Kannur University was founded in 1996 to boost higher education in Kasargod
districts and Mananthavady
taluk of Wayanad District
. The university building is situated at Mangattuparamba, about 18 km north of Kannur
This fast-growing university has various centers located at different places under its jurisdiction to provide study and research facilities. UGC has chosen it as one of the universities for its scheme of internationalization of higher education.
Nearly 50 colleges are affiliated to this university, which include professional colleges, training colleges, arts and science colleges and oriental title colleges. Departments in related disciplines are organized into schools, of which there are more than a dozen. The university has academic tie-ups with other institutions and universities such as the University of Applied Sciences at Calw in Germany.