The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Woburn House, 20-24 Tavistock Square
WC1H 9HF London, United Kingdom


The Association of Commonwealth Universities is the world's first and oldest international university network, established in 1913. This UK-registered charity has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth.

The ACU administers scholarships, provides academic research and leadership on issues in the sector, and promotes inter-university cooperation and the sharing of good practice – helping universities serve their communities, now and into the future.


  • promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
  • strengthen the quality of education and research that enables our member institutions to realise their potential, through building long-term international collaborations within the higher education sector.
  • draw on the collective experience and expertise of our membership to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events.

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International Green Gown Awards 2024: Apply now!

We are thrilled to announce that the International Green Gown Awards 2024 Awards are open. Join us in celebrating sustainability for the 10th anniversary of the IGGAs. With 8 categories to choose from, reward your sustainability journey and apply today! Don't miss the deadline on April 29, 2024.

IAU, ACU & AUF sign a Memorandum of Understanding - 2020

During the UN High-level Political Forum (HLPF) 2020, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), and the International Association of Universities (IAU) have formalised their collaboration through a memorandum of understanding (MoU). Together, the three associations represent more than 2,000 higher education institutions across more than 140 countries – providing a strong base to advocate for higher education on a wide international scale.

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