Nnamdi Azikiwe University

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Nnamdi Azikiwe University
Former names
Motto Discipline, Self Reliance and Excellence[1]
Type Public
Established 1991
Vice-Chancellor Joseph E Ahaneku
Location Nigeria Awka, Nigeria
Campus Urban
Nickname Unizik
Affiliations AAU,[2] IAU[3]
Website www.unizik.edu.ng

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is a Federal university in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State's capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.


Nnamdi Azikiwe University came into being as an offshoot of the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ASUTECH which was established through Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the Government of the old Anambra operated as a multi-campus university, with campuses in Abakiliki, Enugu, Awka and Nnewi. In 1991, following the split of the old Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former ASUTECH were constituted into Nnamdi Azikiwe University by the Anambra State Edict No.5 of November 26, 1991. Nnamdi Azikiwe University was taken over by the Federal Government by Decree No. 34 of July 15, 1992. In 1991, after the former Anambra State was split into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) were combined into Nnamdi Azikiwe University, which was later taken over by Federal government. The university is named after Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. The Awka Campus became Nnamdi Azikiwe University. In 1992, the Federal Government of Nigeria took over the University from Anambra State. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, thus, became a Federal University.[1]

Location Of The University[edit]

Nnamdi Azikiwe University administration building

The main campus of the University is located at Awka sited thirty-five kilometers to the South-West of Awka, the second campus is at Nnewi (NAUTH and Okofia) and the third campus is at Agulu (Faculty of Pharmacy).


The University had a population of 24,706 for the full-time and 12,476 students for the part-time programmes during the 2004/2005 academic year.[citation needed]

The university offers a diverse range of courses of study, including Arts, Natural Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Medical and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, African Languages, European Languages, and Education. Nnamdi Azikiwe University is founded on the philosophy that knowledge should be propagated and disseminated to individuals without let or hindrance. Teaching and Research would be anchored on the needs of the Nigerian and International society generally. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, after whom the University is named, stands out clearly in the history of University education in Nigeria and Africa in general. In the discharge of its mission, the University lives up to the ideals of this renowned Nigerian statesman, by making University education pragmatic, and using it to forge unity among the various communities in Nigeria and the International community.


  1. ^ a b "About Nnamdi Azikiwe University". www.unizik.edu.ng. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  2. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University". www.aau.org Association of African Universities. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 
  3. ^ "Nnamdi Azikiwe University - WHED - IAU's World Higher Education Database". www.whed.net. Retrieved 2015-02-22. 

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