Benson Idahosa University

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The Benson Idahosa University (BIU) is a private, Christian university in Benin City, Nigeria.

BIU (previously named Christian Faith University) was renamed in honor of Archbishop Benson Idahosa in 1998, a Charismatic Pentecostal minister from Benin City, Nigeria, and reflects his evangelical beliefs. The president of Benson Idahosa University Rt. Rev (Dr.). Faith Emmanuel Benson Idahosa II, son of Benson Idahosa, Bishop of CGMi Faith Arena and Co-ordinator, Next Generation Leadership (NGL) of the Church of God Mission.

The University received the required license to operate as a private University in Nigeria from the National Universities Commission in February, 2002.[1]

BIU is fully accredited by Nigeria's higher education accreditation body, the National Universities Commission (NUC). BIU is the only University in Africa with International membership with the United States National Academy of Inventors (NAI)[2]


BIU (then Christian Faith University (CFU)) commenced admission into its campus in 1993 under the Institute of Continuous Learning (ICL) in 1993. Admissions was into two faculties- Basic Sciences and Management Sciences. National Diploma degrees were awarded to students on completion of two (2) year programme in affiliation with University of Benin, Benin City and Edo State University, Ekpoma. The Head of Management was referred to as the RECTOR. The rector was Prof. Uche Gbenedio. With support from Mr. Mike Okagbare (Registrar) and Mr. Adams (Bursar). Candidates were admitted into programmes in Computer Science, Computer Technology, Agriculture, Accounting, Economics and Political Science.


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