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 campaigns

  • How are universities nurturing respect and understanding? Universities have an important part to play in promoting mutual respect and understanding between people of different faiths, beliefs and cultures. Through this awareness campaign, the ACU aims to showcase the work universities are doing in this area so that they can learn from and inspire one another, while also encouraging staff and students at universities across the Commonwealth to endorse common values that bind them together.
  • Commonwealth StoriesWe’re keen to hear the ways in which the Commonwealth has shaped people's lives. It could be in a small way or totally transformative. It could be a story of someone who studied or worked in another country or whose parents changed the path of their family for the future. This campaign will highlight the varied tales of people who share the common bond of the Commonwealth.

Completed campaigns

  • 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).