Association of Commonwealth Universities

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Association of Commonwealth Universities
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Logo of the ACU
Abbreviation ACU
Formation 1913; 102 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. 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. 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. James Cook University
  12. Murdoch University
  13. Queensland University of Technology
  14. Raffles College of Design and Commerce
  15. The University of Adelaide
  16. The University of Newcastle
  17. University of Canberra
  18. University of Melbourne
  19. University of South Australia
  20. University of Southern Queensland
  21. University of the Sunshine Coast
  22. University of Sydney
  23. University of Tasmania
  24. University of Wollongong
  25. University of New South Wales
  26. Victoria University
  27. Western Sydney 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. Buckinghamshire New University
  9. Canterbury Christ Church University
  10. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  11. Cardiff University
  12. Coventry University
  13. Cranfield University
  14. Durham University
  15. Edge Hill University
  16. Glasgow Caledonian University
  17. Heriot-Watt University
  18. Keele University
  19. King's College London
  20. Kingston University
  21. Lancaster University
  22. Liverpool Hope University
  23. London South Bank University
  24. Middlesex University
  25. Newcastle University
  26. Northumbria University
  27. Open University
  28. Queen's University Belfast
  29. Richmond, The American International University in London
  30. School of Oriental and African Studies
  31. Sheffield Hallam University
  32. Staffordshire University
  33. Swansea University
  34. UCL Institute of Education
  35. Ulster University
  36. University College Birmingham
  37. University College London
  38. University of Aberdeen
  39. University of Bath
  40. University of Bedfordshire
  41. University of Birmingham
  42. University of Bristol
  43. University of Cambridge
  44. University of Chester
  45. University of East London
  46. University of Edinburgh
  47. University of Essex
  48. University of Exeter
  49. University of Glasgow
  50. University of Greenwich
  51. University of Hertfordshire
  52. University of Huddersfield
  53. University of Hull
  54. University of Kent
  55. University of Leeds
  56. University of Leicester
  57. University of Lincoln
  58. University of London
  59. University of Manchester
  60. University of Nottingham
  61. University of Northampton
  62. University of Oxford
  63. University of Plymouth
  64. University of Reading
  65. University of Salford
  66. University of Southampton
  67. University of St Andrews
  68. University of Stirling
  69. University of Strathclyde
  70. University of Sunderland
  71. University of Surrey
  72. University of the Highlands and Islands
  73. University of Wales
  74. University of Warwick
  75. University of West London
  76. University of Westminster
  77. University of Worcester
  78. University of York
  79. York St John University


  1. Air University Islamabad

Sri Lanka

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