University of Lubumbashi

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University of Lubumbashi
Université de Lubumbashi
Type Public
Established 1955
Rector Ildephonse Chabu Mumba
Students 33,000
Location Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo

The University of Lubumbashi (also known by the acronym UNILU) is one of the largest universities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is located in Lubumbashi, the capital city of Katanga province.

The campus is located in the northern part of the city, west of the airport.

The university was created in 1955 as the official university of Congo and Rwanda-Urundi (French: université officielle du Congo et du Rwanda-Urundi) by the University of Liège and opened in 1956. It was one of the institutions merged into the National University of Zaire in 1971. It was re-established as an autonomous university in 1981 when the National University of Zaire was split up.

In May 1990 Zaire's government violently suppressed student protests on the campus, killing several students and destroying parts of the campus. [1]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Mark, Edelman Boren (2001). Student Resistance: A History of the Unruly Subject. Routledge. p. 240. ISBN 0-415-92624-6. 

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Coordinates: 11°36′52″S 27°28′50″E / 11.61444°S 27.48056°E / -11.61444; 27.48056