Association of Commonwealth Universities:

Established in 1913, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the oldest inter-university network in the world. Today’s ACU combines the expertise and reputation of over ninety years’ experience with new and innovative programmes designed to meet the needs of universities in the 21st century.

Higher education is more international than ever before: the market for students and staff is a global one; research funds are increasingly allocated on an international, collaborative basis; academic reputations are based on global connections. Innovation and good practice do not stop at national borders. Moreover, at a time when tertiary education has never been higher on the development agenda, our experience in fostering collaboration between developed and developing country universities has never been more relevant or more important.

Our five hundred members are spread across five continents and, as you might expect, they represent a diverse range of institutions; but there are also many similarities – not least of which are a common language, common values and similarities in their organisation and management. Commonwealth universities are therefore able, through the ACU, to network easily, extensively and fruitfully, sharing problems, solutions and good practice across a variety of higher education environments.

The ACU is a voluntary organisation, which is registered in England and Wales as a charity and is controlled by its member institutions through an elected Council. Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth, is the Association’s Patron.

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