Statement of shared values

The ACU encourages individuals at Commonwealth universities to commit to efforts in nurturing respect by endorsing this Statement of shared values.

Statement of shared values

The need for proactive mutual understanding between different faiths, beliefs and cultures has never been greater. Universities are uniquely placed to meet this need.

Universities are based on the principles of free and open debate, and respect for those of different backgrounds or opinions. They are places where ideas can be advanced and challenged in an atmosphere of tolerance and objectivity. Today’s universities are more accessible than ever before, and reach across national and cultural borders.

As members of the community of Commonwealth universities, we:

  • Affirm our belief in the principles of tolerance, respect, and understanding outlined in the Commonwealth Charter.
  • Strive to develop an environment in which all students can understand and pursue their beliefs, in the spirit of mutual understanding and respect, and use these as a pathway to wider moral and personal development.
  • Support the provision of opportunities in the curriculum or extracurricular activity to foster this mutual understanding and respect.
  • View these initiatives as part of a wider commitment to academic, social, and international development.
  • Recognise our responsibility, both as institutions or individuals, to work together and lead by example in pursuing the above principles.

Endorse our Statement of shared values

What next?

Read our members' case studies or have a look at the list of signatories (last updated: 29 November 2017)

How do universities nurture interfaith respect?