University of Jos
|University of Jos|
|Motto||Discipline and Dedication|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Hayward Babale Mafuyai|
|Location||Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria|
The University of Jos(UNIJOS), abbreviated as Unijos, is a federal university in Jos, Plateau State, central Nigeria. The school offers courses in law, medicine, pharmacy, natural sciences, social sciences, the built environment as well as arts and humanities.
What became University of Jos was first established in November 1971 as a satellite campus of the University of Ibadan. The first students were admitted in January 1972 as pre-degree students with the first Bachelor of Arts degree program begun in October 1973. In October 1975, then military government under General Murtala Mohammed, established the Unijos as a separate institution. The first Vice-Chancellor of the Unijos was Professor Gilbert Onuaguluchi. Classes began at the newly reorganized University of Jos in October 1976 with 575 students spread over the existing four faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Natural Sciences and Medical Sciences. Post-graduate programs were added in 1977. By 1978 Faculties of Law and Environmental Sciences were established and the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences were separated.
In 2003, the Carnegie Corporation of New York gave Unijos a USD $2 million grant to form its own fund-raising department.
Notable scholars associated with the university include:
- Ali Mazrui, the Tanzanian political scientist
- Vincent Chukwuemeka Ike, novelist
- Helon Habila, novelist
- Kayode Ajulo, lawyer
- Ruth Okediji, intellectual property rights scholar
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