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Bayero University Kano (BUK) is a university situated in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria. It was founded in 1977, when it was renamed from Bayero University College and upgraded from university college to university. It is the first university in Kano State.

Bayero University Kano
Bayero University logo
University logo
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
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Muhammad Yahuza Bello[1]
Location, ,
ColoursLight Blue     
AffiliationsNUC, ASUU, SSANU
Bayero University



Bayero University initially bore the name Ahmadu Bello College, the college was named after 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 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, the status was again changed, to that of university, and Bayero University became the name; Tukur became vice-chancellor. In 1980 the university ceased functioning as a faculty of its Zaria counterpart.[3]

Academic sectionsEdit

Bayero University has Faculties of Allied Health Sciences, Agriculture, Arts and Islamic Studies , Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Social, Management Science and Faculty of Computer Science & Information Technology.[4] Research Centers include: Center for Advanced Medical Research, Center for Infectious Diseases, Center for Gender Studies, Center for Islamic Studies, Center for Dryland Agriculture, Center for Biotechnology Research, Center for Renewable Energy and Center for the Study of Nigerian Languages among others. The university also houses the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIIBF), the only of its kind in the country. The university is located approximately 12.8 kilometers (roughly 8 miles) from the city along the Kano-Gwarzo Road.

List of leadersEdit

Bayero University Kano campus
Bayero University Kano campus

SAS Principal (and director of college section)Edit

  • 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

Principal of Bayero University CollegeEdit

Vice ChancellorEdit


Bayero University Kano library
Bayero University Kano library
Notable Faculty
Notable Alumni
Holders of honorary degrees


  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. ^ "Faculty of Computer Sciences and Information Technology". Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  5. ^ 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.

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