Babcock University

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Babcock University
Babcock University Logo.jpg
Former names
Adventist College of West Africa, Adventist Seminary of West Africa
Motto Knowledge, Truth, Service
Type Private
Established 1959
Affiliation Seventh-day Adventist Church
Chancellor Gilbert Wari
Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Ademola Tayo
Chaplain Tunde Ojewole
Students 10,000+
Location Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
Government accreditation 1999

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 equidistant between Ibadan and Lagos. Enrolment was about 6,000 as of 2009.[1]

It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[2][3][4][5]


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. In 1975, it changed its name to Adventist Seminary of West Africa (ASWA). The university was officially inaugurated on April 20, 1999.[6]

Academic divisions[edit]

From the initial four schools, Babcock 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:[7]

  • School of Agriculture & Industrial Technology
  • Babcock Business School
  • College of Health & Medical Sciences
  • School of Basic & Applied Science (formerly known as 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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nigeria's Adventist university commended for exemplary educational standards. Adventist News Network. Retrieved 2009-08-22
  2. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  4. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ History. Babcock University. Retrieved 2009-08-22
  7. ^ About Babcock
  8. ^ Lechleitner, Elizabeth (2012-06-11). "New Adventist medical school in Nigeria is denomination’s first in Africa". Adventist News Network, ANN. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 

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