|Motto||Quality Education for Leadership|
|Chancellor||Prime Minister of Nepal|
|Location||Dhulikhel, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur, Nepal|
|Vice Chancellor||Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha|
Kathmandu University (KU)(काठमाण्डौ विश्वविद्यालय) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government, public institution. It is the third oldest university in Nepal, located in Dhulikhel, Kavrepalanchok District, about 35 km east of Kathmandu. KU was established in 1991 with the motto "Quality Education for Leadership". This university operates through its six schools and from premises in Dhulikhel, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.
The university provides undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the fields of engineering, science, management, arts, education and medical sciences. It provides undergraduate courses in engineering (computer, electrical & electronics, and mechanical), science (pharmacy and biology & applied biology), management (Master in Business Administration), undergraduate studies in music and short courses provided by the School of Arts and the School of Education.
When established in November 1991 as a non-profit, autonomous, public university by an Act KU became first privately managed public institution of higher learning in Nepal. The predecessor of the university was the Kathmandu Valley Campus founded in 1985. The campus started as a private campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University and offered courses in science at intermediate level (I.Sc).
Kathmandu University started its academic program in 1992 with an Intermediate in Science program. In 1994, the university launched Bachelor programs in Pharmacy, Biology and Engineering (electrical and electronics, computer and mechanical). Later, Environmental Sciences was included in its academic program. M.Phil and PhD programs were started in 1997.
Organization and Institutions
Kathmandu University provides education through seven schools:
- School of Science
- School of Arts & Humanities
- School of Education
- School of Social Sciences
- School of Engineering
- School of Management (KUSOM)
- School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS, formerly known as KUMS)
- School of Law
The School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS) and the School of Engineering have the most students. The School of Medical Science was formerly known as KUMS, but in 2006 its name was changed to KUSMS, with the view that the school not only trains medical graduates and postgraduates but also runs paramedical disciplines. The School of Engineering is present in the university premises unlike other schools which have affiliated colleges around the nation. School of Engineering currently runs undergraduate and graduate level courses mostly in Electrical and Electronics, Mechanical and Computer Engineering. It has also recently launched Civil and Geomatics Engineering. The School of Science is currently conducting classes in B.Sc Human Biology, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bio Technology and Applied Physics.
The university, in partnership with Rangjung Yeshe Institute, runs the Centre for Buddhist Studies. The centre offers undergraduate and graduate programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Buddhist Studies and Himalayan languages. It provides research facilities for visiting international scholars of Buddhism for their graduate or postgraduate projects. In the summer, it hosts study-abroad programs and conducts intensive language immersion programs in Tibetan, Nepali, and Sanskrit.
The university owns Kathmandu University High School.
Except for the School of Education and School of Management, the schools operate from the university's premises at Dhulikhel. Four batches of students have completed their MBA programs from the School of Management. The first convocation of the university was held on 7 August 1995 and the convocation address was given by management guru, Dr. M.B. Atreya of India. The second convocation was held on 8 December 1996 and the convocation address was delivered by Professor N. Gyanam, Vice Chancellor, Pondicherry University and the President of Association of Indian Universities. The third convocation was held on 9 November 1997 and the convocation address was delivered by Professor (Dr.) M. Rammohan Rao, director, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. The fourth convocation, held in 17 September 1998, was addressed by the prominent scholar and ex-vice chancellor of Norwegian Institute of Technology, Norway. For the first time in Nepal, Kathmandu University convocated a batch of mechanical, electrical, electronics and computer science and engineering graduates.
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- Scholarships in Canada.
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- Scholarships in Japan.
- Scholarships in USA.
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