Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) is a state government-owned autonomous university in Kochi, Kerala, India. It has three campuses: one in Kalamassery, Kochi, one in Ernakulam Town, and one in Kuttanad, Alappuzha, 66 km (41 mi) inland. The university awards degrees in engineering and science at the undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels. The university was founded in 1971 as the University of Cochin through an Act of the Kerala Legislature, which was the result of a campaign for post-graduate education in the state. CUSAT is now a world-ranking university with the specific purpose of developing higher education, emphasizing post-graduate studies and research in applied science, technology, industry, humanities, and commerce. CUSAT has consecutively figured in the Times Higher Education World Ranking since 2017. The University aims to become an Institution of Global Standard by continuously improving its quality of academic activities, taking up research and innovation in the frontier areas and by ensuring conducive state-of-the-art infrastructural facilities.