Manipal Academy of Higher Education, located in Manipal
, is a nucleus of 53 educational institutes. This was the first institute in the private sector to be recognized as a deemed university.
It has faculties of medicine, dentistry and nursing and also offers a various degree and non-degree courses in allied health subjects. Manipal Group of Institutions has established collaboration with foreign universities at the degree level in medicine, management and engineering. This collaborative program is called a Twinning Program in which the students take up the first two years study of a degree program at Manipal and the last two years in the USA or Australia. The degree is awarded by the foreign university.