Association of Commonwealth Universities

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) was established in 1913, and has over 500 member institutions in over 50 countries across the Commonwealth. It is the world’s oldest international network of universities and its mission is to promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the commonwealth and beyond. While it is the oldest university network, it represents the future – it has a combined population of 3 billion, mainly under the age of 30, in Commonwealth countries.[2]

Association of Commonwealth Universities
Formation1913 (1913)
TypeCharitable organisation
HeadquartersLondon, England, United Kingdom
Secretary General
Dr. Joanna Newman [1]
Parent organisation
Commonwealth of Nations

Drawing on the collective experience and expertise, the ACU seeks to address issues in international higher education through a range of projects, networks, and events. The ACU administers scholarships, provides academic research and leadership on issues in the sector, and promotes inter-university cooperation and the sharing of good practice, helping universities serve their communities.[3]

The Association of Commonwealth Universities is governed by its member institutions through an elected Council. As the ACU is a UK-registered charity, Council members also act as its Trustees. The ACU Council comprises up to 23 members: 20 elected Council members, up to two co-opted Council members and, if the Honorary Treasurer is co-opted rather than elected, the Honorary Treasurer.


In 1912, the University of London took the initiative to assemble 53 representatives of universities in London to hold a Congress of Universities of the Empire. They decided they needed a "bureau of information". Its affairs would be handled by a committee representing universities at home and abroad. In 1913 the office opened as the Universities Bureau of the British Empire. They incorporated under licence of the Board of Trade in 1919 and received a grant of £5000 to operate an office premises, with the understanding that the universities of the Empire would fund its maintenance. In 1948 the name was changed to Association of Universities of the British Commonwealth, and in 1963 it changed to its current name.

Dr Anastasios Christodoulou was the Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities from 1980 to 1996.

In 1986, Queen Elizabeth II became patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

In 2019, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex became patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.


Currently 40 countries from the Commonwealth are represented in the Association.


Member universities are divided into full and associate categories, with the latter not holding voting rights. Full members must:

  • Be legally incorporated and based in the Commonwealth, or have chosen to retain membership in the ACU when the country where they are based left the Commonwealth.
  • Be authorised to provide higher education.
  • Hold their own degree awarding powers.
  • Have at least 250 full time equivalent students, of which over half are studying at degree level.
  • Have graduated at least one cohort of students.

The criteria for associate membership are similar, except that the requirement to be able to award their own degrees is replaced by a requirement that their students may be awarded degrees of another institution under a franchise, license or other collaborative agreement, and that the institution whose degrees are being awarded is itself eligible for full membership of the ACU and is located in the Commonwealth.[4]

List of members

Country Institution Local / Alternative Name
 Antigua and Barbuda American University of Antigua -
 Australia Charles Sturt University -
 Australia Curtin University -
 Australia Edith Cowan University -
 Australia Griffith University -
 Australia Macquarie University -
 Australia Murdoch University -
 Australia Raffles College of Design and Commerce -
 Australia RMIT University -
 Australia University of Adelaide -
 Australia University of Newcastle (Australia) -
 Australia University of Canberra -
 Australia University of Melbourne -
 Australia University of Southern Queensland -
 Australia University of Sydney -
 Australia University of Tasmania -
 Australia University of the Sunshine Coast -
 Australia University of Wollongong -
 Australia University of New South Wales -
 Australia Western Sydney University -
 Bangladesh Asian University for Women -
 Bangladesh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Agricultural University -
 Bangladesh Bangladesh Agricultural University -
 Bangladesh Bangladesh Open University -
 Bangladesh Bangladesh University of Business and Technology -
 Bangladesh Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology -
 Bangladesh BGMEA University of Fashion & Technology -
 Bangladesh Daffodil International University -
 Bangladesh International Islamic University, Chittagong -
 Bangladesh International University of Business Agriculture and Technology -
 Bangladesh Islamic University, Bangladesh -
 Bangladesh Jahangirnagar University -
 Bangladesh Khulna University -
 Bangladesh Metropolitan University, Sylhet -
 Bangladesh Shahjalal University of Science and Technology -
 Bangladesh Southern University, Bangladesh -
 Bangladesh University of Asia Pacific -
 Bangladesh University of Chittagong -
 Bangladesh University of Dhaka -
 Bangladesh World University of Bangladesh -
 Barbados University of the West Indies at Cave Hill -
 Botswana University of Botswana -
 Cameroon The University of Bamenda -
 Cameroon University of Buea -
 Cameroon University of Dschang -
 Cameroon University of Maroua -
 Cameroon University of Yaounde I -
 Canada Athabasca University -
 Canada Dalhousie University -
 Canada MacEwan University -
 Canada McGill University -
 Canada McMaster University -
 Canada Memorial University of Newfoundland -
 Canada Queen's University at Kingston -
 Canada Ryerson University -
 Canada University of Alberta -
 Canada University of British Columbia -
 Canada University of Calgary -
 Canada University of Guelph -
 Canada University of Lethbridge -
 Canada University of Manitoba -
 Canada University of Northern British Columbia -
 Canada University of Ontario Institute of Technology -
 Canada University of Ottawa -
 Canada University of Regina -
 Canada University of Saskatchewan -
 Canada University of Toronto -
 Canada University of Waterloo -
 Canada Vancouver Island University -
 Canada Western University -
 Canada York University -
 Cyprus Cyprus Institute of Marketing -
 Cyprus The Philips College -
 Dominica All Saints University School of Medicine -
 Fiji Fiji National University -
 Fiji University of Fiji -
 Fiji The University of the South Pacific -
 Ghana Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration -
 Ghana Kumasi Polytechnic -
 Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology -
 Ghana University for Development Studies -
 Ghana University of Cape Coast -
 Ghana University of Education Winneba -
 Ghana University of Ghana -
 Ghana University of Mines and Technology -
 Ghana University of Professional Studies, Accra -
 Ghana Valley View University -
 Guyana Texila American University -
 Guyana University of Guyana -
 Hong Kong Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學
 Hong Kong The University of Hong Kong 香港大學
 India Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research -
 India Acharya Nagarjuna University -
 India Alagappa University -
 India Aligarh Muslim University -
 India Amity University, Noida -
 India Amity University Rajasthan -
 India Andhra University -
 India Annamalai University -
 India Apeejay Stya University -
 India Awadhesh Pratap Singh University -
 India Bhagat Phool Singh Mahila Vishwavidyalaya -
 India B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology -
 India Baba Farid University of Health Sciences -
 India Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University -
 India Banasthali University -
 India Bangalore University -
 India Berhampur University -
 India Bhagwant University -
 India Bharathiar University -
 India Bharathidasan University -
 India Birla Institute of Technology -
 India Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani -
 India Bundelkhand University, Jhansi
 India Career Point University: Hamirpur, Kota -
 India Central Agricultural University -
 India Central University of Gujarat -
 India Central University of Kashmir -
 India Central University of Punjab -
 India Central University of Tibetan Studies -
 India Chandigarh University -
 India Charotar University of Science and Technology -
 India Cochin University of Science and Technology -
 India Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology -
 India Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya -
 India Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya -
 India Dharmsinh Desai University -
 India Dibrugarh University -
 India Doctor D. Y. Patil University -
 India Assam Don Bosco University -
 India Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Open University -
 India Dravidian University -
 India English and Foreign Languages University -
 India Fakir Mohan University -
 India Gandhigram Rural University -
 India Ganpat University -
 India Gauhati University -
 India GITAM University -
 India Gujarat Forensic Sciences University -
 India Gulbarga University -
 India Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya -
 India Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University -
 India Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology -
 India Guru Nanak Dev University -
 India Gurukula Kangri Vishwavidyalaya -
 India Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University -
 India Himachal Pradesh University -
 India Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science -
 India I. K. Gujral Punjab Technical University -
 India Indian Institute of Science -
 India Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad -
 India Jai Narain Vyas University -
 India Jamia Hamdard -
 India Jamia Millia Islamia -
 India Jawaharlal Nehru University -
 India Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women's University -
 India Jharkhand Rai University -
 India JSS University -
 India Kakatiya University -
 India Kannur University -
 India Karnatak University Dharwad -
 India Karnataka State Open University -
 India KIIT University -
 India Kurukshetra University -
 India Kuvempu University -
 India Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences -
 India Lovely Professional University -
 India Madhya Pradesh Bhoj Open University -
 India Madurai Kamaraj University -
 India Maharishi Markandeshwar University: Solan, Sadopur, Mullana -
 India Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati University -
 India Maharshi Dayanand University -
 India Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication -
 India Manipal Academy of Higher Education -
 India Manipur University -
 India Manonmaniam Sundaranar University -
 India Maulana Azad National Urdu University -
 India Mohanlal Sukhadia University -
 India Mother Teresa Women's University -
 India NALSAR University of Law -
 India National Law University, Delhi -
 India National Law University, Jodhpur -
 India National Law University Odisha -
 India Nirma University -
 India North Orissa University -
 India North-Eastern Hill University -
 India O. P. Jindal Global University -
 India Osmania University -
 India Panjab University -
 India Patna University -
 India Pondicherry University -
 India Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences -
 India Punjabi University -
 India Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law -
 India Rajiv Gandhi University -
 India Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences -
 India Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University -
 India Sam Higginbottom University of Agriculture, Technology and Sciences -
 India Sambalpur University -
 India Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University -
 India Saurashtra University -
 India School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi -
 India Sharda University -
 India Shivaji University -
 India Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences -
 India Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University -
 India Sikkim Manipal University -
 India Solapur University -
 India South Asian University -
 India Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology -
 India Sri Krishnadevaraya University -
 India Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam -
 India Sri Ramachandra University -
 India SRM Institute of Science and Technology -
 India Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University -
 India Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University -
 India Tamil Nadu Open University -
 India Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University -
 India Tamil University -
 India Tata Institute of Social Sciences -
 India Tezpur University -
 India The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education -
 India The ICFAI University Mizoram -
 India The ICFAI University Tripura -
 India The ICFAI University, Dehradun -
 India The ICFAI University, Meghalaya -
 India The ICFAI University, Nagaland -
 India The ICFAI University, Sikkim -
 India The IIS University -
 India The Northcap University -
 India Tilka Manjhi Bhagalpur University -
 India Tripura University -
 India University of Calicut -
 India University of Delhi -
 India University of Engineering & Management (UEM), Jaipur -
 India University of Hyderabad -
 India University of Jammu -
 India University of Kerala -
 India University of Madras -
 India University of Mumbai -
 India University of Mysore -
 India University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya -
 India Utkal University -
 India Vels University -
 India Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology -
 India Vidya Pratishthan's College of Engineering, Baramati -
 India Vinoba Bhave University -
 India Visva-Bharati -
 India Visvesvaraya Technological University -
 India Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University -
 Jamaica Caribbean Maritime Institute -
 Jamaica The University of the West Indies -
 Jamaica University of Technology, Jamaica -
 Kenya Catholic University of Eastern Africa -
 Kenya Kenyatta University -
 Kenya Maseno University -
 Kenya Moi University -
 Kenya Mount Kenya University -
 Kenya South Eastern Kenya University -
 Kenya Strathmore University -
 Kenya Technical University of Kenya -
 Kenya Machakos University
 Kenya United States International University - Africa -
 Kenya University of Nairobi -
 Lesotho National University of Lesotho -
 Malawi Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources -
 Malawi Mzuzu University -
 Malawi University of Malawi -
 Malaysia Asia e University -
 Malaysia Asia Metropolitan University -
 Malaysia Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation -
 Malaysia Cyberjaya University College of Medical Sciences -
 Malaysia GlobalNxt University -
 Malaysia KDU Penang University College -
 Malaysia Limkokwing University of Creative Technology -
 Malaysia Lincoln University College, Malaysia -
 Malaysia Management and Science University -
 Malaysia Manipal International University -
 Malaysia North Borneo University College -
 Malaysia Quest International University Perak -
 Malaysia Raffles University Iskandar -
 Malaysia Sultan Azlan Shah University -
 Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia -
 Malaysia Universiti Malaysia Sabah -
 Malaysia Universiti Malaysia Sarawak -
 Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia -
 Malaysia Universiti Sains Malaysia -
 Malaysia Universiti Tenaga Nasional -
 Malaysia Universiti Tun Abdul Razak -
 Malaysia Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman -
 Malaysia Universiti Utara Malaysia -
 Malaysia University of Malaya -
 Maldives Villa College -
 Malta University of Malta L-Università ta' Malta
 Mauritius Open University of Mauritius -
 Mauritius University of Mauritius -
 Mauritius University of Technology Mauritius -
 Mozambique Eduardo Mondlane University -
 Namibia University of Namibia -
 New Zealand Auckland University of Technology -
 New Zealand Lincoln University -
 New Zealand Massey University -
 New Zealand University of Auckland -
 New Zealand University of Canterbury -
 New Zealand University of Otago -
 New Zealand Victoria University of Wellington -
 Nigeria Adekunle Ajasin University -
 Nigeria Afe Babalola University -
 Nigeria Ahmadu Bello University -
 Nigeria Bayero University -
 Nigeria Covenant University -
 Nigeria Delta State University -
 Nigeria Ebonyi State University -
 Nigeria Ekiti State University -
 Nigeria Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta -
 Nigeria Federal University of Technology Akure -
 Nigeria Federal University of Technology Minna -
 Nigeria Gombe State University -
 Nigeria Federal University of Technology, Yola -
 Nigeria Niger Delta University -
 Nigeria Nnamdi Azikiwe University -
 Nigeria Redeemer's University -
 Nigeria Rivers State University -
 Nigeria University of Benin (Nigeria) -
 Nigeria University of Calabar -
 Nigeria University of Ibadan -
 Nigeria University of Ilorin -
 Nigeria University of Jos -
 Nigeria University of Lagos -
 Nigeria University of Maiduguri -
 Nigeria University of Nigeria -
 Nigeria University of Port Harcourt -
 Pakistan Air University -
 Pakistan Bahria University -
 Pakistan Balochistan University of Information Technology, Engineering & Management Sciences -
 Pakistan Capital University of Science & Technology -
 Pakistan COMSATS Institute of Information Technology -
 Pakistan Fatima Jinnah Women University -
 Pakistan Greenwich University -
 Pakistan Institute of Business Administration Karachi -
 Pakistan Institute of Business Management -
 Pakistan Islamia University Bahawalpur -
 Pakistan Isra University -
 Pakistan Jinnah Sindh Medical University -
 Pakistan Mehran University of Engineering and Technology -
 Pakistan National Defence University -
 Pakistan National University of Sciences and Technology -
 Pakistan Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University -
 Pakistan Riphah International University -
 Pakistan Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology -
 Pakistan Sindh Madressatul Islam University -
 Pakistan Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology -
 Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore -
 Pakistan University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar -
 Pakistan University of Sindh -
 Pakistan University of the Punjab -
 Pakistan Ziauddin University -
 Papua New Guinea Divine Word University -
 Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea University of Technology -
 Papua New Guinea University of Papua New Guinea -
 Rwanda University of Rwanda -
 Saint Kitts and Nevis University of Medicine and Health Sciences -
 Saint Lucia International American University -
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines All Saints University School of Medicine -
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Saint James School of Medicine -
 Sierra Leone University of Sierra Leone -
 Singapore Nanyang Technological University -
 Singapore National University of Singapore -
 South Africa Cape Peninsula University of Technology -
 South Africa Central University of Technology -
 South Africa Durban University of Technology -
 South Africa Mangosuthu University of Technology -
 South Africa Nelson Mandela University -
 South Africa North-West University -
 South Africa Rhodes University -
 South Africa Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University -
 South Africa Sol Plaatje University -
 South Africa Stellenbosch University -
 South Africa Tshwane University of Technology -
 South Africa University of Cape Town -
 South Africa University of Johannesburg -
 South Africa University of KwaZulu-Natal -
 South Africa University of Mpumalanga -
 South Africa University of Pretoria -
 South Africa University of South Africa -
 South Africa University of the Free State -
 South Africa University of the Western Cape -
 South Africa University of the Witwatersrand -
 South Africa University of Limpopo -
 South Africa University of Zululand -
 South Africa Vaal University of Technology -
 Sri Lanka Buddhasravaka Bhiksu University -
 Sri Lanka Buddhist and Pali University of Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College -
 Sri Lanka Eastern University, Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University -
 Sri Lanka Horizon Campus -
 Sri Lanka International Institute of Health Sciences -
 Sri Lanka NSBM Green University -
 Sri Lanka Open University of Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka Rajarata University of Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka South Eastern University of Sri Lanka -
 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology -
 Sri Lanka University of Colombo -
 Sri Lanka University of Jaffna -
 Sri Lanka University of Kelaniya -
 Sri Lanka University of Moratuwa -
 Sri Lanka University of Peradeniya -
 Sri Lanka University of Ruhuna -
 Sri Lanka University of Sri Jayewardenepura -
 Sri Lanka University of the Visual and Performing Arts -
 Sri Lanka University of Vocational Technology -
 Sri Lanka Uva Wellassa University -
 Sri Lanka Wayamba University of Sri Lanka -
 Tanzania Ardhi University -
 Tanzania Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences -
 Tanzania Mzumbe University -
 Tanzania Open University of Tanzania -
 Tanzania Sokoine University of Agriculture -
 Tanzania St. John's University of Tanzania -
 Tanzania St. Augustine University of Tanzania -
 Tanzania The State University of Zanzibar -
 Tanzania University of Dar es Salaam -
 Tanzania Zanzibar University -
 Trinidad and Tobago University of Trinidad and Tobago -
 Uganda Bugema University -
 Uganda ISBAT University -
 Uganda Islamic University in Uganda -
 Uganda Kampala International University -
 Uganda Kyambogo University -
 Uganda Makerere University -
 Uganda Mbarara University of Science and Technology -
 Uganda Uganda Christian University -
 Uganda Uganda Martyrs University -
 United Kingdom Bath Spa University -
 United Kingdom Birkbeck, University of London -
 United Kingdom Birmingham City University -
 United Kingdom Bournemouth University -
 United Kingdom Brunel University London -
 United Kingdom Buckinghamshire New University -
 United Kingdom Canterbury Christ Church University -
 United Kingdom Cardiff Metropolitan University Prifysgol Metropolitan Caerdydd
 United Kingdom Cardiff University Prifysgol Caerdydd
 United Kingdom City, University of London -
 United Kingdom Coventry University -
 United Kingdom Cranfield University -
 United Kingdom Durham University -
 United Kingdom Edge Hill University -
 United Kingdom Edinburgh Napier University -
 United Kingdom Glasgow Caledonian University -
 United Kingdom Heriot-Watt University -
 United Kingdom Keele University -
 United Kingdom King's College London -
 United Kingdom Kingston University -
 United Kingdom Lancaster University -
 United Kingdom Liverpool Hope University -
 United Kingdom Liverpool John Moores University -
 United Kingdom London School of Business and Management -
 United Kingdom London South Bank University -
 United Kingdom Middlesex University -
 United Kingdom Newcastle University -
 United Kingdom Northumbria University -
 United Kingdom Oxford Brookes University -
 United Kingdom Plymouth University -
 United Kingdom Queen's University Belfast -
 United Kingdom Royal Academy of Music -
 United Kingdom Royal Central School of Speech and Drama -
 United Kingdom School of Advanced Study, University of London -
 United Kingdom School of Oriental and African Studies -
 United Kingdom Sheffield Hallam University -
 United Kingdom Staffordshire University -
 United Kingdom Swansea University Prifysgol Abertawe
 United Kingdom Courtauld Institute of Art -
 United Kingdom The Institute of Cancer Research -
 United Kingdom The Open University -
 United Kingdom The University of Manchester -
 United Kingdom The University of Northampton -
 United Kingdom The University of Winchester -
 United Kingdom Ulster University -
 United Kingdom University College Birmingham -
 United Kingdom University College London -
 United Kingdom University of Bath -
 United Kingdom University of Birmingham -
 United Kingdom University of Bristol -
 United Kingdom University of Cambridge -
 United Kingdom University of Chester -
 United Kingdom University of Edinburgh -
 United Kingdom University of Exeter -
 United Kingdom University of Glasgow -
 United Kingdom University of Greenwich -
 United Kingdom University of Hull -
 United Kingdom University of Kent -
 United Kingdom University of Leeds -
 United Kingdom University of Leicester -
 United Kingdom University of Lincoln -
 United Kingdom University of London -
 United Kingdom University of Nottingham -
 United Kingdom University of Oxford -
 United Kingdom University of Reading -
 United Kingdom University of Roehampton -
 United Kingdom University of Salford -
 United Kingdom University of Sheffield -
 United Kingdom University of Southampton -
 United Kingdom University of Stirling -
 United Kingdom University of Strathclyde -
 United Kingdom University of Sunderland -
 United Kingdom University of Surrey -
 United Kingdom University of Sussex -
 United Kingdom University of the Highlands and Islands -
 United Kingdom University of the West of England -
 United Kingdom University of the West of Scotland -
 United Kingdom University of Wales Prifysgol Cymru
 United Kingdom University of Warwick -
 United Kingdom University of Wolverhampton -
 United Kingdom University of Worcester -
 United Kingdom University of York -
 United Kingdom York St John University -
 Zambia Copperbelt University -
 Zambia University of Lusaka -
 Zambia University of Zambia -
 Zambia Zambian Open University -
 Zimbabwe Africa University -
 Zimbabwe Bindura University of Science Education -
 Zimbabwe Midlands State University -
 Zimbabwe National University of Science and Technology -
 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe Open University -


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