“To become a world-class university devoted to bringing knowledge and technology to the service of mankind”.
“To provide quality education for leadership”
A Brief Introduction
Kathmandu University is an autonomous, not-for-profit, non - government institution dedicated to maintain high standards of academic excellence. It is committed to develop leaders in professional areas through quality education.
It is located in a mountainous landscape in Dhulikhel Municipality about 30 kilometers east of Kathmandu (KTM) having round-the-year pleasant climate and panoramic Himalayan Views.
KU had a very modest start from a rented building at Tangal, Kathmandu. Now, it has been able to create a built up space of 46,846 square meters.
Within a period of 21 years, KU has built not only reasonable infrastructure, but also established a track record of academic excellence. At present, the University offers various undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate programs in science, engineering, medicine, management, education, arts, pharmacy, environment, music, human & natural resources, information technology and biotechnology, through School of Science, School of Management, School of Engineering, School of Medical Sciences, School of Education and School of Arts. In addition to 3695 students studying in its constituent campuses 7500 students are in its affiliated colleges.
The academic programs of the University are based on credit-semester system with continuous internal evaluations. The University has adopted 1 to 10 teacher–student ratio. However, KU is very cautious in recruitment of every single faculty or non-teaching staff. The staff strength at KU is 458 for teaching and 725 for nonteaching (Including Paramedical staff). The academic calendar of minimum 230 days is strictly adhered to; admission of students is based on merit, based on their score in the previous examination and written and oral entrance tests.
Every School has its own Teacher Welfare Society, Student Welfare Council and Staff Welfare Society. The Executive Board is composed of members elected by teachers and students for the welfare of their community. Quality control is strictly followed in all programs of the university. In addition, to continually enhance the educational standard, KU has been successfully collaborating with more than fifty universities and institutions of international repute for faculty and students exchange programs, credit transfer and joint research work and exchange information. This has helped KU to establish itself well in the world community.
Objectives and Thrust
Higher education should become a high quality education resulting in the development of overall personality of the student. As education shapes human life and the type of society in which we live, it becomes an investment to improve the quality of life for everyone in the nation. Therefore, KU is being developed with objectives to:
- Promote all-round development of the students’ abilities and personalities;
- Develop awareness about the role of science and its application in understanding problems of the contemporary society;
- Extend and disseminate knowledge and foster its application;
- Create knowledge industry through accessing the sources of knowledge at the global level, processing them and providing access to such knowledge to the people.
- Establish a community of scholars, students, and staff in which understanding and
wisdom can grow and flourish.
The main thrust of KU is to make it a research-cum-teaching university in science, management, engineering, medical sciences, arts, and education.
The long-term strategy for its development are:
- Achieving excellence in teaching;
- Providing strong support to professional courses;
- Strengthening research activities in the fields of environment, energy, medicinal plants and information technology