In order to gain world class ranking, the Madurai Kamaraj University is aiming at attracting foreign university students and faculties from across the world. it is planning to sign memoranda of understanding with 100 foreign universities to bring international students and faculty onboard.
This step will fulfill a criterion required for being one of the top universities in the world that demands 10% of the students and faculty from foreign universities. The university is said to have signed memoranda of understanding with universities in Malaysia and Sri Lanka for joint cooperation, during vice-chancellor P P Chellathurai's visit to those countries.
Speaking to the Times of India, Chellathurai had told reporters that MKU had signed an MoU with the Sri Lankan Eastern University which is considered national centre for excellence in higher education and research by the Sri Lankan government. The MoU will enable these two universities to collaborate on joint research, student exchange programmes and faculty exchange and knowledge sharing.
Meanwhile, the VC said, "As the first step, there will be an international conference titled 'Higher Education as Tool for Community Empowerment' at MKU jointly conducted by Eastern University and MKU. It will be a first of its kind international conference in Madurai Kamaraj University."
MKU has also signed an MoU with Binary University in Malaysia that excels in two streams-management studies and entrepreneurial studies. The MKU has signed an MoU with the university to start MA Tamil Programme. In return, the university start an MSc programme in social entrepreneurship where the expertise of the Binary University will be utilised.
The Malaysian University has also agreed to provide online content to train students and villagers on technical skills. MKU has adopted 421 villages, identifying 2,000 youngsters from the villagers for skill development.The university is also planning to construct hostel facilities of international standards.