University of Benin (Nigeria)
|Motto||Knowledge for Service|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof Faraday Orumwense|
|Location||Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria
The University of Benin - also known as UNIBEN - is one of Nigeria's federal universities.
- 1 History
- 2 Faculties and colleges
- 3 Faculties
- 4 College of Medical Sciences
- 5 School of Postgraduate Studies
- 6 Library
- 7 Centres
- 8 Notable alumni
- 9 References
- 10 External links
The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971. In his Budget Speech in April 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State, Col. S. O. Ogbemudia(then also Visitor to the University) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. Optometry program was also founded (established) within the Faculty of Science in 1972 under the headship of Dr.Paul Ogbuehi (department of Physics). By 1976, optometry program in Uniben had on its faculty qualified professional with practice licences from Canada, England, and United States of America. The program had a faculty-student ratio of 2:1, many from College of Medicine and Medical Sciences. earned its accredited On 1 April 1975 the University at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal University.
Today, the University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Units.Following NUC’s directives, the University experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93.
However, in the light of new developments, the University reverted to the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health which reverted to the Collegiate System in August, 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head. The Faculties as presently constituted are those of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Pharmacy, Physical Science, Social Science, and the College of Medical Sciences (which has three Schools: Basic Medical Sciences; Dentistry and Medicine; and the Institute of Child Health).
In January 2006, the Federal Government approved the take off of the College of Petroleum and Gas Engineering of the University of Benin at Effurun, near Warri, in Delta State, with the initial population of 100 students in two departments; Petroleum Engineering and Gas Engineering.
The University offers courses at various levels: Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Diploma and Certificate. Presently, the total student enrollment stands at over 40,000 made up of both full-time and part-time students shared among the various Faculties.
In 1985, Grace Alele-Williams became Nigeria's first female vice-chancellor when she was appointed to head the University of Benin. She served as its vice-chancellor until 1991.
Faculties and colleges
Following NUC's directives, the university experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93. However, in the light of new developments, the university reverted to the Faculty System in January 1994. Presently, the university essentially operates the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health, which reverted to the Collegiate System in August 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head.
- Life Science
- Management Science
- Physical Science
- Social science
College of Medical Sciences
Headed by the Provost, Prof. V.I.Iyawe, is made of three Schools and an Institute, namely
School of Medicine
The School of Medicine was established in 1973, then Faculty of Medicine to Medicine to run a 6-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) full-time degree program. The first Dean of the School was Professor T. Bell-Osagie. He was Dean from 1973-1975. With the exit of Professor T. Belo-Osagie, Professor K. Diete-Koki became the Dean of the School. Since then, the School has had various Deans and Heads of Departmentsin the last 30years. The immediate past Dean of the School was Prof. Dr.(med.) E. Oviasu The present Dean of the School of Medicine is Professor M.Momoh.
School of Basic Medical Science
School of Basic Medical Science was established in December 2003 from the College of Medical Sciences and finally took off in January 2004. The school undertake undergraduate programs for B.Sc. In addition the school provides services for other schools within the college-Schools of Medicine and Dentistry as well as other Faculties in the University: Sciences and School of Pharmacy.
School of Dentistry
The School of Dentistry coordinates courses and curricular within the College leading to the award of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The School of Dentistry(as it was known then) started in 1976 and the first batch of students were admitted in the 1976/77 Session. It was established as an integral part of the College of Medical Sciences in 1975 by amendment to the Edict establishing the University of Benin. In 2012 with support from the International Federation of Endodontic Associations(IFEA) and donations from University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry and the Okwen family, Dr. Mbachan Collins Okwen BDS(Benin), DDS, MBA introduced regenerative endodontics and modern microscopic endodontics at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
School of Postgraduate Studies
The School of Postgraduate Studies of the University of Benin was established in October 1981. The Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, in conjunction with the Board of the School, exercises overall review and supervision of postgraduate programs conducted in all colleges, faculties and institutes of the University. The primary concern of the School of Postgraduate Studies is to foster a clear understanding of its role, establish and streamline procedures, expand opportunities for postgraduate training and research, and encourage the introduction of new programs as well as revision of old ones.
The aim of the School is to be identified with the highest standards and traditions of postgraduate training, scholarship and research that will lead to major advances and breakthrough in various disciplines of learning. Given the quality of training offered, the School has produced high-level human resources who have fitted into academia, industry and government.
The university's main library, the John Harris Library, was named after the pioneer university librarian, Prof. John Harris, from New Zealand. The library began with the inception of the university in 1970 at the Ekehuan Road Campus. John Harris Library is an ultra-modern building with central air conditioning. The building is designed to seat about 700 readers. It provides photocopying, duplicating, laminating and binding services. The library has been computerized. Installation of other modern information technology facilities is ongoing.
With the high increase in student population, the library has embarked on an expansion programme with the establishment of faculty libraries; the Ekehuan Road Campus Library, Medical Library, Law, Engineering and Pharmacy Library are functional. A John Harris Library extension is awaiting commissioning. The library participates in interlibrary co-operation among Nigerian academic libraries.
Centre For Entrepreneurship Development
Expansions in educational facilities and the inability of the Nigerian economy to expand as fast as the growth in population have created an unacceptable level of unemployment. Consequently, the products of the educational system have continued to stay much longer at home in idleness, which makes them ready tools for agents of mischief. If they are able, on graduation, to undertake some viable business enterprises, they will eventually become self-sufficient and possibly emerge as employers of labour instead of setting their vision on paid employment, which is increasingly difficult to obtain. It is, therefore, important that University students be exposed to the culture of business development and management so that they can respond to the challenges of self-employment after graduation. Experiences in Israel, India, Pakistan, Brazil, China and other developing economies as well as Japan show that a country benefits tremendously from the promotion of small and medium-size enterprises, which are often suitable for young school leavers. Thus, the promotion of entrepreneurial competences is designed to prepare graduates of the University of Benin for a future life of creative productivity and independence.
Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office
As part of the restructuring and institutional reforms in the education sector, the Federal Government, in 2006, approved the establishment of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Offices (IPTTOs) in fifteen selected major innovation-generating institutions in the country. In the following year, 2007 another eight IPTTOs came on stream with the University of Benin significantly included. Consequently, with the establishment of IPTTOs in these institutions, Intellectual Property Management is being integrated into the University system under the auspices of the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP), Abuja and in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva.
Centre For Part-Time Programs
The senate of the University of Benin in 2004 approved the establishment of the Centre for Part-Time Programmes (CPTP) to replace the defunct Part-Time Programmes Committee (PPMC) both in nomenclature and functions.The Centre is responsible for the effective management of all and other non-degree programmes as may be approved by Senate from time to time
National Centre For Energy and Environment
The National Centre for Energy and Environment (NCEE), an agency of the Energy Commission of Nigeria was established on 12 March 2009 through the accent of the 2009 appropriation bill by the late President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR. This bill provided the legislative provision for the establishment of the Centre which is currently located at the University of Benin, Benin City. The Centre is charged with the responsibility of organizing and conducting research and development programmes in Bioenergy and Environment.
- Oladipo Agboluaje actor
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