Bayero University Kano

The Bayero University Kano (BUK) is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1975, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from University College to University. It is the first university in Kano State, North-western Nigeria.

Bayero University Kano
Other name
Former names
Ahmadu Bello College,
Abdullahi Bayero College,
Bayero University College
Motto"وفوق كل ذي علم عليم"
Motto in English
"...and above every possessor of knowledge there is one more learned"
TypePublic, research
Established4 October 1962
Academic affiliations
Vice-ChancellorSagir Adamu Abbas[1]

11°58′50″N 8°28′46″E / 11.98056°N 8.47944°E / 11.98056; 8.47944Coordinates: 11°58′50″N 8°28′46″E / 11.98056°N 8.47944°E / 11.98056; 8.47944
Colours  Turquoise


Bayero University initially was Ahmadu Bello College. The college was named after the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello. It was founded in January 1960 by the Northern Nigeria Ministry of Education headed by Isa Kaita to prepare senior secondary certificate holders for General Certificate of Education (G.C.E.) and A-level in Arabic, Hausa, Islamic History, Islamic studies and English Literature.[2] Upon the establishment of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Kaduna State, Ahmadu Bello College was renamed to Abdullahi Bayero College, after Abdullahi Bayero, Emir of Kano[3] and soon thereafter it became a faculty of the new university.

Initially located on the grounds of the School of Arabic Studies near the palace of the Emir, the college moved to a location at the old Kano Airport Hotel, where it remained until March 1968, when it moved to Western Kano to make way for a military hospital (the Nigerian Civil War having started the previous year). The first students began their studies in February 1964, and they graduated in July 1966.

In 1975, the college became a university college, and was renamed Bayero University College, with Mahmud Tukur as principal. In 1977, it was given university status as Bayero University, with Tukur as vice-chancellor. In 1980, the university ceased functioning as a faculty of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria.[3]

Academic sectionsEdit

The academic sections in Bayero University consist of colleges, faculties, centres, institutes and schools.[4]

The two colleges in the university are:

  • Colleges of Health Science[5]
  • Colleges of Natural and Pharmaceutical Sciences[6]

The eleven faculties in Bayero University are:

  • Arts and Islamic Studies[7]
  • Agricultural Sciences[8]
  • Computer Science and Information Technology[9]
  • Communication[10]
  • Engineering[11]
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences[12]
  • Education[4]
  • Law[13]
  • Management Sciences[14]
  • Social Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine[15]

The research centres include: Centre for Advanced Medical Research, Centre for Infectious Diseases, African Centre for Excellence in Population Health and Policy, Centre for Gender Studies, Centre for Islamic Civilisation and Inter-faith Dialogue, Centre for Dryland Agriculture, Centre for Biotechnology Research, Centre for Renewable Energy and Centre for Research in Nigerian Languages, Translation and Folklore Centre for Information Technology, among others. The university also houses the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIIBF), the only one of its kind in the country.

The main campus of the university is located approximately 12.8 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) from the city along the Kano-Gwarzo Road i.e. along Janguza road. There is another site (Old Campus) at BUK Road.


The university Library was established in 1964 in order to support the university in achieving its goals of teaching, learning and research. The library acquires, processes, preserves, organises and disseminates information resources in printed and electronic format. It is a modern Library with modern technology that enables easy access to information resources by staff and students.[16] The Library strives to meet the information need of both staff, students and researchers by designing selective dissemination of information in forms of alerts services. It also subscribes to electronics databases of international standards which give s users access to information resources irrespective of location, time and place.[16]

List of leadersEdit

Bayero University Kano campus
Bayero University Kano campus
New site gate

SAS Principal (and director of college section)Edit

  1. Aliyu Abubakar Dr. Aliyu Abubakar was born in Nafada in the present Gombe State in the year 1909. He attended University of London where he studied a bachelor of art degree in English language. After serving as a principal at the school of Arabic studies Kano, he also served as the first commissioner of Education in Bauchi State after its creation in 1976. He died in November 1987.

Provost of Abdullahi Bayero CollegeEdit

  1. Abdalla Eltayeb (1964–1966)
  2. Hamidu Alkali (September 1966 – November 1969)
  3. Shehu Galadanci (1969–1975)

Principal of Bayero University CollegeEdit

  1. Mahmud Tukur (September 1975 – 1977)

Vice chancellorEdit

  1. Mahmud Tukur (1975 – October 1977)
  2. J. O. C. Ezeilo (1977–1978)
  3. Ibrahim H. Umar (1979–1986)
  4. Dandatti Abdulkadir (1986–1990)
  5. M. Sani Zakraddeen (1990–1995)
  6. Bello Bako Dambatta (1995–1999)
  7. Musa Abdullahi (August 1999 – 2004)
  8. Attahiru Muhammad Jega (September 2004 – 2010)
  9. Abubakar Adamu Rasheed (June 2010 – 17 August 2015)
  10. Muhammad Yahuza Bello (Tuesday 18 August 2015 – 17 August 2020 )
  11. Sagir Adamu Abbas ( 17 August 2020 – Present )


Bayero University Kano library
Bayero University Kano library

Notable alumniEdit

Notable facultyEdit

Holders of honorary degreesEdit

Affiliated collegesEdit

  • Sa'adatu Rimi College of Education[18]
  • Jigawa State College of Education[19]
  • Bayero University Kano Admission Updates[20]


  1. ^ NUC. "List of Universities". Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  2. ^ "History of Department of FAIS". Bayero University Kano. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ a b "History of BUK". Bayero University Kano. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-29.
  4. ^ a b "Faculty of Education | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  5. ^ "College of Health Sciences | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  6. ^ "College of Natural and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  7. ^ "Faculty of Arts & Islamic Studies | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Faculty of Agriculture | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Faculty of Computing | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  10. ^ "Faculty of Communication | Bayero University". Retrieved 31 May 2022.
  11. ^ "Faculty of Engineering | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  12. ^ "Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  13. ^ "Faculty of Law | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  14. ^ "Faculty of Management Sciences | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  15. ^ "FACULTY OF VETERINARY MEDICINE | Bayero University". Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  16. ^ a b "University Library | Bayero University". Retrieved 16 December 2022.
  17. ^ Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; Professor Emmanuel Akyeampong; Mr. Steven J. Niven (2 February 2012). Dictionary of African Biography. OUP USA. pp. 177–178. ISBN 978-0-19-538207-5.
  18. ^ "AFFILIATED COLLEGES | School of Continuing Education". Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  19. ^ "Jigawa State College of Education Gumel (JSCOEG) Degree Admission List for 2020/2021 Academic Session". Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  20. ^ "About Bayero University Kano (BUK) Degree Admission List for 2022/2023 Academic Session". Ibnzaid1. Retrieved 15 November 2022.

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