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Far-western  University  (FWU)  was  established  in  2010  through  an  Act  of Parliament as a government funded university. Its main vision is to become a world class academic institution with the academic excellence, creative innovation and research based education. The strategic location of the University at the Far western region would not only support improving the access of local people to higher education but also create dynamism on the overall development of the region. The central office of the university is located at Bhimdatta Municipality of Kanchanpur district.  Since its  inception,  FWU has been striving  to fulfill  its  responsibility  of making  higher  education  accessible  to  the  people  of  this  region. The University has began fourteen undergraduate programs at its central campus in Mahendranagar under   the five Faculties (Humanities and  Social Sciences, Education, Management, Engineering,  Science  and  Technology). All the undergraduate courses of the university are of four-year duration. It has also started graduate programs in eight different disciplines.Recently,FWU has extended its programs in 14 constituents campuses in different districts of the province no 7. The FWU has recently established a Faculty of Agriculture Science at Tikapur Multiple Campus, Tikapur, Kailali and it plans to start Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSc.Ag.) programme from the academic year 2018/19.

Since 2014, the University has started Bachelor of Civil Engineering Program (4 Year Program) at School of Engineering to enhance and expand the capacity of the university to promote technical education.  All the engineering courses are now operated under the newly established Faculty of Engineering(FoE). The FoE aims to start bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, and Architecture, and Masters degree in Construction Project Management and Structural Engineering in the coming years.