Vice Chancellor: MNU struggling to attract international students

Maldives National University senior officials meeting with the Parliament's Committee on National Development and Heritage on October 29, 2019. (Photo/Parliament)

Maldives National University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Mohamed Shareef has stated that university is struggling to attract international students after being questioned why international students were a rare sight at the university in yesterday’s Committee on National Development and Heritage meeting.

The Vice-Chancellor stated that the university was ill-equipped to attract international students.

“The Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies was initially developed for that (international students). However, the building and faculty are properly utilized. The reason is the difficulty in space and we would also have to find accommodation for international students should they come,”

“So, the best way to attract international students would be to resolve the issues of space currently faced by the university”. said, Dr. Shareef.

Dr. Shareef also stated that the number of international students would increase if courses such as marine science and environment were commenced.

“We surely have a lab that other locations in the world would not.” said the Vice-Chancellor.

MNU Chancellor Dr. Hassan Hameed also stated at the committee yesterday that the priority of the university under the law was on enhancing the living standards of locals and this meant prioritizing locals.

“The Nursing course is a very quality course and would attract students from abroad. but how can we reserve seats on the course for students abroad when there is a huge demand in the Maldives?” said the Chancellor.

National University Registrar Dr. Saudulla Ali stated that MNU currently has just 17 international students. He also stated that applications were received for the Nursing course from countries such as Nigeria, but that the priority was on local students. He also informed that international students are charged more and often face difficulties in finding accommodations.