University of Abuja

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University of Abuja
Motto For Unity and Scholarship.
Type Public
Established 1/1/1988
Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Umale Adikwu
Location Abuja, Nigeria
Campus Main Campus, Mini Campus
Colors Green And White
Nickname UniAbuja
Affiliations NUC
Website Official website

The University of Abuja is a tertiary institution in the Nigerian capital Abuja. It was established on January 1, 1988 (under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended) as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of its pioneer students. Despite having a troubled past, the University is known to have significantly improved and is now reportedly ranked amongst the top 10 universities in Nigeria by the National Universities Commission. The high rank is suspected to be owed to the university's move from its mini campus to its state of the art Permanent site. [1]


The Law Students Association of Nigeria of the University's Faculty of Law Chapter, is highly ranked for having won the University many National and International competitions and also for the performances of its graduates at the Nigerian Law School.[2]

History[edit]

The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada, tagged the "mini - campus". Academic activities started on the mini - campus in 1990. In the same year, the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares along the Abuja - Abuja road for the development of its main campus.

The University of Abuja, Gwagwalada mini-campus is the first campus in the university to be established at take-off time. Though the university is gradually relocating to the permanent site, up till this day, the campus still hosts two female hostels and a boys’ hostel all accommodating close to three thousand students. Among the landmarks in the campus includes the Senate Chamber, the Science Laboratories, Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Management Sciences, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Remedial Studies and the Institute of Education.

Location[edit]

The University now operates from both its Main Campus, along Abuja Airport Road, and the Mini - Campus in Gwagwalada. Currently, the Administrative Building, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Management Science, the Faculty of Arts are on the Main Campus. More faculties are expected to relocate to the Main Campus from Gwagwalada in due course. The distance learning offices of the University are located within the municipality (Garki) where contact sessions of the programme are also held.

Academics[edit]

The university runs regular degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes. Due to its location in the Federal Capital Territory has a Centre for Distance Learning School which provides university education to those who cannot acquire such education through the regular university system and those interested in acquiring new knowledge and specialised skills.

Council and Administration[edit]

The Key organs and officers involved in the administration and governance of the University are: the Governing Council, the Senate, the Congregation and the Convocation, the Vice-Chancellor, Two Deputy Vice Chancellors (Administration and Academic), the Registrar and Secretary to Council, the Bursar, the University Librarian, Deans of Faculties, Directors of Centres and Institutes and Heads of Department. All these organs and officials are supported by the Committee system which is the pivot of administration of the University.[3]

The Governing Council The Council consists of the Chairman who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the University, the Vice Chancellors (Administration and Academic) a representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, four persons appointed by the National Council of Ministers representing broad national interests, four persons appointed by the Senate from its members, one persons each appointed by the Congregation and the Convocation among their members and the Registrar as Secretary to Council. The Council is the highest policy-making organ of the University.

The Senate The Senate is the highest University authority on academic matters. It is the general function of the Senate to organise and control teaching at the University and the admission and discipline of students, as well as the promotion of research. The Senate comprises the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Professors, the University Librarian, Deans, Directors and Deputy Deans, Heads of Academic Departments, one member of academic staff representing each Faculty and the Registrar as Secretary.

The Congregation The Congregations is made up of all members of staff of the University who were university graduates by appointment. The Vice-Chancellor is its chairman and the Registrar is Secretary. Congregation meetings, being statutory, are called to afford members opportunities to have a say in matters affecting their welfare.

The university runs a consultancy services sub-degree program and an institute of education to cater for the professional needs of teachers and specialised needs of government education bodies; it provides avenues for the establishment of linkages on education matters with organisations and institutions in and outside Nigeria.


Faculties and colleges

College of Health Sciences

Faculty of Arts

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Law

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Management Sciences

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

School of Post Graduate Studies

School of Remedial Studies

Campus[edit]

The university has its mini campus in Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria and a permanent site covering about 11,824 hectares located along the Kaduna - Lokoja - Abuja Road. The Permanent site is home to the Faculties of Arts, Science, Management Science Veterinary medicine, Agriculture and Engineering with the College of medicine and contains the university senate and other administrative building. The mini campus is still the temporary location to the Faculties of education, social science, and law.

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