The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the world's first international university network, established in 1913.

As-of June 2017 LSBM is proud to announce that we were the 500th member of the ACU.

The ACU is a professional association for those working in higher education across the Commonwealth, providing avenues for collaboration and cooperation between members. Joining the ACU brings us into a network of like-minded organisations whose aim is to build and forge sustainable, mutually beneficial international partnerships.

A UK-registered charity, the ACU has more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries. They bring together many of the most prestigious and well-funded universities internationally with relatively new institutions in some of the world’s least developed countries. What binds members together is a common belief in the value of higher education to society, the conviction that this value is enhanced by international collaboration, and a passion for rigour and excellence in everything that our member universities do.

With three distinct but interconnected areas of work – member services, programmes, and scholarship administration – supported by robust infrastructure and governance arrangements, the ACU combines delivering value to its members with achieving impact on the world of higher education and wider society.

As part of our membership, LSBM staff and stakeholders can join one of the following ACU member communities:

Engage Community 
Research, Knowledge and Information Community
Internationalisation Community
HR in HE Community

For more details and to sign up, click on the specific links above or visit this link for an overview of all four areas:

Dr Joanna Newman MBE FRSA, Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) visited LSBM on Tuesday 11 July 2017 and you can read more about her visit here, as well as read a PDF of links to resources and developments from the talk.


The Mission, Vision and Values of the ACU can be summarised in the following ways:


To promote and support excellence in higher education for the benefit of individuals and societies throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.


Vibrant and exciting universities that use their transformational power to:

  • Create opportunities for individuals to fulfil their potential
  • Increase understanding through international partnerships – both inside and outside the higher education sector
  • Contribute to the cultural, economic, and social development of every nation


The ACU's set of values help guide the organisation in its mission. Our values reflect our aspirations, who we are, and how we do things, and are brought alive in everything that we do.


We strive for excellence, using our collective expertise and professionalism to fulfil our commitments. We listen to our stakeholders to deliver valued services.


We promote the sharing of good practice and capacity strengthening, and provide a platform for knowledge generation and exchange. We foster cooperation and partnerships within the sector and across cultures.


We enable the exploration of ideas and willingness to think differently. We give staff the freedom to do their work and develop new ways to deliver our services.


We are committed to openness, fairness, integrity, and transparency in all our work and relationships. We share the values and aspirations that unite all the people and nations of the Commonwealth.


We are an inclusive organisation, working with and representing a diverse range of individuals, nations, and institutions. Inclusive thinking is part of our everyday working practices.

LSBM is excited to be a member of this community of vibrant Commonwealth higher education institutions, and we look forward to furthering interesting collaborations and shared values in the years ahead.

You can learn more about the work of the ACU on their website here.

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