The top leading universities in Kerala (India) include University of Kerala, University of Calicut, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, Kerala Agricultural University, Kannur University, Mahatma Gandhi University, among others.

University of Kerala was founded as the University of Travancore in the erstwhile princely state of Travancore (now southern part of Kerala and some neighbouring parts of state of Tamilnadu) in 1937. The University has a number of study centres in specialised areas such as Nano-technology, Kerala Studies, Bioinformatics, Womens Studies, Learning Difficulties, Sree Narayana Studies, Gandhian Studies, etc.

The University of Calicut is the second university to be set up in Kerala. It has also set up extension centres at Thrissur, Calicut and Vatakara. The University campus, located at Tenhipalam in Malappuram district, is the main hub of academic activities.

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is a government owned autonomous university in Kerala, India. It has entered into academic collaborations and exchange programmes with many prestigious institutions across the USA, Europe, Russia, Japan, France, Korea, and more.

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) is a Premier Educational Institute offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. IIMK is one of the few Centres for Development of Digital Libraries in the world and is a leader in the country. The Institute has a strong International Exchange Programme for students and faculty with several leading Management Institutes in EU and ASEAN countries like SDA, Bacconi, Jonkoping, Sweden, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, ESCAP-EAP, France; etc.

The Kerala Agricultural University provides high quality education programmes at Masters as well as Doctoral levels, in almost all the disciplines and specialties on various subjects related to agriculture. In 2001, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research has adjudged the Kerala Agricultural University as the best performing University among the thirty five State Agricultural Universities and deemed Universities in the country.

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