The ACU is seeking proposals from member universities to host the 2022 and 2023 ACU Summer Schools. Hosting an ACU Summer School is a great way to enhance your university’s visibility to international students and academics. The ACU Summer School brings together 40-50 students from around the Commonwealth for an exciting week of expert lectures, group project work, field trips, skills development, and social and cultural activities.
The Summer School is open to postgraduate and final-year undergraduate students from Commonwealth universities. Each year, ACU-funded bursaries are available for approximately 50% of participants from member universities who have not previously had the opportunity to travel overseas. Taking part in an international summer school is a great way for students to learn new skills, increase their intercultural understanding, and build diverse new networks.
Themes, eligibility, and timelines
For the 2022 and 2023 events, the ACU is seeking proposals on topics linked to the following themes:
- Ocean science and the blue economy
- Sport and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Peace and reconciliation
- Decolonising the curriculum
As part of the proposal, must submit the following:
For more information please visit: https://www.acu.ac.uk/funding-opportunities/for-students/grants/acu-summer-school/acu-summer-school-eoi-20222023/
- An explanation of the theme and details of your university’s institutional expertise in that area
- Learning outcomes
- Details of their organising committee, including the academic lead and visa/immigration contact
- Details of proposed speakers
- A draft programme. The programme should be broken down day by day and include a mix of lectures/seminars, discussions, skills development, group project work leading to project presentations, intercultural sessions, field trips (which should feed into the group project work) social events and one full-day excursion. View and download an example programme.
- A proposed budget. The host institution is required to contribute at least 50% of event costs. The ACU cannot fund the host institution's staffing costs or pay speaker fees, but will contribute to event costs such as accommodation, catering, transport, entrance fees and welcome packs. Please give costs in both local currency and GBP. View and download an example budget.
- Accommodation and venue details
- Safeguarding and student welfare information
- A letter from the Executive Head of the institution expressing support for the planned event. The letter should explain how the event links to the university's expertise and should confirm that the university will commit to dedicating sufficient staff time, resources and facilities to enable the delivery of the event.
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Attached application from along with all required documents may please be submitted to the International Office, CIIT, Islamabad both in hard and soft copies till September 08, 2017 (before close of business) through the office of the Director of Concerned Campus for further processing and onward submission to ACU.
The ACU Commonwealth Summer School, now in its seventh year, is an opportunity for talented university students from around the Commonwealth to come together for an exciting week of expert lectures, group work, field trips, skills development and social events.
The 2017 Summer School will explore interrelationships between humans and other living beings, and between cultural practices and environmental problems ? and will look at how these can be examined through different academic disciplines and creative arts. Bath Spa University is a world leader in research and teaching in these areas, and is therefore ideally placed to lead this discussion.
The Summer School is open to participants who are either current postgraduate (Masters and Doctoral) or final year undergraduate students studying at a university in a Commonwealth country. If you are an undergraduate student, you must have already started your final year of studies at the time of application.
The Summer School is a small and friendly event, with delegate numbers capped at 45. It is an interdisciplinary event and students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
The cost of the Summer School is:
- £350 GBP ? reduced registration fee for students from ACU member universities
- £450 GBP ? full registration fee for students from Commonwealth universities
which are not ACU members
Registration fees cover the full programme content, including lectures, field trips, the social programme and the day trip to Oxford; accommodation; most meals and airport transfers from Heathrow airport (restrictions apply). Registration fees do not cover flights, visa costs, or insurance.
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Mr. Hassan Qayyum Chohan Dr. Saddam Hussain
Two Young Faculty Members From CIIT Secure The Prestigious ACU Centenary Awards
Dr. Saddam Hussain, Deputy HoD, Management Sciences (Attock campus) and Mr. Hassan QayyumChohan, Lab Engineer, Chemical Engineering (Lahore campus) made CIIT proud and brought international recognition to it by securing the ACU small grants for early career academics in an open competition where 500 member universities spread over fifty countries participated. Laudably CIIT staff members secured two positions out of the 40 available slots.
The grant is valued at£2,000/- each and it’s supposed to be used for attending academic conferences or visiting a potential collaborator.
It may be mentioned that Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the oldest international association of universities in the world. CIIT is an active member of this association and has received a number of fellowships in the past. Further details of the Association’s work, including details of the next round of early career awards, can be found on the ACU website at: www.acu.ac.uk
Do look out for the next round of small grants which is likely to be announced towards the end of this calendar year. Who knows that this platform provides you the funds to pay for your professional overseas travel, like it did for Dr. Hussain and Mr. Chohan.