The University of Abuja is a tertiary institution in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. It was established in January 1988 (under Decree No. 110 of 1992 as amended) as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of its pioneer students.
|Motto||For Unity and Scholarship.|
|Established||January 1, 1988|
|Vice-Chancellor||Abdul Rasheed Na'Allah|
|Campus||Rural, 11,800 hectares (29,000 acres)|
The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada, tagged the "mini - campus". Academic activities started on the mini - campus in 1990 after which the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares (29,000 acres) along the Abuja city Airport road for the development of its main campus.
Relocation to the permanent site has been ongoing to-date. The campus now hosts two female and two male hostels housing thousands of students. However, the distance learning offices of the University are located within the Abuja municipality (Area 3 Garki) where contact sessions of the programme are also held.
The university offers diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes as well as a Centre for Distance Learning School which provides university education to those who cannot acquire such education through the regular university system and those interested in acquiring new knowledge and specialised skills.
A list of faculties and colleges currently at the University of Abuja include:
- Faculty of Agriculture
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Management Sciences
- Faculty of Sciences
- Faculty of Social Sciences
- Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
- School of Post Graduate Studies
- School of Remedial Studies
- College of Health Sciences
- College of Medicine
- The Institute of Legislative Education
Council and AdministrationEdit
The Key organs and officers involved in the administration and governance of the University are: the Governing Council, the Senate, the Congregation and the Convocation, the Vice-Chancellor, Two Deputy Vice Chancellors (Administration and Academic), the Registrar and Secretary to Council, the Bursar, the University Librarian, Deans of Faculties, Directors of Centres and Institutes and Heads of Department. All these organs and officials are supported by the Committee system which is the pivot of administration of the University.
The Governing Council The Council consists of the Chairman who is also the Pro-Chancellor of the University, the Vice Chancellors (Administration and Academic) a representative of the Federal Ministry of Education, four persons appointed by the National Council of Ministers representing broad national interests, four persons appointed by the Senate from its members, one persons each appointed by the Congregation and the Convocation among their members and the Registrar as Secretary to Council. The council is the highest policy-making organ of the University.
The Senate The Senate is the highest University authority on academic matters. It is the general function of the Senate to organise and control teaching at the University and the admission and discipline of students, as well as the promotion of research. The Senate comprises the Vice-Chancellor as Chairman, the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, the Professors, the University Librarian, Deans, Directors and Deputy Deans, Heads of Academic Departments, one member of academic staff representing each Faculty and the Registrar as Secretary.
The Congregation The Congregations is made up of all members of staff of the University who were university graduates by appointment. The Vice-Chancellor is its chairman and the Registrar is Secretary. Congregation meetings, being statutory, are called to afford members opportunities to have a say in matters affecting their welfare.
The university runs a consultancy services sub-degree program and an institute of education to cater for the professional needs of teachers and specialised needs of government education bodies; it provides avenues for the establishment of linkages on education matters with organisations and institutions within and outside Nigeria.