Andhra University plans tie up with Singapore varsity to enhance ranking

The varsity is set to organise a Grand Alumni Meet in October this year to collect donations to make AU self-sufficient.

By: PTI | Visakhapatnam | Updated: July 30, 2016 11:48 am

The Andhra University (AU) will tie up with National University of Singapore to re-position itself as one of the top 50 universities in the world in the coming years.

Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G Nageswara Rao told reporters here yesterday that his first priority is to make AU one of the best universities as it is necessary for it to be familiar with international ranking systems and their performance indicators.

Admitting that AU has been facing funds crunch for past few years, Rao said that the varsity has decided to organise Grand Alumni Meet on October 12, 2016 with around 20,000 former students. Donations from the alumni can make AU self-sufficient and it can be developed with alumni corpus fund.

Quoting the examples of universities such as Harvard, Stanford and few other top universities across the globe that were developed by the alumni, Rao said that AU has produced many leaders, bureaucrats and entrepreneurs. Hence we are expecting best assistance from the alumni for the development of the university, he said.

Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu and few other ministers from state and union government will inaugurate the Alumni meet, he added.

The varsity is the first residential and teaching-cum-affiliating research. It is mostly concentrated on post-graduate research work. It was established in 1926. On July 1, 1931, the university inaugurated its University College of Arts, initially offering Telugu language and literature, History, Economics and Politics courses. Within a year, the College of Science and Technology. The university received Grade ‘A’ certification from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in April 2002. As of now, AU offers 313 courses, the University College of Arts and Commerce offering the most number of courses.

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