Babcock University

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Babcock University
Babcock University Logo.jpg
Former names
Adventist College of West Africa, Adventist Seminary of West Africa
MottoKnowledge, Truth, Service
AffiliationSeventh-day Adventist Church
ChairpersonBassey Effiong Okon Udoh[1]
PresidentAdemola Tayo[1]
Vice-ChancellorIheanyichukwu O. Okoro, Sunday A. Owolabi[1]
Vice ChairsFrancis F. Daria, Oyeleke A. Owolabi[1]
Location, ,
CampusMain Campus Ilishan-Remo, Mini Campus Iperu, Remo
Government accreditation1999
ColoursBlue and Gold

Babcock University is a private Christian co-educational Nigerian university owned and operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria. The university is located at Ilishan-Remo equidistant between Ibadan and Lagos. Enrolment was about 6,000 as of 2009.[2]

In 2017, the university had its first set of graduates from the Ben Carson School of Medicine[3][4]

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[5][6][7][8]


Babcock University was named after an American missionary by the name of David C. Babcock, who pioneered the work of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nigeria in 1914. He was based in Erunmu in Oyo State, Nigeria.

The university was established as the Adventist College of West Africa (ACWA) in 1959, initially with seven students; who were hosted at the home of Chief Olufemi Okulaja. In 1975, it changed its name to Adventist Seminary of West Africa (ASWA). The university was officially inaugurated on April 20, 1999.[9]

Academic divisions[edit]

From the initial four schools, Babcock University has added a postgraduate school in the third quarter of 2010 and a medical school in January 2012. The latest additions are the Music and Educational Foundations departments to the Joel Awoniyi School of Education & Humanities. As at 2013, Babcock hosts nine schools and one college: They are:[10]

  • School of Agriculture & Industrial Technology.
  • Babcock Business School.
  • College of Health & Medical Sciences.
  • School of Basic & Applied Science (formerly Science & Technology).
  • School of Computing &Engineering Sciences.
  • School of Education and Humanities.
  • School of Law & Security Studies.
  • School of Nursing.
  • School of Public & Applied Health.
  • School of Post Graduate Studies.


Notable Alumni[edit]

Shola Akinlade, CEO Paystack[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research. "Babcock University". The Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Nigeria's Adventist university commended for exemplary educational standards. Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2009-08-22
  3. ^ Adebayo, Folashade (31 January 2017). "Babcock graduates first set of medical students". The Punch. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  4. ^ Adebayo, Folashade; Jesusegun, Alagbe (19 September 2016). "We'll graduate maiden doctors by December". The Punch. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  5. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 18 June 2010.
  8. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (1 April 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  9. ^ History Archived 24 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine. Babcock University. Retrieved 2009-08-22
  10. ^ About Babcock Archived 13 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Lechleitner, Elizabeth (11 June 2012). "New Adventist medical school in Nigeria is denomination's first in Africa". Adventist News Network, ANN. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  12. ^ Nsehe, Mfonobong. "Nigerian Fintech Startup Paystack Raises $1.3 Million". Forbes.

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