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UTAR is a Member of ACU!!


The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the oldest and one of the largest inter-university networks in the world.


The ACU provides its members with enhanced global visibility, a wide range of contacts and professional networking opportunities, scholarship and staff mobility programmes, cost-beneficial services, information, support and advocacy.


To find out more about the activities of the ACU (www.acu.ac.uk) please use the links below:


 Member services

 Partnerships and networking

 Management, leadership, and advisory services

 Scholarship administration

 Recruitment and advertising

 Research and policy analysis 


For further information please contact info@acu.ac.uk



Some of the services provided by ACU are:


  • Course Finder Service (previous known as CUDOS), introduces students to the range of courses that member institutions offer.
  • Professional networking for members institutions to share knowledge and best practice, and provide for debate and discussion on key policy and operational issues. By linking to ACU programmes and research work, members are offered a valuable platform to engage wider Higher Educational policy makers at an international level. By connecting colleagues in similar roles across the Commonwealth, ACU has designed six Professional Network to assist members as they develop key managers and administrators and negotiate increasingly complex international environments.


The following are the six Professional Networks:


  • Graduate Employment
  • Human Resource Management
  • Libraries and Information 
  • PR, Marketing, and Communications
  • Research Management
  • University Extension


  • Scholarships and staff mobility, which supports mobility between staff and nominess of member institutions. The ACU also manages substantial scholarships programmes on behalf of external donors, such as the Commonwealth and Marshall Scholarships of the UK Government. Further information on the awards schemes provided and/or administered by the ACU is available via these links: Fellowship and Staff Mobility; Commonwealth Scholarships; Marshall Scholarships.
  • International Noticeboard, whereby member institutions can advertise the faculty vacancies on the ACU website.
  • Research and Policy Analysis, whereby the research and analysis of the ACU ranges from in-depth reports and surveys to more succinct briefings and overviews. Recent analysis has focused on the key challenges confronting universities in the Commonwealth, the development of university libraries and information management, the participation of women in senior management, administration and academic positions, the impact of international trade in higher education and trends in academic pay and academic recruitment and retention.
  • Publications - a wide range of publication on HE-related topics, all of which are available free of charge to members, such as: 
    • magazine and newsletters- the Bulletin is the ACU's magazine for its members, keeping you informed about all our activities as well as other developments in higher education throughout the Commonwealth and beyond;
    • reports and papers on key issues in international higher education;
    • VC-net for Vice- Chancellors cover news, trends and development in international higher education; and
    • CHEMS (Commonwealth Higher Education Management Service) papers whereby ACU hosted a consultancy and research service and CHEMS produced a number of publications on a range of higher education management related topics.



A number of new and forthcoming activities, services as well as ACU?s  new strategic plan to its members:


  • Benchmarking Programme has allowed members to compare their key management processes in more detail.
  • ACU has worked with the Department for International Development (DFID) to increase access to their Development Partnership in Higher Education Scheme and establish a new Graduate Social Science programme in Africa.
  • The Australian Government's overseas aid program (AUSAID) in scoping a new an Africa-Australia Partnership Scheme and the Carnegie Corporation and European Union in supporting new structures for research management.
  • Journals and advertising bills through discount programmes offered by ACU have saved members thousands of pounds.
  • In year 2012, there are three conferences, as highlighted below:


o         A major conference in Sri Lanka to celebrate two decades of ACU work on gender

o    A conference in Mauritius, which gives an opportunity for members to interact with Commonwealth Education Ministers. 

o       A conference of Executive Heads in Jamaica. The ACU?s centenary celebrations will be launched in this conference.



  • Building a new, permanent, fund to support collaboration between staff member universities, whereby to help address the shortage of funding for collaboration between Commonwealth countries. 
  • Benchmarking programme has allowed members to compare their key management processes in more detail.


Strategic plan:


  • Creating self-assessment materials for good governance and quality control.
  • Supporting mechanisms for doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows via mentoring and a virtual graduate school.
  • Increasing support for mid-career academics.
  • Assisting members to form research consortia to tackle global challenges.
  • Forming strategic partnerships with other organizations and agencies to widen services to members (e.g. the latest announcement is the arrangements with Alpha-Galileo).
  • Working with global agencies to develop universal metrics for quality in both teaching and research.
  • Arranging campaign for governments to support for Commonwealth Scholarships. The ACU has led the way in raising a new £2 million endowment fund to support Commonwealth Scholarship in new countries.
  • Ensuring that a greater range of countries host awards in future.


Members are welcomed to suggest for future priorities.

ACU commits to support individual leaders and their universities.


For more information on ACU applications,  please contact DQA, UTAR.