Bayero University Kano

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Bayero University Kano, BUK
Jamiatu Bayero Kano
Former names
Ahmadu Bello College
Abdullahi Bayero College,
Bayero University College
Motto "...and above every possessor of knowledge there is One more learned" "وفوق كل ذي علم عليم"
Type Public University
Established 1977
Chancellor Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuade
Vice-Chancellor Muhammad Yahuza Bello
Administrative staff
Students 37,747
Location Kano, Kano State, Nigeria
Campus Multi-campus

Bayero University Kano (BUK) is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1977, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from university college to university; in 1980 it ceased functioning as a faculty of the Ahmadu Bello University. It has Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, Earth and Environmental Studies, Pharmacy, Social and Management Science. Research Centers include: Center for Dryland Agriculture, Center for Biotechnology Research, Center for Renewable Energy and Center for the Study of Nigerian Languages among others. The University also houses the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIIBF), the only one in the country. It is located approximately 12.8 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) from the city along the Kano-Gwarzo Rd.


Ahmadu Bello College, named for Premier of Northern Nigeria Ahmadu Bello, was founded in January 1960 in Kano as part of the School for Arabic Studies. When Ahmadu Bello University was founded in Zaria, Kaduna State, Ahmadu Bello College was renamed to Abdullahi Bayero College, after Abdullahi Bayero, Emir of Kano (ruled 1927 to 1953).[1]

Starting January 1964 the college was situated at the Kano Airport Hotel, a location it remained at until March 1968, when it moved to western Kano to make way for a military hospital (the Nigerian Civil War having started the previous year). The first students began their studies in February 1964, and they graduated in July 1966. Starting in 1966, the institution served as the Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies of Ahmadu Bello University.[1]

In 1975, the college became a university college, and was renamed Bayero University College, with Mahmud Tukur as principal. In 1977, the status was again changed, to that of university, and Bayero University became the name; Tukur became Vice-Chancellor. In 1980 the university ceased functioning as a faculty of its Zaria counterpart.[1]

List of leaders[edit]

Bayero University Kano campus
Bayero University Kano campus
SAS Principal (and director of college section)
Provost of Abdullahi Bayero College
Principal of Bayero University College
Vice Chancellor (1977-October 1977)

See also[edit]

Bayero University Kano library
Bayero University Kano library
Former instructors
Holders of honorary degrees


  1. ^ a b c "History of BUK". Bayero University Kano. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 

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Coordinates: 11°58′50″N 8°28′46″E / 11.98056°N 8.47944°E / 11.98056; 8.47944