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International Membership

UPES is a member of the International Association of Universities (IAU).

This enables the university to participate in IAU Annual Conferences, the General Conference, specialized workshops, seminars, experts meetings and various events. This also entitles UPES to receive regular reports on IAU activities and exchange information with the global higher education community.

UPES is a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), which is the oldest and one of the largest inter-university networks in the world. Established in 1913, the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the oldest inter-university network in the world. Today's ACU combines the expertise and reputation of over ninety years' 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 stops 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.

UPES is also a member of the Commonwealth Universities Study Abroad Consortium (CUSAC), which is a group of universities from around the Commonwealth who are committed to increasing internationalisation at their institutions. CUSAC functions as a network to facilitate the formation of partnerships to provide student exchange and study abroad opportunities, and also as a forum for members to share good practice and policy on all areas of internationalisation.

CUSAC was formed in 1993 with a small number of institutions. Membership expanded in 1999 and the scheme now has around 50 institutions, details of which can be found on this site. An Executive Committee is elected by the membership every three years. Details of the current Executive Committee can be found below. The Association of Commonwealth Universities provides secretariat services.