Pan-Atlantic University

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Coordinates: 6°29′13.1″N 3°51′19.9″E / 6.486972°N 3.855528°E / 6.486972; 3.855528

Pan-Atlantic University
Former names
Pan-African University
Type Private, Non-profit
Established 2002
Chairman Pascal G. Dozie
Vice-Chancellor Juan M. Elegido
Location Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria
Campus Metropolitan
Ibeju-Lekki Campus (100 hectares (250 acres)
Ajah Campus (10 hectares (25 acres)
Colours PAU Blue
Logo of Pan-Atlantic University.png

Pan-Atlantic University is a private, non-profit educational institution in Lagos, Nigeria. The university had its origin as the Lagos Business School (LBS), established in 1991. The federal government approved the university as Pan-African University in 2002, and the LBS became its first school. In May 2013 its name was changed to Pan-Atlantic University, in order to avoid confusion with the Pan-African University of the African Union.[1] The Ajah Campus was completed in 2003 and in 2010 work began on the Ibeju-Lekki campus.[2]

In September 2011 the university launched the Virtual Museum of Modern Nigerian Art, a website created by Jess Castellote, a Spanish architect that includes over 400 works from 81 artists, including pioneering Nigerian artists such as Aina Onabolu and Bruce Onobrakpeya and emerging artists such as Richardson Ovbiebo and Babalola Lawson.[3]

The University's Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) works with the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Department of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to provide the SME Toolkit Nigeria. This gives small businesses free business management information and training.[4] In November and December 2011 the EDC, for the first time, marked the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), with a series of events in Lagos.[5] Many Nigerians have ambitions to start a business, and the conference was extremely well-attended.[6] EDC has been the GEW host for Nigeria since then.[7]

In July 2011 British Prime Minister David Cameron spoke at the Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos, discussing aid, trade and democracy. He spoke in favor of an African free trade area, and of increased trade with Britain.[8]

On 17 November 2014 the University launched its first ever undergraduate programmes in its new campus at Ibeju-Lekki.[9]


  1. ^ "Pan-African University Changes Name To Pan-Atlantic". Channels Incorporated Limited. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  2. ^ "First 20 Years". Pan-African University. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  3. ^ Hazelann Williams (2011-09-05). "Nigerian Art Goes Live On The Web". The Voice. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  4. ^ SIAKA MOMOH (21 November 2011). "How SMEs can enlarge their coasts with technology". Business Day (Nigeria). Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Etisalat, Pan African Varsity Partner On Global Entrepreneurship". P.M. News. November 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  6. ^ Randall Kempner (2011-11-20). "Africa's Entrepreneurial Hot-Spot". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  7. ^ "GEW Partner Forum 2015". Global Entrepreneurship Week Nigeria. Retrieved 24 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Matthew Barrett (July 19, 2011). "David Cameron sets out his plan for aid, trade and democracy in Africa". ToryDiary. Retrieved 2011-12-01. 
  9. ^ Atueyi, Ujunwa (21 January 2015). "Pan-Atlantic varsity admits 86 at maiden matriculation". The Guardian. Lagos, Nigeria. Retrieved 2 February 2016.