Association of Commonwealth Universities

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Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Logo of the ACU
Abbreviation ACU
Formation 1913; 103 years ago (1913)
Type Charitable organisation
Secretary General
Professor John Wood[1]
Parent organisation
Commonwealth of Nations

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.


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.


Antigua and Barbuda

  1. American University of Antigua


  1. Australian College of Physical Education
  2. Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
  3. Bond University
  4. Charles Darwin University
  5. Charles Sturt University
  6. Curtin University
  7. Deakin University
  8. Edith Cowan University
  9. Federation University Australia
  10. Griffith University
  11. Murdoch University
  12. Queensland University of Technology
  13. Raffles College of Design and Commerce
  14. The University of Adelaide
  15. The University of Newcastle
  16. University of Canberra
  17. University of Melbourne
  18. University of South Australia
  19. University of Southern Queensland
  20. University of the Sunshine Coast
  21. University of Sydney
  22. University of Tasmania
  23. University of Wollongong
  24. University of New South Wales
  25. Victoria University
  26. Western Sydney University


  1. Asian University for Women
  2. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University
  3. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University
  4. Bangladesh Agricultural University
  5. Bangladesh Open University
  6. Bangladesh University of Business and Technology
  7. Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  8. Daffodil International University
  9. International Islamic University Chittagong
  10. International University of Business Agriculture and Technology
  11. Islamic University
  12. Jahangirnagar University
  13. Khulna University
  14. Metropolitan University
  15. National University
  16. Shahjalal University of Science and Technology
  17. University of Asia Pacific
  18. University of Chittagong
  19. University of Dhaka
  20. University of Rajshahi
  21. World University of Bangladesh


  1. University of Botswana


  1. Universiti Brunei Darussalam


  1. The University of Bamenda
  2. The University of Buea
  3. The University of Dschang
  4. The University of Maroua
  5. The University of Yaounde I


  1. Athabasca University
  2. Concordia University of Edmonton
  3. Dalhousie University
  4. MacEwan University
  5. McGill University
  6. McMaster University
  7. Memorial University of Newfoundland
  8. Queen's University
  9. Ryerson University
  10. Saint Mary's University
  11. University of Alberta
  12. University of British Columbia
  13. University of Calgary
  14. University of Guelph
  15. University of Lethbridge
  16. University of Manitoba
  17. University of New Brunswick
  18. University of Ontario Institute of Technology
  19. University of Ottawa
  20. University of Regina
  21. University of Saskatchewan
  22. University of Toronto
  23. University of Waterloo
  24. Vancouver Island University
  25. Western University
  26. Wilfrid Laurier University
  27. York University


  1. Cyprus Institute of Marketing
  2. The Philips College
  3. University of Cyprus


  1. The University of the South Pacific


  1. Central University College
  2. Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
  4. University for Development Studies
  5. University of Cape Coast
  6. University of Education Winneba
  7. University of Ghana
  8. University of Mines and Technology
  9. University of Professional Studies
  10. Valley View University


  1. Texila American University
  2. University of Guyana

Hong Kong

  1. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  2. The Open University of Hong Kong
  3. The University of Hong Kong


  1. Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)
  2. Acharya Nagarjuna University
  3. Alagappa University
  4. Aligarh Muslim University
  5. Amity University Rajasthan
  6. Amity University Uttar Pradesh
  7. Andhra University
  8. Annamalai University
  9. Apeejay Stya University
  10. Avinashilingam University for Women
  11. Awadhesh Pratap Singh University
  12. B.P.S. Mahila Vishwavidyalaya
  13. B.S. Abdur Rahman University of Science & Technology
  14. Baba Farid University of Health Sciences
  15. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University
  16. Banaras Hindu University
  17. Banasthali University
  18. Bangalore University
  19. Berhampur University
  20. Bharathiar University
  21. Bharathidasan University
  22. Birla Institute of Technology
  23. Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  24. Bundelkhand University
  25. Central Agricultural University
  26. Central University of Tibetan Studies
  27. Charotar University of Science and Technology (CHARUSAT)
  28. Cochin University of Science and Technology
  29. Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology
  30. Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Indore
  31. Dharmsinh Desai University
  32. Dibrugarh University
  33. Doctor B. R. Ambedkar Open University
  34. Doctor D. Y. Patil University
  35. Doctor Harisingh Gour University Sagar
  36. Doctor N. T. R. University of Health Sciences
  37. Don Bosco University
  38. Dr K N Modi University
  39. Dravidian University
  40. English and Foreign Languages University
  41. Fakir Mohan University
  42. Gandhigram Rural University
  43. Ganpat University
  44. Gauhati University
  45. Gujarat University
  46. Gulbarga University
  47. Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya
  48. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
  49. Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology
  50. Guru Nanak Dev University
  51. Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya
  52. Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University
  53. Himachal Pradesh University
  54. Hindustan Institute of Technology & Science
  55. ICFAI University Dehradun
  56. ICFAI University Mizoram
  57. ICFAI University Tripura
  58. ICFAI University, Nagaland
  59. Indian Institute of Information Technology
  60. Indian Institute of Science
  61. Indian School of Mines
  62. Indira Gandhi National Open University
  63. Indus International University
  64. Jai Narain Vyas University Jodhpur
  65. Jain Vishva Bharati University
  66. Jamia Hamdard
  67. Jamia Millia Islamia
  68. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University
  69. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  70. Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University
  71. Jaypee University of Information Technology
  72. JSS University
  73. Kakatiya University
  74. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
  75. Kannur University
  76. Karnatak University Dharwad
  77. Karnataka State Open University
  78. Kurukshetra University
  79. Kuvempu University
  80. Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences
  81. Lovely Professional University
  82. Madhya Pradesh Bhoj (Open) University
  83. Madurai Kamaraj University
  84. Maharashtra University of Health Sciences
  85. Maharishi Markandeshwar University
  86. Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University
  87. Maharshi Dayanand University
  88. Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication
  89. Mangalore University
  90. Manipal University
  91. Manipur University
  92. Manonmaniam Sundaranar University
  93. Maulana Azad National Urdu University
  94. Mohanlal Sukhadia University
  95. Mother Teresa Women's University
  96. NALSAR University of Law
  97. National Law University, Delhi
  98. National Law University, Jodhpur
  99. Netaji Subhas Open University
  100. Nirma University
  101. North Maharashtra University
  102. North Orissa University
  103. North-Eastern Hill University
  104. Osmania University
  105. Panjab University
  106. Patna University
  107. Pondicherry University
  108. Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences
  109. PRIST University
  110. Punjab Technical University
  111. Punjabi University
  112. Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab
  113. Rajiv Gandhi University
  114. Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences Karnataka
  115. Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University
  116. Sam Higginbottom Institute of Agriculture Technology and Sciences
  117. Sambalpur University
  118. Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University
  119. Sardar Patel University
  120. Saurashtra University
  121. School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi
  122. Sharda University
  123. Shivaji University
  124. Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences
  125. Shreemati Nathibai Damodar Thackersey Women's University
  126. Sikkim-Manipal University
  127. Solapur University
  128. Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
  129. Sri Krishnadevaraya University
  130. Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam
  131. Sri Ramachandra University
  132. Sri Venkateswara University
  133. SRM University
  134. Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University
  135. Tamil Nadu Doctor M. G. R. Medical University
  136. Tamil Nadu Open University
  137. Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
  138. Tamil University
  139. Tata Institute of Social Sciences
  140. Tezpur University
  141. Thapar University
  142. The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE)
  143. The Northcap University
  144. Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University
  145. Tripura University
  146. U. P. Rajarshi Tandon Open University
  147. University of Calicut
  148. University of Delhi
  149. University of Hyderabad
  150. University of Jammu
  151. University of Kashmir
  152. University of Kerala
  153. University of Madras
  154. University of Mumbai
  155. University of Mysore
  156. Utkal University
  157. Vels University
  158. Vidya Pratishthan's College of Engineering
  159. Vignan University
  160. Vikrama Simhapuri University
  161. Vinayaka Missions University
  162. Vinoba Bhave University
  163. Visva-Bharati
  164. Visvesvaraya Technological University
  165. VIT University
  166. Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University
  167. YMCA University of Science and Technology


  1. The University of the West Indies
  2. University of Technology, Jamaica


  1. Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  2. Kenyatta University
  3. Maseno University
  4. Moi University
  5. Mount Kenya University
  6. South Eastern Kenya University
  7. Strathmore University
  8. Technical University of Kenya
  9. University of Eastern Africa Baraton
  10. University of Nairobi


  1. National University of Lesotho


  1. Mzuzu University
  2. University of Malawi


  1. Asia e University
  2. Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation
  3. Binary University of Management & Entrepreneurship
  4. International Islamic University Malaysia
  5. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology
  6. Management and Science University
  7. Nilai University
  8. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  9. Universiti Malaysia Sabah
  10. Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
  11. Universiti Malaysia Terengganu
  12. Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris
  13. Universiti Putra Malaysia
  14. Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia
  15. Universiti Sains Malaysia
  16. Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  17. Universiti Tenaga Nasional
  18. Universiti Tun Abdul Razak
  19. Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
  20. Universiti Utara Malaysia
  21. University of Malaya


  1. Villa College


  1. University of Malta


  1. Open University of Mauritius
  2. University of Mauritius
  3. University of Technology Mauritius


  1. Eduardo Mondlane University


  1. University of Namibia

New Zealand

  1. Auckland University of Technology
  2. Lincoln University
  3. Massey University
  4. University of Auckland
  5. University of Canterbury
  6. University of Otago
  7. Victoria University of Wellington


  1. Adekunle Ajasin University
  2. Ahmadu Bello University
  3. Bayero University
  4. Benue State University
  5. Covenant University
  6. Delta State University
  7. Ebonyi State University
  8. Ekiti State University
  9. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  10. Federal University of Technology Akure
  11. Federal University of Technology Minna
  12. Federal University of Technology Owerri
  13. Gombe State University
  14. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture
  15. Modibbo Adama University of Technology
  16. Niger Delta University
  17. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  18. Obafemi Awolowo University
  19. Redeemer's University
  20. Rivers State University of Science and Technology
  21. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  22. University of Benin
  23. University of Calabar
  24. University of Ibadan
  25. University of Ilorin
  26. University of Jos
  27. University of Lagos
  28. University of Maiduguri
  29. University of Port Harcourt
  30. University of Uyo
  31. Usmanu Danfodiyo University


  1. Air University
  2. Bahria University
  3. Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences
  4. Beaconhouse National University
  5. COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
  6. Fatima Jinnah Women University
  7. Institute of Business Administration Karachi
  8. Institute of Business and Technology
  9. Institute of Business Management
  10. Islamia University Bahawalpur
  11. Isra University
  12. Karakoram International University
  13. Lahore College for Women University
  14. Lahore University of Management Sciences
  15. Mehran University of Engineering and Technology
  16. Mohammad Ali Jinnah University
  17. National Textile University
  18. National University of Sciences and Technology
  19. Riphah International University
  20. Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology
  21. Sindh Madressatul Islam University
  22. Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology
  23. University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi
  24. University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore
  25. University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar
  26. University of Sindh
  27. University of the Punjab
  28. Ziauddin University

Papua New Guinea

  1. Divine Word University
  2. Papua New Guinea University of Technology
  3. University of Papua New Guinea


  1. University of Rwanda

Saint Lucia

  1. International American University

Sierra Leone

  1. University of Sierra Leone


  1. Nanyang Technological University
  2. National University of Singapore

South Africa

  1. Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  2. Central University of Technology
  3. Durban University of Technology
  4. Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  5. North-West University
  6. Rhodes University
  7. Stellenbosch University
  8. Tshwane University of Technology
  9. University of Cape Town
  10. University of Johannesburg
  11. University of KwaZulu-Natal
  12. University of Pretoria
  13. University of South Africa
  14. University of the Free State
  15. University of the Western Cape
  16. University of the Witwatersrand
  17. University of Venda

Sri Lanka

  1. Bhikshu University
  2. Buddhist and Pali University
  3. Eastern University
  4. General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
  5. Horizon Campus
  6. National School of Business Management
  7. Open University
  8. Rajarata University
  9. Sabaragamuwa University
  10. South Eastern University
  11. Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology
  12. University of Colombo
  13. University of Jaffna
  14. University of Kelaniya
  15. University of Moratuwa
  16. University of Peradeniya
  17. University of Ruhuna
  18. University of Sri Jayewardenepura
  19. University of the Visual and Performing Arts
  20. University of Vocational Technology
  21. Uva Wellassa University
  22. Wayamba University


  1. University of Swaziland


  1. Ardhi University
  2. Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
  3. Muslim University of Morogoro
  4. Mzumbe University
  5. Open University of Tanzania
  6. St. Augustine University of Tanzania
  7. The State University of Zanzibar
  8. University of Dar es Salaam
  9. Zanzibar University

Trinidad and Tobago

  1. University of Trinidad and Tobago


  1. Islamic University in Uganda
  2. Kampala International University
  3. Makerere University
  4. Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  5. Uganda Christian University
  6. Uganda Martyrs University

United Kingdom

  1. Aberystwyth University
  2. Bangor University
  3. Bath Spa University
  4. Birmingham City University
  5. Bournemouth University
  6. British Institute of Technology and E-commerce
  7. Brunel University London
  8. Canterbury Christ Church University
  9. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  10. Cardiff University
  11. Coventry University
  12. Cranfield University
  13. Durham University
  14. Glasgow Caledonian University
  15. Heriot-Watt University
  16. Keele University
  17. King's College London
  18. Kingston University
  19. Lancaster University
  20. Liverpool Hope University
  21. London South Bank University
  22. Middlesex University
  23. Newcastle University
  24. Northumbria University
  25. Open University
  26. Queen's University Belfast
  27. School of Oriental and African Studies
  28. Sheffield Hallam University
  29. Staffordshire University
  30. Swansea University
  31. UCL Institute of Education
  32. Ulster University
  33. University College Birmingham
  34. University College London
  35. University of Aberdeen
  36. University of Bath
  37. University of Bedfordshire
  38. University of Birmingham
  39. University of Bristol
  40. University of Cambridge
  41. University of Chester
  42. University of East London
  43. University of Edinburgh
  44. University of Essex
  45. University of Exeter
  46. University of Glasgow
  47. University of Greenwich
  48. University of Hertfordshire
  49. University of Huddersfield
  50. University of Hull
  51. University of Kent
  52. University of Leeds
  53. University of Leicester
  54. University of Lincoln
  55. University of London
  56. University of Manchester
  57. University of Nottingham
  58. University of Northampton
  59. University of Oxford
  60. University of Reading
  61. University of Salford
  62. University of Southampton
  63. University of St Andrews
  64. University of Stirling
  65. University of Strathclyde
  66. University of Sunderland
  67. University of Surrey
  68. University of the Highlands and Islands
  69. University of Wales
  70. University of Warwick
  71. University of West London
  72. University of Westminster
  73. University of Worcester
  74. University of York
  75. York St John University


  1. Cavendish University Zambia
  2. Copperbelt University
  3. University of Lusaka
  4. University of Zambia
  5. Zambian Open University


  1. ^ ACU Senior Management
  2. ^ Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) | UNESCO NGO - db. Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  3. ^ "About us". 

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