Established in 1956, Manipal University is a large higher education institution located in Karnataka on the south-west coast of India. It is a deemed university, meaning that while it is not an official university it has high academic and research standards and therefore has been awarded the status of a university.
The university has two campuses in Manipal, the health sciences campus and the MIT campus, which cover a combined area of 600 acres. There are also four Manipal University campuses located outside Manipal – the campus of Mangalore offers degree courses in medicine, nursing and dentistry, while the Bangalore Campus offers Regenerative Medicine programs. The university’s campus in Dubai, UAE, offers architecture, management and engineering courses while the Melaka campus in Malaysia offers dentistry and medicine courses.
Manipal University is part of the Manipal Group, established by the university’s founder T.M.A. Pai in 1953 with the hope of reforming healthcare and education in India. Today this plan has grown to become international and alongside the various Manipal University campuses, the Manipal Group now includes other universities in India as well as Nepalese, Malaysian and Antiguan institutions.
A number of facilities have been established to affirm Manipal’s status as an education hub. Today the town is home to one of the largest health science libraries in Asia, an internationally renowned anatomy museum, a business incubation centre, an Innovation centre and several other facilities that make Manipal a very appealing study destination.
Some prominent industry leaders have graduated from Manipal University over the years. Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri studied Electronics and Communications Engineering, graduating in 1989, while Satya Nadella, a CEO of Microsoft, achieved a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in the previous year.