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.