    ARCE seeks creative and innovative ways to enhance its work, broaden its scope and deepen its impact.

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