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Become a member

ACU member universities join a vibrant global community with a shared commitment to build a better world through higher education. With more than 500 member universities across 50 countries, your institution will be part of a network that reflects the breadth and diversity of the Commonwealth itself.

The ACU is the only accredited Commonwealth organisation to represent higher education. Membership provides you with unique opportunities to work with us and access and/or advocate on issues at the highest level. We represent members (and when we can, directly involve you) at high level forums that include the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, the Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, UN gatherings, and international sector events.

Whether you are a student, vice-chancellor, academic or professional at an ACU member university, you can access opportunities to connect, learn and influence.

Through Digital Now we are ensuring that our vibrant global network continues to thrive not just in the short-term, while COVID-19 restricts global mobility and ways of working, but longer term too. 

We welcome applications from eligible nationally-accredited higher education institutions in any of the Commonwealth’s member states.

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As part of an ACU member university, you will be able to connect with others through our networks, communities and events.

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Alongside opportunities to apply for funding, ACU membership gives you the chance to learn from experts from across the Commonwealth and beyond.

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ACU member universities join a community dedicated to championing higher education's contribution to sustainable development within the sector and with governments and donors. 

Our accredited status and strategic partnerships provide a platform for ACU members to influence policy agendas at the highest levels, including at Commonwealth ministerial meetings and the United Nations.

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We believe that international collaboration is the key to tackling global challenges - and that, in these extraordinary times, it matters more than ever. As an ACU member you can be part of collaborations that address:

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Become an ACU Ambassador

Already a member? Sign up to be an ACU Ambassador to help facilitate stronger communication between the ACU and your university. Ambassadors  should have an international remit (for example, international office, partnerships) and be someone other than the executive head.

For more information and to sign up as an ACU Champion, read the terms of reference.