The Maldives National University maintains high academic standards
By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor
The Maldives needs little introduction to many visitors to the country. It is one of the most scenic extremely popular tourist destinations in whole of Asia. The Maldives has undergone tremendous transformation following the changes in the economy.
In recent years the Maldives islands is not just admired for its beauty but also for its emerging tertiary university system. Since opening its doors two years ago, the Maldives National University (MNU) has become the undisputed well-known tertiary institution giving the Maldivian students the widest possible scope and selection.
The MNU formerly known as the Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE) gained university status in February 15, 2011. Prior to the establishment of the Maldives National University (MNU) the Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE) had a long history of understanding, developing and responding to the needs of its students in the country.
The first Vice Chancellor to head this prestigious university in the Maldives was Dr. Hameed Hassan. Today the MNU is playing a pioneering role in the development of the modern education system throughout the islands of Maldives.
The academic staff at the university firmly believes in the skills of independent learning, creative thinking and developing adaptability .The University also has one of the largest libraries in the country. It houses several collections of national importance as well as providing access to a large number of current journals.
As the largest university of the country the Maldivian National University has an enrollment of 2,000 to 4,000 students in long and short term courses . The MNU offers a wide range of academic opportunities for men and women who wish to pursue their studies in higher education. The university is also a leading centre for youth culture. Learning is enhanced through lectures, fieldwork and workshops. The atmosphere in the university is positively friendly and busy.
The demand for the Maldives National University graduates by employers throughout the country and the ready acceptance of the Maldives degrees will reflect the standard s of academic excellence achieved in the countries higher education system.
Broad based and flexible general undergraduate courses in Maritime Studies, Education Hospitality & Tourism Studies, Islamic Studies, Management & Computing, Health sciences & Arts offer individuals the opportunity to develop a high degree of specialization in their chosen fields. The courses are administered by the relevant departments. The courses are designed to meet the needs of professional bodies, companies and individuals.
The courses at MNU aim to provide with a broad based academic experience and diverse career opportunities and scope for research .The academic standard maintained at the MNU are of the highest. The courses at MNU are broad based academically rigorous and graduates may choose to further build on the subject they have studied. The staff at the university has the experience to present and develop the subject interest.
The opportunity for students to explore and discover their own academic interests is one of the principal attractions at the Maldives National University. The university computer unit provides comprehensive computer facilities for all enrolled students and for the staff.
In the coming years the high level of academic achievement by the graduates of the Maldives National University (MNU) will be contributing to the cultural fabric of the tertiary system of the Maldives.