Covenant University

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Covenant University
Covenant University Senate Building.jpg
Covenant's Senate Building
MottoRaising a New Generation of Leaders
Established21 October, 2002
ChancellorDr. David Oyedepo
Vice-ChancellorProfessor AAA Atayero[1]
Location, ,

Covenant University (CU) is located in Ota, Ogun State in Nigeria. It is a private Christian university, affiliated with Living Faith Church Worldwide and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Association of African Universities and National Universities Commission.[2][3] Over the years, Covenant University has grown to be one of the leading universities from Nigeria based on annual rankings from various organizations, scholarly citations from reputable journals and JAMB statistics.[4][5][6][7][8]

A View of Covenant University Campus

History and governance[edit]

The process of founding Covenant University (CU) started in October 1999, one month after the dedication of Faith Tabernacle in Ota. The university is a product of the Liberation Commission and was established by the World Mission Agency and the Living Faith Church Worldwide. Covenant University opened on 21 October 2002 in Canaanland, Ota, with a Pentecostal Christian mission ethos. It was founded by David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, who is chancellor of the university. [9]

World Mission Agency (WMA), a Christian mission organization, (an arm of Living Faith Church World Wide founded by Dr. David Oyedepo) is the proprietor of Covenant University. Dr. Oyedepo serves as the chancellor of the university and the chairman of the board of trustees of World Mission Agency. It is the board of trustees of World Mission Agency that appoints members and also elects the chairman of the board of regents (governing council) of Covenant University. The board is the apex governing body of the university. The chancellor of the university, Bishop Dr. David Oyedepo, is the chairman of the board of regents.

Pastor Abraham Ojeme was appointed pro-chancellor of the university on 23 September 2013. This was announced by the chancellor and chairman, board of regents, Dr. David Oyedepo, at a chancellor's special meeting with the management team. The chancellor said the appointment will facilitate decision-making and approval process in the university as well as spiritual oversight of the university community. According to the job description read by the chancellor, the pro-chancellor will represent the interest of the proprietors on behalf of the chancellor by providing visionary, spiritual and administrative oversight for the university through qualitative pursuit of her vision and mission while serving as the custodian of her culture and values.[citation needed]This office no longer exists in Covenant University.

Academic programmes and sports[edit]

Male Halls of Residence

Covenant University academic programmes runs in four Colleges namely College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS), College of Leadership Development Studies (CLDS), College of Engineering (COE) and College of Science and Technology (CST). School of Postgraduate Studies Covenant University runs postgraduate programmes in the entire curriculum listed above. Its sports facilities are swimming pool, football pitch, lawn tennis, table tennis, basketball, volleyball courts, etc. Covenant University is also one of the affiliated universities of the Nigeria Private University Games Association.[10]

Postgraduate halls of residence in Covenant University
Two of CU's ten halls
Covenant University Female halls of Residence.


Covenant University's Centre for Learning Resources, otherwise known as the University's Library, is situated between the female Hall of Residence Dorcas Hall and Esther Hall areas of the campus, and directly opposite the University's chapel. The total floor area of the complex is 11,300m/2. It is designed as a glass structure. It is located amidst the college buildings, the University Chapel and the Halls of Residence. It is able to accommodate up to 3000 readers and about 500 research staff and postgraduate.[citation needed]

The University‘s Library also supports the capacity building of Individuals with selective information, creation of spiritual and leadership development in accordance to Covenant University’s core values. [11]

Open access publishing[edit]

In January 2011 Covenant University adopted a policy that mandated all referred publications in journals, conferences and books to be deposited in the University open access repository. This applied to faculty and post-graduate students alike.[12]

Secondary school[edit]

Covenant University Secondary School was established on October 14, 2010 to cater for the young population within the university environment.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty members[edit]

Vice chancellors[edit]

Recent developments[edit]

Covenant University is a leading private institution in Nigeria based on number of prospective students/applicants that seeks to get admitted; Its admission requirements, cited scholarly journals and annual rankings. On September 26, 2018, it became the highest ranked Nigerian university[30] in the world universities ranking of the Times Higher Education (THE). Covenant was also recently selected[31] as one of the Africa Centres of Excellence for Development Impact (ACE Impact). Earlier in November, 2018, Covenant entered the Subject Rankings of the Times Higher Education (THE) for the first time in the Business and Economics subject category ranking 501+ globally[32]. Furthermore, in the recently released Engineering subject ranking, Covenant emerged in the 501-600 category[33]. In January 2015, it was ranked as the best university in Nigeria according to Webometrics.[34][35] A publication by Vanguard, that segregated universities in Nigeria into Grade A, B, etc. based on JAMB score ceiling; categorized Covenant University as a "Grade A" university.[36] The National Universities Commission in 2016, listed Covenant University as the best private school in Nigeria.[37] In 2017, the university retained its position as Nigeria's best private institution according to the same government agency.[4] [38] Again, in August 2017, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded Covenant University with the best private university in Nigeria award.[39] These feat was also reported in 2013[40] and 2014[41].

Covenant University has been statistically rated as the most preferred private university in Nigeria among university seekers since the public availability of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board data in 2014. It was the most sought-after private school in 2014[42][43], 2015[44], 2016[45] and 2017[5].

According to Elsevier, data from 2011 to 2015 show that Covenant University publications was rated number one in Wind power, Wind and turbine, Corrosion inhibitors, Carbon steel; and the second best in trade, Remittance, Effect and housing; Residential satisfaction, satisfaction among all universities worldwide.[46] Another report by Daily Independent newspaper which analyzed Elsevier Scival metrics showed that publications in Computer Science, Engineering, Business Management and Accounting from Covenant University ranked tops in Nigeria.[6]

In 2016, Africa Leadership Magazine listed Covenant University as one of the universities of excellence to be honoured in South Africa.[47]

At the Presidential Special Scholarship Scheme for Innovation and Development (PRESSID), which is an annual initiative by the Federal government of Nigeria to provide scholarship abroad to students that graduated with first class degrees from Nigerian universities, Covenant University had the highest number of students that scaled through the aptitude examination among all universities in Nigeria during the 2013, 2014 and 2015 academic sessions.[48]

A 2017 collaborative study by Stutern, Jobberman and BudgIT reveal that graduates from Covenant University are the "most employable" in Nigeria.[49][50][51][52] The study was criticized by some stakeholders for not having a large sample size.[53]

Techcabal rated Covenant University as having the best software developers in Nigeria.[54] The school was also listed as having one of the best five postgraduate schools in Nigeria by Nigeria Bulletin.[55] In January 2018, a Covenant University student, Ubani Peculiar Chinaemerem was awarded the best marketing student by the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria among all students in Nigerian universities.[56] In 2018, Covenant University won the Nigerian round of the CFA Institute Research Challenge, defeating the University of Lagos and Obafemi Awolowo University to become Nigeria's first representative in the global competition.[57][58] In 2018, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology awarded the school first position in innovative technology among all universities in Nigeria.[59] The school was placed third in the 2017 edition.[60]


Due to the strict codes of conduct as a Christian school and community, Covenant University has suffered numerous lawsuits and criticisms.[61][62][63][64]


  1. ^ Acting Vice Chancellor


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