The Association of Commonwealth Universities

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Association of Commonwealth Universities

The ACU is the oldest and, with 522 members in 37 countries, one of the largest inter-university networks in the world. Today’s ACU combines the expertise and reputation of nearly a century’s experience with new and innovative programmes designed to meet the needs of universities in the 21st century.

Higher education is rapidly expanding and more international than ever before: the market for students and staff is a global one; research funds are increasingly allocated on an international, collaborative basis; academic reputations are based on global connections; and neither innovation nor good practice stop at national borders. Furthermore, at a time when tertiary education has never been higher on the development agenda, the ACU’s experience in fostering collaboration between developed and developing country universities has never been more relevant or important.

British Council

The British Council is the UK's international cultural relations body with offices in more than 100 countries around the world. Its purpose is to connect the UK to the world and the world to the UK.

In an inter-dependent, turbulent world we believe that creating opportunities for people to understand each other better, work together more and learn from one another is crucial to building secure, more prosperous and sustainable futures for us all.

Our activities - whether in the arts, science, sport, English teaching, climate change or education - nurture greater trust and understanding between different countries and cultures. They also build strong international links to and from Britain, opening doors for the UK onto the rest of the world and for the world back to the UK.

Our work gives people - both in Britain and across the hundred-plus countries we work in - opportunities to learn, share and connect worldwide.

Millions of people each year learn English, find out more about British culture and come to study in the UK through the British Council. Many more share their ideas and experiences with others across the world through teaching, as part of academic and cultural links, or through community-building activities. Thousands connect with something bigger, joining networks to develop skills and understanding together in areas like school-linking, climate change, science or entrepreneurism.