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For the lives we can lead

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education.

International collaboration is central to this ambition: by bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them – the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives.

The ACU champions higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.

The Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a powerful network of 54 countries, working together to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. These countries share a history, language, and institutional structures, which paves the way for collaboration and partnership.

The Commonwealth is a living laboratory for change, and a network with great potential – two-thirds of its population of 2.4 billion people are under the age of 30.

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Our members

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The ACU has over 500 member universities in 50 countries across the Commonwealth. 66% of our members are in low and middle income countries, and 5% are in small states.

Our network covers over 10 million students and more than 1 million academic and professional staff.

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Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships

Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Scholarships are a unique opportunity to study for a two-years Master’s at leading ACU member universities across the Commonwealth.

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Commonwealth Climate Resilience Network

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Connecting universities across the Commonwealth to develop solutions to climate change.

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Partnership for Enhanced and Blended Learning

Addressing critical academic staff shortages using quality assured, credit-bearing degree courses delivered through blended learning.


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Join the ACU

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Becoming a member of the ACU means joining a vibrant global community of universities with a shared commitment to work together for the common good.

With more than 500 member universities across 50 countries, our membership reflects the diversity of the Commonwealth itself.

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