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.