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Association of Commonwealth Universities

The ACU is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education.

International collaboration is central to this ambition: by bringing universities together from around the world – and crucially the people who study and work within them – the ACU helps to advance knowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds, and improve lives.

The ACU champions higher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners, and stakeholders as they adapt to a changing world.


The Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research (GACER)
The Global Alliance on Community-Engaged Research was created by representatives of universities, networks and civil society organizations at the May 2008 Community University Expo Conference in Victoria, BC, Canada, hosted by the University of Victoria. The International Development Research Corporation of Canada funded a specific Global Networking meeting on May 5th 2008 at which representatives of 14 countries throughout the world developed a Declaration of The Global Alliance, which was then endorsed by many of the 600 delegates at the conference.


Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi)
The Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) is an international network created in 1999 by UNESCO, the United Nations University (UNU) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC), after UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE) in 1998, to give continuity to and facilitate the implementation of its main decisions. Ten years later in 2009, GUNi played a significant role in the second WCHE, following its mandate to further reflection and action frameworks to facilitate the exchange of value between higher education and society globally.


International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)
IARSLCE is an international network of researchers and practitioners devoted to fostering dialogue on service-learning and community engagement. Their mission is to promote the development and dissemination of research on service-learning and community engagement internationally and across all levels of the education system.


The Kettering Foundation
The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to make democracy work as it should? Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.


Open Society University Network (OSUN)

The Open Society University Network (OSUN) is a new global network that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge across geographic and demographic boundaries, promotes civic engagement on behalf of open societies, and expands access of underserved communities to higher education.


University Social Responsibility Network
Formation of the USR Network is based on the belief that universities have an obligation to work together to address the economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges in the world and to find solutions so as to make our world more just, inclusive, peaceful and sustainable. The USRN was inaugurated on 9 October 2015 in Hong Kong. It places emphasis on collaboration, coalition, and networking among members and with other networks and alliances. The Secretariat of the USR Network is set up at and supported by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong.