Khovd University (Khu) is state institution of higher learning in Khovd, Mongolia. It was founded in 1979 as the Khovd State Pedagogical Institute and specializes in educational sciences. In 1993 it became the first branch institute of the National University of Mongolia in the countryside. In 2004 The University was granted independent status as Khovd University. Nowadays, Khovd University has 2500 students enrolled in 40 undergraduate and graduate programs. The university includes about 200 faculty staffs.
In 2007, structural changes were made and the Faculty of Natural Sciences (since 2009 renamed School of Science and Technology), the School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the School of Foreign Languages and Culture, Bayan-Olgii branch of Hovd University and administration of graduate studies were established. Its academic structure encompasses 4 schools, 19 departments, one center, the Sustainable development institute for western region of Mongolia, and multiple smaller research centers and laboratories. Since 2005, permission was granted to the university to administer a doctoral program in biology, geography and history.
The University encourages exchange programs, internships, guest lectures, joint research projects, and others. More than 200 students and 100 professors and university staff members have participated in these activities.
MOOCs are explaining to establish in foreign language direction. In the past year the University has launched foreign language summer school. More than 200 students have participated in these activities from China, Russia and Mongolia.
KHU School of Science and Technology provides classical education in geography, biology, chemistry and physics. Currently, it is one of the biggest schools: there are more than 450 students studying, more than 100 of them are getting state-subsidized education. Graduates are in great demand on the labor market due to their proficiency.