SHASTRY V. MALLADY
Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia and Sudan to come on the university’s radar.
The Madurai Kamaraj University is scaling up its international presence by expanding the horizon of its distance education operations. Global destinations on the MKU radar right now are Abu Dhabi, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Sudan where it is planning to open centres.
At present, 12 overseas centres of the university are functioning in countries such as U.S., Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Sharjah, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The university is seeing good demand for its BBA and MBA programmes besides computer science courses.
R. Karpaga Kumaravel, MKU vice-chancellor, gave a kickstart to the process of strengthening the international network of university’s study centres by undertaking a visit to the proposed locations recently.
As a first step, he inaugurated the Madurai Kamaraj University Free Zone Campus at the Free Trade Zone in Ras Al Khaimah, an emirate under the U.A.E. bordering Oman, on May 8. “This launch of academic programmes in a free zone campus overseas is a first of its kind initiative for our university. The visit was very fruitful,” the vice-chancellor said. At Dubai, Dr. Karpaga Kumaravel interacted with the students enrolled with MKU and got feedback from them.
“The response from students was encouraging and we found that our university enjoys very good reputation for its distance education courses,” he said after returning from the overseas trip a few days back.
Extensive discussions were held with higher officials at the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Saudi Arabia. The vice-chancellor made a presentation on the higher education system in India. He also visited Khartoum, the capital of the African nation of Sudan, where he interacted with embassy officials/Indians and prepared a plan to establish a distance education centre in that country.
“If we open the proposed three centres at Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Sudan, the number of overseas centres would go up to 15. Currently, around 4,000 students are on the rolls of our university outside India,” said S. Vadivelu, Director of Distance Education, MKU.