Top 10 Universities in Nepal

Last updated on 2022-09-25
Top 10 Universities in Nepal

The education system in Nepal was formally based on home-schooling and gurukuls for a long time. In the past years, Nepal has made some important progress in its educational system. Nepal reached a higher educational milestone with the establishment of universities. In 1993 a multi-university concept was established in the nation extending the educational reach in the rural parts of the country. Due to the multi-university concept, various universities have been established throughout the country. In this article, we have listed the top ten universities of the nation based on their web content and research.

*The ranking is based on the number of affiliated colleges and faculties provided by the university.

10. Nepal Open University

Nepal Open University
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Nepal Open University was established in 2073 B.S. with its head office located in Lalitpur, Nepal. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. It is the country's first and only open university, with the goal of providing learners who are unable to attend traditional higher education institutions with fair access to high-quality education. The University aims to develop itself into a prominent higher education institution of the country, delivering open and distant education and training to the general public at a competitively low cost. The university programs prioritize the nation's present demands and aim to increase people's career chances. When compared to other higher education institutions in the country, the programs provided by Nepal Open University on offer are flexible and of comparable quality.

  • Number of Affiliated College : None
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2073 B.S.

9. Nepal Sanskrit University

Nepal Sanskrit University
Image Source: Nepal Sanskrit University | Official Website

Nepal Sanskrit University, in 2042 B.S. (formerly known as Mahendra Sanskrit University) was formed in Belzhundi Dang with the goal of making Sanskrit education accessible to all in Nepal and disseminating spiritual ideals and nobility within Sanskrit literature in accordance with the times. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. Through the activism of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah and the sacrifice and tireless efforts of the Nepali people, the work started by the then King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah in line with the goal of developing Sanskrit education as a center for institutional and layered development in Nepal has been established. Sanskrit educators from all across the country, including Dang, have contributed significantly to the conservation and advancement of Sanskrit education through the foundation of this university.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 8
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2042 B.S.

8. Far Western University

Far Western University
Image Source: Digital Ample

Far Western University was established in 2067 B.S. as a government-funded non-profit university located in Bhimdatta, Sudurpaschim Pradesh. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The University aims to be recognized as a leading institution dedicated to offering high-quality education and advancing research and innovation to satisfy society's demands. The far western university considers its mission to deliver the finest possible education by implementing a dynamic teaching-learning environment that takes into account all elements of students' academic growth. The university has made its efforts to cultivate and instill a positive attitude by continuing to learn how to act cautiously even in the face of adversity. The university also offers multiple academic programs for the students to choose from.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 14
  • Institutes/Faculties : 6
  • Established Date : 2067 B.S.

7. Lumbini Buddhist University

Lumbini Buddhist University
Image Source: Ratopati

Lumbini Buddhist University was established in 2061 B.S. with an idea that was conceived during the First World Buddhist Summit which was held in Lumbini. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal and partly from its students and affiliated colleges. It is an autonomous and public higher education institution dedicated to educating Nepalese citizens and enriching the worldwide learning community via the application of essential Buddhist values, as well as promoting world peace from Nepal. The University's constituent campuses and the Central Administration Offices are in Rupandehi, Lumbini. Lumbini Buddhist University also uses unique practice-based teaching strategies in order to assist its students in learning Buddhism.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 8
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2061 B.S.

6. Mid Western University

Mid Western University
Image Source: Techversary

The mid-western university was established in 2067 B.S. under the concept of multiple universities in the country. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. In its function as a Centre for the Advancement and Dissemination, Mid-West University is an autonomous institution whose aim is to expand the benefits of higher education to the people of Nepal and the global learning community. The University aspires to educate the students by improving their problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork skills, as well as instilling the value of social commitment in them, ethical behavior, and respecting others. Mid-Western University achieves its missions through a wide variety of programs that the university has to offer.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 11
  • Institutes/Faculties : 6
  • Established Date : 2067 B.S.

5. Agriculture and Forestry University

Agriculture and Forestry University
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

Agriculture and Forestry University, which is considered the first Technical University in the nation was established in Rampur, Chitwan in 2066 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The institution aspires to produce highly skilled human resources capable of working on high-quality agricultural research and development. It strives to promote the all-around development of agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, and forestry, with the goal of improving the socio-economic condition of the people from rural areas through high-quality and extensive teaching and research. The university's academic members are always active in a variety of research and development projects with the help of national and international institutions and agencies, which has led to the overall success of the university.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 7
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2066 B.S.

4. Purbanchal University

Purbanchal University
Image Source: Purbanchal University | Official Website

Purbanchal University was established with the vision to become a center of academic excellence in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal in 2049 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The University is believed to be established as a core for the overall development of rural areas, their economics, and as well as their environment. Its primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for the socio-economic development of Nepal by providing high-quality education that is suited for a good life and a bright future, which it has been achieving for the last 29 years. Purbanchal University conducts all of its multiple academic programs through its constituent campuses.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 120
  • Institutes/Faculties : 7
  • Established Date : 2049 B.S.

3. Pokhara University

Pokhara University
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

Pokhara University, which was established in 2054 B.S. is a non-profit university that is partly funded by the government and partly from its students and affiliated colleges. The university was formed under the government’s policy to improve access to higher education in multiple parts of the nation. Pokhara University offers a wide range of programs for the students of Bachelor’s, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. The University visions to lead the promotion of higher quality education, health, and community service throughout the nation. The university believes that quality education should not be rhetoric in nature but should be a reality so that the students value and develop their skills and have a sense of competitiveness.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 58
  • Institutes/Faculties : 4
  • Established Date : 2054 B.S.

2. Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University
Image Source: Kathmandu University | Official Website

Kathmandu University is a non-profit public institution for higher learning which was established in 2048 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The university offers a variety of long-term and short-term programs some of which have been introduced for the first time in the country which has been very appealing to the students. The University handled the coronavirus pandemic in a commendable way and made sure its students did not have any difficulty in the academic sector. For the past 30 years, the university has aimed to become a world-class institution for the upbringing of knowledge and technology for the service of the entire mankind. The University's slogan of "Moving knowledge and skills from the school to the community" seeks to assist the nation through meeting societal demands.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 28
  • Institutes/Faculties : 7
  • Established Date : 2048 B.S.

1. Tribhuvan University

Tribhuvan University
Image Source: Saral Notes

Tribhuvan University, the first national institution for the higher education of the country located at Kirtipur, is a public-funded university that was established in 2015 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is funded by the government of Nepal. It is considered one of the largest universities in the world in terms of the sheer size and diversity of the programs offered by the institution. Although the University is the oldest and largest in the nation, it handled the coronavirus pandemic rather unsatisfactorily. The University aims to develop highly capable human resources who can come forth in the overall development of the nation, implement a standard for higher education in Nepal and Involve extensive research in various fields. The university has been successfully achieving its aim for the past 63 years.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 1061
  • Institutes/Faculties : 9
  • Established Date : 2015 B.S.

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10.

Nepal Open University

9.

Nepal Sanskrit University

8.

Far Western University

7.

Lumbini Buddhist University

6.

Mid Western University

5.

Agriculture and Forestry University

4.

Purbanchal University

3.

Pokhara University

2.

Kathmandu University

1.

Tribhuvan University

10. Nepal Open University

Nepal Open University
Image Source: Media Edusanjal

Nepal Open University was established in 2073 B.S. with its head office located in Lalitpur, Nepal. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. It is the country's first and only open university, with the goal of providing learners who are unable to attend traditional higher education institutions with fair access to high-quality education. The University aims to develop itself into a prominent higher education institution of the country, delivering open and distant education and training to the general public at a competitively low cost. The university programs prioritize the nation's present demands and aim to increase people's career chances. When compared to other higher education institutions in the country, the programs provided by Nepal Open University on offer are flexible and of comparable quality.

  • Number of Affiliated College : None
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2073 B.S.

9. Nepal Sanskrit University

Nepal Sanskrit University
Image Source: Nepal Sanskrit University | Official Website

Nepal Sanskrit University, in 2042 B.S. (formerly known as Mahendra Sanskrit University) was formed in Belzhundi Dang with the goal of making Sanskrit education accessible to all in Nepal and disseminating spiritual ideals and nobility within Sanskrit literature in accordance with the times. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. Through the activism of King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah and the sacrifice and tireless efforts of the Nepali people, the work started by the then King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah in line with the goal of developing Sanskrit education as a center for institutional and layered development in Nepal has been established. Sanskrit educators from all across the country, including Dang, have contributed significantly to the conservation and advancement of Sanskrit education through the foundation of this university.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 8
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2042 B.S.

8. Far Western University

Far Western University
Image Source: Digital Ample

Far Western University was established in 2067 B.S. as a government-funded non-profit university located in Bhimdatta, Sudurpaschim Pradesh. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The University aims to be recognized as a leading institution dedicated to offering high-quality education and advancing research and innovation to satisfy society's demands. The far western university considers its mission to deliver the finest possible education by implementing a dynamic teaching-learning environment that takes into account all elements of students' academic growth. The university has made its efforts to cultivate and instill a positive attitude by continuing to learn how to act cautiously even in the face of adversity. The university also offers multiple academic programs for the students to choose from.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 14
  • Institutes/Faculties : 6
  • Established Date : 2067 B.S.

7. Lumbini Buddhist University

Lumbini Buddhist University
Image Source: Ratopati

Lumbini Buddhist University was established in 2061 B.S. with an idea that was conceived during the First World Buddhist Summit which was held in Lumbini. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal and partly from its students and affiliated colleges. It is an autonomous and public higher education institution dedicated to educating Nepalese citizens and enriching the worldwide learning community via the application of essential Buddhist values, as well as promoting world peace from Nepal. The University's constituent campuses and the Central Administration Offices are in Rupandehi, Lumbini. Lumbini Buddhist University also uses unique practice-based teaching strategies in order to assist its students in learning Buddhism.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 8
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2061 B.S.

6. Mid Western University

Mid Western University
Image Source: Techversary

The mid-western university was established in 2067 B.S. under the concept of multiple universities in the country. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. In its function as a Centre for the Advancement and Dissemination, Mid-West University is an autonomous institution whose aim is to expand the benefits of higher education to the people of Nepal and the global learning community. The University aspires to educate the students by improving their problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork skills, as well as instilling the value of social commitment in them, ethical behavior, and respecting others. Mid-Western University achieves its missions through a wide variety of programs that the university has to offer.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 11
  • Institutes/Faculties : 6
  • Established Date : 2067 B.S.

5. Agriculture and Forestry University

Agriculture and Forestry University
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

Agriculture and Forestry University, which is considered the first Technical University in the nation was established in Rampur, Chitwan in 2066 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The institution aspires to produce highly skilled human resources capable of working on high-quality agricultural research and development. It strives to promote the all-around development of agriculture, livestock, aquaculture, and forestry, with the goal of improving the socio-economic condition of the people from rural areas through high-quality and extensive teaching and research. The university's academic members are always active in a variety of research and development projects with the help of national and international institutions and agencies, which has led to the overall success of the university.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 7
  • Institutes/Faculties : 3
  • Established Date : 2066 B.S.

4. Purbanchal University

Purbanchal University
Image Source: Purbanchal University | Official Website

Purbanchal University was established with the vision to become a center of academic excellence in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal in 2049 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The University is believed to be established as a core for the overall development of rural areas, their economics, and as well as their environment. Its primary goal is to serve as a catalyst for the socio-economic development of Nepal by providing high-quality education that is suited for a good life and a bright future, which it has been achieving for the last 29 years. Purbanchal University conducts all of its multiple academic programs through its constituent campuses.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 120
  • Institutes/Faculties : 7
  • Established Date : 2049 B.S.

3. Pokhara University

Pokhara University
Image Source: The Kathmandu Post

Pokhara University, which was established in 2054 B.S. is a non-profit university that is partly funded by the government and partly from its students and affiliated colleges. The university was formed under the government’s policy to improve access to higher education in multiple parts of the nation. Pokhara University offers a wide range of programs for the students of Bachelor’s, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. The University visions to lead the promotion of higher quality education, health, and community service throughout the nation. The university believes that quality education should not be rhetoric in nature but should be a reality so that the students value and develop their skills and have a sense of competitiveness.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 58
  • Institutes/Faculties : 4
  • Established Date : 2054 B.S.

2. Kathmandu University

Kathmandu University
Image Source: Kathmandu University | Official Website

Kathmandu University is a non-profit public institution for higher learning which was established in 2048 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is partly funded by the government of Nepal. The university offers a variety of long-term and short-term programs some of which have been introduced for the first time in the country which has been very appealing to the students. The University handled the coronavirus pandemic in a commendable way and made sure its students did not have any difficulty in the academic sector. For the past 30 years, the university has aimed to become a world-class institution for the upbringing of knowledge and technology for the service of the entire mankind. The University's slogan of "Moving knowledge and skills from the school to the community" seeks to assist the nation through meeting societal demands.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 28
  • Institutes/Faculties : 7
  • Established Date : 2048 B.S.

1. Tribhuvan University

Tribhuvan University
Image Source: Saral Notes

Tribhuvan University, the first national institution for the higher education of the country located at Kirtipur, is a public-funded university that was established in 2015 B.S. The University is a non-profit institution that is funded by the government of Nepal. It is considered one of the largest universities in the world in terms of the sheer size and diversity of the programs offered by the institution. Although the University is the oldest and largest in the nation, it handled the coronavirus pandemic rather unsatisfactorily. The University aims to develop highly capable human resources who can come forth in the overall development of the nation, implement a standard for higher education in Nepal and Involve extensive research in various fields. The university has been successfully achieving its aim for the past 63 years.

  • Number of Affiliated College : 1061
  • Institutes/Faculties : 9
  • Established Date : 2015 B.S.

10.

Nepal Open University

9.

Nepal Sanskrit University

8.

Far Western University

7.

Lumbini Buddhist University

6.

Mid Western University

5.

Agriculture and Forestry University

4.

Purbanchal University

3.

Pokhara University

2.

Kathmandu University

1.

Tribhuvan University