The University was established in 2002 by a charter from the federal government on the orders of General Pervez Musharraf, then President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The University is situated against a dramatic backdrop of steep mountains at the confluence of the Gilgit and Hunza rivers.
The main campus of the university is located in Gilgit, the central town of Gilgit-Baltistan. Gilgit has an airport, providing daily flights to Islamabad, punctuated by adverse weather conditions. The famous Karakoram Highway (KKH) connects Pakistan with China, passing through Gilgit. An offshoot of the KKH connects Gilgit with Skardu (Baltistan).
Gilgit gets very hot in June and July, whereas it is severely cold in December and January. However, travel by road and by air continues throughout the year.
The campus, situated on the University Road, is easily accessible from the airport and the bus station. Taxis are found all around the town and are a convenient method of transport.
Skardu Campus of KIU was inaugurated by then Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan in July 2011. It is located at Hussainabad road Skardu.
According to its charter, KIU is to be a multi-campus university and is seeking to establish additional campuses where feasible, according to the availability of special support, local resources, and indigenous expertise. Currently, the main campus has nearly 3100 students, nearly 150 faculty members and over a hundred administrative staff in sixteen academic departments. Skardu Campus has been started with four disciplines i.e. English, Computer Sciences, Business Management and Education.
It is difficult to choose alma mater from a list of universities. First, it is a unique university, situated as it is in the mountainous areas of Pakistan.
Its training and education focus primarily on mountain environment and resource development with contextual relevance and field based experience. Second, the educational strategy followed at KIU is somewhat unconventional, more visionary and application oriented.
Its moves away from the conventional and rigid compartmentalization of departments and facilitates a multidisciplinary integration in formulating courses, projects and programs that are most suited to the diverse needs of the mountain areas. However, in terms of quality, it ensures that graduates are on a level playing field with others when it comes to competition for jobs and further study.
The teaching and learning methodology is increasingly adopting and practicing interactive and participatory learning with exclusive use of multimedia, overhead projectors and tutorial classes. Furthermore, KIU offers training in vocations and technology currently in demand and likely to become increasingly in demand, through multi-technology workshops. Students have the option to undertake such training in the evening alongside their formal course of study. Other individuals, both male and female, could join the university for day courses and become employable skilled human resources.
The Gilgit Baltistan is fortunate to have a number of professional NGOs that have been serving at grassroots level for decades. Through collaborative endeavors opportunities are being created and such places to participate in the relevant field based programs. Such endeavors aim to promote a more versatile graduate, who has more options for a future career and more opportunities for employment.
Finally, KIU is placed amidst a heavenly setting of hills, mountains, glaciers, meadows, fruit orchards, streams, rivers and snow covered peaks. Not many places can boast of such a beautiful setting. Thousands upon thousands have visited the mountains of the north. So, why not be a part of such an exciting environment?
Duration: 2015 onward
Duration: June 2009 To June 2014
Duration: April 2005 To March 2009
Duration: 2002 To 2004