Gilgit Baltistan Education
University of Gigit Baltistan:
University of Baltistan, Skardu was established on August 25, 2017, under the “University of Baltistan Order 2016” as a federal public-sector university. The University is open to all persons of either gender and of whatever religion, race, creed, class, color, or domicile. Earlier, as a higher education institution, the university started functioning as a sub-campus of Karakoram International University in 2011 with four departments including Computer Science, Modern Languages, Business Management and Educational Development. The Department of Biological Sciences was established in 2017 hence increasing the number of departments to five.
The University of Baltistan, Skardu is a public-sector university and the only higher education institution offering various degree programs in the region. The establishment of this university has multiplied future prospects for the local, national, and international students. At present, the University offers admissions in BS and masters programs in the departments of Computer Science, Modern Languages, Business Management, and Educational Development, however, all the five departments offer BS programs
Karakoram International University:
The University was established in 2002 in Gilgit by a charter from the Federal Government on the orders of General Pervez Musharraf, the then President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and in July 2011, its Skardu campus was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah, this campus was later upgraded to the independent University of Baltistan in 2017. In 2014, during the visit of the Chancellor of KIU and The President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, His Excellency Mr. Mamnoon Hussain, announced the establishment of KIU Hunza and Women Campus. Consequently, KIU Hunza Campus started its academic programs in 2016. In addition, KIU’s Ghizer and Diamer Campuses were established in 2018 under the HEC’s vision2025 to provide access to higher education at the district level.
The main campus is situated against a dramatic backdrop of steep mountains at the confluence of the Gilgit and Hunza rivers. Before the establishment of the university, the students of Gilgit-Baltistan had to go down-country or abroad for seeking their undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate studies, as a result, they had to suffer a lot, but now, they can access university at their doorsteps.