Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)


Woburn House

20–24 Tavistock Square London WC1H 9HF


Telephone: (44) 20 7380 6700



Year established: 1913

Number of staff: 100

Number of subscribing members:

More than 500 (institutions)

Annual expenditure:

£6.620 million in 2016–17

Officers (2015):

Chair of Council: Professor Amit Chakma, Western University, Canada

Secretary-General: Dr Joanna Newman

Aims and objectives:

The ACU is the oldest international inter-university network in the world, with more than 500 member institutions in developed and developing countries across the Commonwealth. Drawing on the collective experience and expertise of its membership, 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 co-operation and the sharing of good practice – helping universities serve their communities, now and into the future.

Main activities:

• Partnerships and networking – including conferences and networks in a variety of areas critical to the successful management of universities

• Management, leadership and advisory services – including the ACU Strategic Management Programme

• Research and analysis – including reports, surveys and consulting services

• Staff and student mobility – including administering Commonwealth Scholarships, Chevening Scholarships and Marshall Scholarships (all funded by the UK government)

Recent publications:

Bulletin (three issues a year), ACU Insights (email briefing; ten issues a year), and reports and papers on key issues in international higher education.