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, University of Benin
Other name
MottoKnowledge for Service
TypePublic research university
Established23 November 1970
AffiliationAssociation of African Universities[1]
ChancellorTor TIV, Prof. James Ortese Ayatse
Vice-ChancellorLilian Imuetinyan Salami[2][3]
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 the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).[8]

History edit

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] It became a federal government-owned University on the 1st of April, 1975.[12]

John Harris Library edit

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 and formerly called the Institute of Technology.[13]

The library, which holds large volumes of collections in print and nonprint format, is situated directly opposite the clinical Student Hostel within the university premises. The books acquired and shelves in the library cover all courses being offered at 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) on 1 July 1971.[14]

College of Medical Sciences edit

The UNIBEN College of Medical Sciences teaches medicine and awards a professional degree to physicians and surgeons. The College of Medical Sciences is made up of three schools and an institute, namely:

School of Medicine edit

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 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.[15]

School of Basic Medical Science edit

The School of Basic Medical Science was established in December 2003, by 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[16]
  4. Nursing Science
  5. Physiology
  6. Physiotherapy
  7. Radiography and Radiation Science.[15]

School of Dentistry edit

The School of Dentistry coordinates courses and curricula within the college leading to the award of a 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.[15][17]

Faculties in the University of Benin edit

Code Title
AGR Faculty of Agriculture (AGR)
ART Faculty of Arts (ART)
BMS School of Basic Medical Sciences (BMS)
CBT CBT Practice Categories (CBT)
CED Centre for Entrepreneurship Development (CED)
CERHI Centre of Excellence in Reproductive Health Innovation (CERHI)
CFPDS Centre for Forensic Programmes and DNA Studies (CFPDS)
COEW College of Education Warri (COEW)
CPGE College of Petroleum and Gas Engineering, PTI Campus (CPGE)
DCOEM College of Education Mosogar (Delta State) (DCOEM)
DEN Faculty of Dentistry (DEN)
EDU Faculty of Education (EDU)
ENG Faculty of Engineering (ENG)
ENV Faculty of Environmental Sciences (ENV)
FCETA Federal College of Education (Technical) Asaba (FCETA)
FCETAL Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka (FCETAL)
FLC French Language Centre (FLC)
GST Office for General Studies (GST)
ICH Institute of Child Health (ICH)
INE Institute of Education (INE)
INP Institute of Public Administration and Extension Services (INP)
JUPEB Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB)
JUPEB_AK Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (FCET AKOKA) (JUPEB_AK)
LAW Faculty of Law (LAW)
LSC Faculty of Life Sciences (LSC)
MED Faculty of Medicine (MED)
MGS Faculty of Management Sciences (MGS)
NILS The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILS)
PHA Faculty of Pharmacy (PHA)
PSC Faculty of Physical Sciences (PSC)
SAGMS St. Albert The Great Major Seminary (SAGMS)
SAS All Saints Ekpoma (SAS)
SCN School of Science, PTI Campus (SCN)
SSC Faculty of Social Sciences (SSC)
UBITS Office for University of Benin Industrial Training and Graded Reports Scheme (UBITS)
VNM Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (VNM)


Vice chancellors edit

Notable alumni edit

Awards edit

Africa Outstanding University of the Year Award, 2023 [57]

Notable faculty edit

Photo gallery edit

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