University of Benin (Nigeria)

University of Benin (UNIBEN) is a public research university located in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.[4] It is among the universities owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria and was founded in 1970.[5] The School currently has two campuses with fifteen faculties including a central library called the John Harris Library.[6] The buildings in UNIBEN are sparsely built, they are not close to each other.[7]

University of Benin
John Harris Library, UNIBEN.jpg
John Harris library University of Benin
Other name
MottoKnowledge for Service
TypePublic research university
Established1 July 1971
AffiliationAssociation of African Universities[1]
ChancellorSanusi Lamido Sanusi
PresidentNmoye Israel
Vice-ChancellorLilian Imuetinyan Salami[2][3]
DirectorEvelyn A.O.Idiodi
Students77,000 (estimate)

6°20.022′N 5°36.009′E / 6.333700°N 5.600150°E / 6.333700; 5.600150
CampusUgbowo Campus and Ekehuan Campus
Colors    Purple, gold, yellow

UNIBEN has a teaching hospital called University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).[8]


University Main gate Ugbowo Campus
Faculty of Management Science University of Benin

The University of Benin was founded in 1970.[9] It first started as an Institute of Technology until it was recognized as a full-fledged university and accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July, 1971[10][11]

John Harris LibraryEdit

John Harris Library, UNIBEN

The John Harris Library is an academic library on the Ugbowo campus. The Library is named after a pioneer University librarian, John Harris. The parent institution of the library is the University of Benin which was founded in 1970 formerly called Institute of Technology.[12]

The Library, which holds large volumes of collections in print and non print format, is situated directly opposite the clinical Student Hostel within the university premises. The books acquired and shelves in the library, covers all courses being offered in the university. it is headed by a University Librarian who oversees its affairs.

The John Harris Library was established through the promulgation of the Institute of Technology edict of 1970 but was accorded the status of a university by the National University Commission (NUC) the 1 July 1971. and John Harris was appointed the library.[13]

College of Medical SciencesEdit

The UNIBEN College of Medicine teaches medicine and awards a professional degree for physicians and surgeons. The College of Medical Sciences is made of three Schools and an Institute, namely:

School of MedicineEdit

The School of Medicine was established in 1973, then the Faculty of Medicine to Medicine to run a 6-year Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) full-time degree program. The first Dean of the School was Professor T. Belo-Osagie. He was the Dean from 1973 to 1975. With the exit of Professor T. Belo-Osagie, Professor K. Diete-Koki became the Dean of the School. Since then, the School has had various Deans and Heads of Departments in the last 30 years. The immediate past Dean of the School was Prof. Dr. (med.) E. Oviasu while the present Dean is Professor Wilson E. Sadoh .[14]

School of Basic Medical ScienceEdit

The School of Basic Medical Science was established in December 2003, from the College of Medical Sciences and was finally launched in January 2004. The school undertakes undergraduate programs for B.Sc.

In addition, the school provides services for other schools within the college: Schools of Medicine and Dentistry as well as other Faculties in the university: Sciences and School of Pharmacy.

The School of Basic Medical Science has the following seven departments:

  1. Anatomy
  2. Medical Biochemistry
  3. Medical Laboratory Science[15]
  4. Nursing Science
  5. Physiology
  6. Physiotherapy
  7. Radiography and Radiation Science.[14]

School of DentistryEdit

The School of Dentistry coordinates courses and curricular within the College leading to the award of Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) degree. The School of Dentistry, as it was known then, was established in 1976 and the first batch of students was admitted in the 1976/77 academic session. It was established as an integral part of the College of Medical Sciences in 1975 by an amendment to the Edict establishing the University of Benin. In 2012, with support from the International Federation of Endodontic Associations(IFEA), donations from the University of Texas at Houston School of Dentistry, and the Owen family, Dr. Mbachan Collins Okwen BDS. (Benin), DDS., MBA. introduced regenerative endodontics and modern microscopic endodontics at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.[14][16]

Vice chancellorsEdit

Notable alumniEdit


Africa Outstanding University of the Year Award, 2023 [54]

Notable facultyEdit

Photo galleryEdit


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