University of Ibadan

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University of Ibadan
University of Ibadan (shield).png
UI crest
Former names
University College Ibadan
Motto"Recte Sapere Fons" (To think straight is the fount of knowledge).
ChairmanNde Joshua Mutka Waklek
ChancellorSaad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Abel Idowu Olayinka
Location, ,
AffiliationsAssociation of African Universities (AAU)

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

National Universities Commission (NUC)

The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest degree awarding institution in Nigeria,[2][3] and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. It is popularly known as Unibadan or UI.

Besides the College of Medicine, there are twelve other faculties: Arts, Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Renewable Natural Resources, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, and Dentistry. A thirteenth, Economics, Environmental Design and Management, is proposed.

The university has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens. In September 2016, it became the first Nigerian university to make the top 1000 in Times Higher Education rankings. Prior to that, it had always made the top African 10 in Webometrics Rankings.


The origins of the university are in the University of London. It was established in 1948 as the University College of Ibadan, as a College of the University of London which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees until 1967.[4][5] The establishment came as a result of recommendation of the Asquith and the Elliot Commissions on Higher Education in the then British colonies, that two University Colleges of the University of London be set up in Ghana and Nigeria.[6] Prior to 1948, Yaba College had been founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos, as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria, focused primarily on providing post-secondary vocational education and teacher training to Africans. In 1948, staff and students from Yaba Higher College were transferred to Ibadan to form the new University College of Ibadan.[7] The university college started on 18 January 1948. The sod its permanent site was cut on 17 November 1948 and became a full-fledged independent university in early 1963. In late 1963, on the university playing-fields, with a celebration marked by talking drums, the Rt. Hon. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of independent Nigeria, became the first Chancellor of its independent university. The first Nigerian vice-chancellor of the university was Kenneth Dike, after whom the University library is named.

First degree awarding institution in Nigeria[edit]

At the time of its establishment as University College of Ibadan, students were awarded degrees of the University of London. That makes it the first degree awarding institution in Nigeria[8]. Whereas, the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) is the first university in Nigeria when it was established as an autonomous and full-fledged university in 1960. UI became autonomous in 1963 and started awarding its own degrees in 1967.[9] unlike the UNN, which started the same three years earlier.


The current principal members of the university administration are:[10]

Office Holder
Visitor Muhammadu Buhari
Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Nde Joshua Mutka Waklek
Chancellor Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar
Vice-Chancellor Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) Professor Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo
Registrar Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi
Bursar Dr. Michael O. Alatise
Librarian Dr Helen O. Komolafe-Opadeji


  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Technology
  • The Social Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Renewable natural resources
  • Environmental design and management (proposed)
  • Economics

In August 2011 Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i, the then Nigerian Minister of Education, announced that the University of Ibadan would host the Nigerian node of the Pan-African University, the Institute of Earth and Life Sciences.[11]

A major arm of College of Medicine (which comprises the faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry and Public Health) is located about five kilometres from the main university, within the structure of The University College Hospital. The college has a dormitory for students who are in their clinical years of study. The college was created in August 1980 and some of her past provosts are Oluwole Akande, Isaac Folorunso Adewole, and Akinyinka Omigbodun.[12]


  • Institutes of African Studies
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Institute of Education
  • Advanced Medical Research and Training
  • Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies
  • LES Institute of PAU


Academic Centres[edit]

  • Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS)
  • Distance Learning Centre (DLC)
  • Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies
  • Centre for General Studies (CGS)
  • Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV)
  • Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL)
  • Health Policy Training and Research Programme
  • Yoruba Language Centre

Centres of Excellence[edit]

  • Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
  • Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonoses
  • Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP)
  • Centre For Excellence In Teaching & Learning

Administrative Centres[edit]

  • Centre for Social Orientation
  • Industrial Training Co-ordinating Centre
  • International Conference Centre
  • Equipment Maintenance Centre
  • University Advancement Centre


  • The Registry
  • The Bursary
  • Careers Placement and Counselling Unit
  • Foreign Students Unit
  • The Sports Council
  • The Library
  • The Computing Centre
  • The Press
  • The Bookshop
  • The Botanical Garden
  • The Zoological Garden
  • University Media Centre, which houses the campus radio station, DIAMOND 101.1 FM.
  • The Abadina Media Resource Centre
  • Advancement Centre
  • The University Health Services
  • Works and Maintenance
  • Academic Planning
  • Internal Audit
  • Gender Mainstreaming Office

Affiliate Institutions[edit]

Below is a list of affiliate institutions of the University of Ibadan, approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).[13]

  • Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu
  • Archbishop Vining College Of Theology, Akure
  • St Augustine's College Of Education Akoka, Lagos
  • Osun State College Of Education, Ilesa
  • Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
  • SS Peter And Paul Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan
  • Immanuel College of Theology And Christian Education, Samonda, Ibadan
  • Dominican Institute, Samonda, Ibadan
  • ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja
  • UMCA, Ilorin
  • Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso

Halls of residence[edit]

The university is primarily residential with halls of residence for male and female students. There is provision for the accommodation of post-graduate students. There are internet cafés, Knowledge Hubs, cafeterias, laundry centres, mini-marts, press boards, common-rooms, gymnasia (in some halls), kitchenettes, etc. There is water and electricity supply. Electricity supply is also augmented by the inverter system. Football, table tennis and lawn tennis are sports often played and watched by students.

The Halls of Residence are semi-autonomous. Each Hall of Residence has a Management Committee, which is responsible for matters of general policy for the social, cultural and intellectual activities of the Hall. The Management Committee is given powers to arrange its own social, cultural and intellectual activities designed to preserve, develop and enrich the traditions of the Hall and make life in the Hall generally interesting and worthwhile. The Management Committee consists of the Hall Master/Mistress, the Hall Warden and Assistant Wardens, the Hall Supervisor and the Hall Executives, which consists of students who are elected every session by the students of each hall to handle internal student matters, as well as act as an intermediary between the Hall Administration and the generality of students.

Accommodation in the Halls ranges from one to four persons per room. The halls are:

  • Mellanby Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: to the North of the University Court. The first residence hall in the university, named after Kenneth Mellanby, the first Principal of University College, Ibadan (1947–53). Mellanby has a characteristically cool and serene ambience. It was formally opened on 17 November 1952 and has a capacity for well over 400 students. The hall is essentially the smallest in the school, possessing four blocks — A, B, C, and D. The A block is primarily for freshmen while the D block houses students in their final year. The hall is the most centrally located, and hence sees a great daily traffic of people. It has a cafeteria, a common room for relaxation,a basketball ball court, a small football field and a volleyball court. The hall also has clubs such as The Literary and Debating Club and a press organization. The Mellanby Hall Press Organization is arguably one of the best in the school, and has in recent years won the award for the best press organization, awarded by The Union of Campus Journalists, the school's highest press body.
  • Queen Elizabeth II Hall (female, undergraduate). Location: along Oduduwa Road. The first female hall, it is named after Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the University of Ibadan in February 1956 and performed the formal opening ceremony of the Hall. It has a capacity of over 650 students.
  • Tedder Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: to the west of the University Court and adjacent to Mellanby Hall. It is named after Lord Tedder. He formally opened the present site of the University as well as the hall in 1952.
  • Sultan Bello Hall (male, undergraduate).It is located west of Kuti Hall, along Niger Road. It is named after Muhammed Bello, grandfather of Ahmadu Bello. This hall was opened formally in 1962 by Sir Alhaji Ahmadu Bello.
  • Kuti Hall (male, undergraduate). It is located at the Eastern end of Niger Road. It was opened in 1954, it is named after the late Rev. Israel Oladotun Ransome Kuti.
  • Queen Idia Hall (female, undergraduate).
    Queen Idia Halls of Residence, UI
    It is located along Barth Road, and adjacent to international school, Ibadan (ISI) and opposite Abdulsalami Abubakar Hall. It is the second female hall in the university. It is named after Idia, a Bini Queen who lived in the 15th century. Idia Hall was built in 1975 with an additional wing added in the 1992/1993 session
  • Obafemi Awolowo Hall (female, undergraduate and postgraduate). Represents the biggest hall in the University of Ibadan and, arguably, the biggest in the rest of West Africa.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall Residents
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall (male, undergraduate). Commonly known as Zik Hall, and its occupants as Zikites. It accommodates 999 students every session and it is normally referred to as the Heartbeat of the University of Ibadan. It is also known as the Baluba Republic and shares a long-standing rivalry with Independence Hall. It is located on El-Kanemi Road just before Independence Hall. Zik Hall is well known for its "Aroism" — an avenue where Zikites make gest of themselves and other non-residents especially females.
  • Independence Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: at the end of El-Kanemi Road. "The Republic of Katanga", as it is fondly called, was formally opened in 1961, in commemoration of Nigeria's attainment of Independence on 1 October 1960. Members are known as "Katangites". It is also regarded as the "Only Living Hall In UI", in reference to the fact that it is named after Nigeria's independence, which is still "living". It has a capacity of about 1000 students.
  • Tafawa Balewa Hall (mixed, postgraduate). This hall is located along EI-Kanemi Road and directly behind Sultan Bello Hall. It is mainly occupied by Ph.D. students. Tafawa Balewa Hall is the first post-graduate hall of residence in the university. Named after Sir Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, it was opened in 1968.
  • Alexander Brown Hall: Located in the College of Medicine campus at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the Alexander Brown Hall accommodates students in the departments of Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, and Medical Laboratory Sciences during their clinical studies.
  • Abdulsalam Abubakar Hall (mixed, postgraduate). This hall is located along Barth Road, opposite Queen Idia Hall. It is easy to recall that this magnificent edifice was kindly donated to the University during her 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1998 while Gen. (Dr) Abdulsalami Abubakar was the visitor to the University. The donation was made by a pronouncement during the Foundation Day Ceremony. The first set of postgraduate students moved into the hall on March 1, 2002. This hall is the pride of the University.[14]

The designs of the halls are deliberately not identical. For example, the older halls - Mellanby, Tedder, Kuti, Sultan Bello and Queen Elizabeth II halls - were designed by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew who, in appreciation of their contribution to the physical development of the University were honoured with honorary degrees in 1965. Messrs Watkins Gray and Partners designed Alexander Brown Hall as a part of the overall design of the University College Hospital Complex. The two undergraduate halls, Independence and Nnamdi Azikiwe Halls, were designed by Messrs Design Group (Nigeria) Ltd. Obafemi Awolowo Hall was designed by Allied Group of Architects, while Tafawa Balewa and Idia Halls were designed by Messrs Aderele-Omisore-Adebanjo Associates. The Federal Ministry of Works designed the Abdusalami Abubakar Hall. Students are usually very passionate about their respective halls.

Notable places in the University[edit]

  • Kenneth Dike Library; Among the notable structures in the university is the central library which is located just beside the Faculty of Arts. The library, which has a large capacity for students, contains books relating to virtually all fields of knowledge both in and outside the university community. To ensure its easy access, students are made to carry out their library registration in their first year of admission.

Students' Union[edit]

Kunle Adepeju First Student Martyr in Nigeria

The University allows the participation of students in some decision making. The Students' Union is headed by a President who wins by majority vote in the elections. All positions in the Students' Union are contested for.

Religious Activities[edit]

The University allows the smooth running of religious activities on campus. A Central Mosque situated along Benue Road is the headquarters of all Islamic activities on Campus. There is also the Abadina Mosque to serve residents in the Abadina area and also the Obafemi Awolowo Hall Mosque to serve the residents of Obafemi Awolowo Hall and others too far from the Central Mosque. Praying grounds are situated at the halls of residence and other places within the school premises. The umbrella body for all the Muslim students is the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN). Christian activities are also very robust. The Chapel of Resurrection, an interdenominational Chapel is the school's centre of Christian activities. It is situated along Abadina Road. Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Catholic Chapel is the centre of all Roman Catholic activities on Campus. There is also the St. Anne's Catholic Church in the Sasa area of the University. The U.I Baptist Church along Barth Road is another Church situated within the Campus.[15] Various Christian Fellowships are housed within the campus. Some have the undergraduate arm separated from the postgraduate arm while some fellowships have both incorporated. The umbrella body that houses a vast majority of the Christian fellowships is the Assembly of UNIBADAN Christian Fellowships (AUCSF), which has an undergraduate and a postgraduate wing. The fellowships meet at various locations; from the Chapel of Resurrection to the Undergraduate Male Halls of Residence (like the Zik Hall Cafeteria). A vast majority of the postgraduate fellowships meet at the Obafemi Awolowo Hall (Awo Hall) car park, now popularly known as Awo Mount Zion or Mount Zion. Temporary structures are put in place by these fellowships for their various activities.

Mount Zion (Obafemi Awolowo Hall Car Park), University of Ibadan

The Christian Fellowships include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Anglican Students Fellowship (ASF)
  • Baptist Students Fellowship (BSF)
  • Deeper Life Christian Fellowship
  • Gospel Students Fellowship (GSF)
  • Ibadan Varsity Christian Union (IVCU); postgraduate is IVCU-PG
  • Mountain of Fire Campus Fellowship (MFMCF); MFMPGF for the postgraduate wing
  • National Fellowship of Catholic Students (NFCS)
  • Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF); RCPGF for the postgraduate arm
  • Christ Apostolic Church Students' Association, U.I. (CACSAUI); CACSAUI-PGF for the postgraduate wing
  • Students Christian Movement (SCM)
  • Winners Campus Fellowship (WCF); WCPGF for the postgraduate wing
  • Cherubim and Seraphim Unification (Isokan UI)
  • New Covenant Campus fellowship (NCCF)

Vice Chancellors[16][edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also Category:University of Ibadan alumni

Alumni Association[edit]

UIAA meeting

Notable faculty[edit]

Recent activities[edit]

On May 29, 2017, the management of the school stopped academic activities for undergraduate students. This was as a result of the protest by the student union. The student body were in disagreement with the school authorities over their failure to issue identity cards to the students and the outlaw on some electrical appliances.[47] On June 9, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20th.[48] The school resumed activities on July 2.[49]

Gallery of infrastructures at the university[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Tekena Tamuno (1981). Ibadan Voices: Ibadan University in Transition. Ibadan University Press. ISBN 978-978-121-109-6.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 7°26′30″N 3°54′00″E / 7.44167°N 3.90000°E / 7.44167; 3.90000