Association of Commonwealth Universities

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Association of Commonwealth Universities
Acu logo small.png
Logo of the ACU
Abbreviation ACU
Formation 1913; 103 years ago (1913)
Type Charitable organisation
Location
Secretary General
Professor John Wood[1]
Parent organisation
Commonwealth of Nations
Website www.acu.ac.uk

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) represents 535 universities from 37 Commonwealth countries.[2] It is the world's first and oldest international university network, established in 1913.

A UK-registered charity, the ACU has over 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events. 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.[3]

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is governed by its member institutions through an elected Council. As the ACU is a UK-registered charity, Council members also act as its Trustees. The ACU Council comprises up to 23 members: 20 elected Council members, up to two co-opted Council members and, if the Honorary Treasurer is co-opted rather than elected, the Honorary Treasurer.

History[edit]

In 1912, the University of London took the initiative to assemble 53 representatives of universities in London to hold a Congress of Universities of the Empire. They decided they needed a "bureau of information." Its affairs would be handled by a committee representing universities at home and abroad. In 1913 the office opened as the Universities Bureau of the British Empire. They incorporated under licence of the Board of Trade in 1919 and received a grant of £5000 to operate an office premises, with the understanding that the universities of the Empire would fund its maintenance. In 1948 the name was changed to Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth, and in 1963 it changed to its current name.

Dr Anastasios Christodoulou was the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 1980 to 1996.

In 1986, Queen Elizabeth II became patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Membership[edit]

Currently 37 countries from the Commonwealth are represented in the Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ACU Senior Management Archived 29 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) | UNESCO NGO - db. Ngo-db.unesco.org. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  3. ^ "About us". acu.ac.uk. 

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