Maldives National University

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The Maldives National University
ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޤައުމީ ޔުނިވަރސިޓީ
Former names
Maldives College of Higher Education (MCHE)
Established1973 (As Allied Health Services Training Centre)
ChancellorDr. Mohamed Latheef
Vice-ChancellorDr. Ali Fawaz Shareef
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The Maldives National University (Dhivehi: ދިވެހިރާއްޖޭގެ ޤައުމީ ޔުނިވަރސިޓީ) is a university in the Maldives. The university's mission statement is "To create, discover, preserve and disseminate knowledge that is necessary to enhance the lives and livelihoods of people and essential for the cultural, social and economic development of the society so that this nation can remain free and Islamic forever.” The definite article "the" is a requirement and stated in the University Act.

MNU promotes Islamic Dhivehi traditions and values; likewise like it is explained in the mission statement to remain a free and Islamic nation forever. MNU has seven values it holds true to: 1. Honour, Honesty, and Integrity 2. Service to the nation 3. Rational inquiry and critical thinking 4. Lifelong learning, teamwork and leadership 5. Self-discipline and respect for the law 6. Respect for people and their institution. 7. Shared governance and decision making. Number 1. Hold true to Honour, honesty, and integrity; meanwhile, not tolerating liars, cheater, and stealers. Number 2. Puts the purposes of the nation first and serves the nation. Number 3. Makes it an obligation to think critically for the primary purpose of human endeavor. Number 4. Promotes lifelong learning as a group. Number 5. Encourages self-discipline in individual’s life and submissive to peacekeepers. Number 6. Tries to keep and maintain an enlightened entity in the area. Number 7. Puts an emphasis on shared decision making in the role of management through the merge of government and school.

In 1973 The first Ministry of health was created at NMU. In 1974, the vocational and trade center was established, providing mechanical and electrical trades. In 1984 the institution for Teacher education was created. In 1987 a tourism school was established for the sole purpose of tourism in the Maldives. In 1991 The Institute of Management and Administration was created; in order, to train staff for public and private services. In 1998 The Maldives of Higher Education was founded. On January 1999 the Institute of Shar’ah and law was founded. In 2000 College launched first-degree Program: Bachelor of Arts. On 17 January 2011 The Maldives National University Act was passed by the President of the Maldives, The Maldives National University got its name on 15 February 2011.[1][2]


MCHE was established on 1 October 1998 by the government of Maldives. Though what is today known as MCHE was there since 1973 as Allied Health Services Training Centre which later was renamed as Faculty of Health Sciences established by the Ministry of Health.

The college was administered by a council called College Council, headed by Late Mr.Abdul Sattar Moosa Didi

The first chancellor of the university was Dr. Musthafa Luthufee, who has later resigned from the post.


  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering, Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism Studies
  • Faculty of Law and Islamic Studies
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Medicine
  • MNU Business School
  • Centre for Maritime Studies
  • Centre for Open Learning
  • Centre for Foundation Studies


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Coordinates: 4°10′17″N 73°30′33″E / 4.171297°N 73.509068°E / 4.171297; 73.509068