The ACU believes passionately in the vital importance of higher education’s contribution to society and international development. As such, one of our strategic priorities for 2016-2021 is to champion the value of higher education for global challenges and positive social change through diverse campaigns and initiatives.

We aim to advocate for the role of higher education in contributing to international development and social change, delivering an effective voice for member universities to governments, international organisations, and other key stakeholders.

Two of the ways we do this is by providing a strong platform through which member universities can demonstrate the value of their work to a wider audience, and by adding to the stock of evidence on the value of higher education through evaluation and analysis of existing and future initiatives.

Ongoing initiatives

  • In 2016 the ACU launched a new initiative on Universities, faith and respect – an ambitious exercise to identify ways in which universities (including some with a strong faith mission) can develop practical means of promoting respect, understanding, and objectivity among staff, students, and their local communities. More information coming soon

Completed initiatives

  • The world beyond 2015 – Is higher education ready? was a digital campaign run by the ACU between 2013 and 2015 to raise awareness, elicit expert views, gather evidence, and advocate for the role of higher education in delivering social and developmental impact beyond the UN's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs, 2000-2015).