Usmanu Danfodiyo University

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Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto
Usmanu Danfodiyo University logo.jpg
Former names
University of Sokoto
Motto إقرأ (ArabicIqra)
Motto in English
Type Public research
Established 1975
Chancellor Oba Rilwan Akiolu
Vice-Chancellor Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru
Location Sokoto, Sokoto State, Nigeria
Campus Urban (main campus)
Nickname Danfodites
Affiliations NUC, ASUU, SUG

Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS), also known as Udusok and formerly University of Sokoto is one of the initial twelve federal universities in Nigeria founded in 1975. It is located in the ancient city of Sokoto.

The university is named after Usman Dan Fodio, the founder of the Sokoto Caliphate.


Udusok is a four-year degree-awarding institution that also features associate degrees and remedial programs (pre-degree). The university has a large and accredited medical program and the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital — popularly known as UDUTH, which is one of the largest hospitals in Nigeria and West Africa. It is mostly accessible to those of low income and, like most Nigerian hospitals, it does not require health insurance before treatment.

The Main Campus houses most of the university faculties: Agriculture, Arts & Languages, Education, Engineering, Law, Sciences, Social Sciences, and research facilities. The main university senate, the main library complex (Abdullahi Fodiyo Library Complex) and the School of Postgraduate Studies are also located at the Main Campus which also hosts the University Primary and Secondary Schools.

The City Campus hosts the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the Centre for Islamic Studies, and the School of Matriculation Studies where students opting for Remedial Studies (a one-year pre-degree programme for candidates who could not gain admission through UTME which is being conducted by JAMB) are admitted and taught before enrolling into the university. The Remedial Studies are only conducted for courses related to natural science.

A third site in the suburban area houses the university teaching hospital. Within the structure of the hospital is the College of Health Sciences (medicine/MBBS), College of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS and radiology), School of Nursing (BScN/midwifery) and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The university is one of the highest ranking in northern Nigeria due to its high moral stand, academic excellence and its ability to resist the prevalent ASUU strike actions that bedevil Nigerian government universities.

Student life[edit]

Usmanu Danfodiyo University has several student unions which include the Students Union and National Association of Science Students (NASS), department associations as well state associations like NAKATSS, SOSSA, NAKESS, ZAMSSA NAISS and NUASS for Katsina, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara,Imo and Anambra state students, respectively.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Uthman Uthman Yousuf Ajufunbaya
  • Ahmed Abubakar Dabai - SAP/IT consultant
  • Professor Mungadi - among the first set of graduates from the medical school; provost of the College of Health Sciences of the university
  • Collins Osa Oseki, M.D. - founder and president of Calvary Internal Medicine Clinic in North Carolina, US
  • Aminu Waziri Tambuwal - former Speaker of the House of Representatives and the current Governor of Sokoto State
  • Mahmood Yakubu - professor; chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)

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