Association of Commonwealth Universities
- Association of Commonwealth Universities
name = Association of Commonwealth Universities
size = 105px
caption = Logo of the ACU
formation = 1913
type = Charitable organization
headquarters = London
leader_title = Secretary General
leader_name = Professor John Tarrant
website = http://www.acu.ac.uk/
The Association of Commonwealth Universities represents over 480 universities from Commonwealth countries.
"We serve our member institutions by advancing international co-operation and understanding in higher education, and by providing a broad range of services and facilities."
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 license 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.
In 1986, Queen Elizabeth II became patron of the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
* [http://www.acu.ac.uk/cgi-bin/frameset.pl?ml=membership&sl=membership&select=members ACU member universities]
* Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
* Russell Group
* N8 Group
* Association of African Universities
* Association of Pacific Rim Universities
* [http://www.acu.ac.uk/ Association of Commonwealth Universities]
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