The University of Ibadan (UI) is a public research university in Ibadan, Nigeria. The university was founded in 1948 as University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the University of London. It became an independent university in 1962 and is the oldest degree-awarding institution in Nigeria. Through its graduate network, the University of Ibadan has contributed to the political, industrial, economic and cultural development of Nigeria. The history and influence of the University of Ibadan have made it one of the most prestigious universities in Africa.
|University College Ibadan|
|Motto||"Recte Sapere Fons" (To think straight is the fount of knowledge).|
|Chairman||Chief John Odigie Oyegun|
|Chancellor||Saad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto|
7.4433° N, 3.9003° E
|Campus||Urban, Over 2,550 acres|
|Colours||Indigo-blue and gold|
The University of Ibadan is made up of 92 academic departments organized into 17 faculties, namely; Arts, Science, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Agriculture, the Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, Dentistry, Economics and Management Sciences, all Renewable Natural Resources, Environmental Design and Management, and Multidisciplinary Studies. The Faculties of the Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Public Health and Dentistry are organized as a College of Medicine. The university has other academic units, among which are: Institute of Child Health, Institute of Education, Institute of African Studies, Centre for Child Adolescent and Mental Health, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training (IAMRAT), Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, Centre for Drug Discovery, Development & Production (CDDDP) and Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonosis (CCPZ). The recently established Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI), School of Business (UISB) and National Institute for Maternal, Child & Neonatal Health (NIMCNH) have commenced operation.
The University of Ibadan has 15 halls of residence that provide accommodation for about 30% of the population of students in the regular studies mode. Some of the popular halls in the university include Lord Tedder Hall, Kenneth Mellanby Hall, Sultan Bello Hall, Nnamdi AziHall Hall, Independence Hall, Tafawa Balewa Hall, Kuti Hall, Queen Idia Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Obafemi Awolowo Hall – which is the largest female hall in West Africa. The university has a total staff strength of 5,339 with 1,212 housing units for both senior and junior staff. The university has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens.
The university has educated many notable alumni, including a Nobel Laureate in Literature, eminent mathematicians, scientists, politicians, lawyers, business icons, philosophers, writers, monarchs, countless technocrats, recipients of the Nigerian National order of merit, Fellows of the various learned academies. In September 2016, it became the first Nigerian university to make the top 1,000 in Times Higher Education rankings. Prior to that, it had always made the top 10 African Universities in Webometrics Rankings. UI is currently ranked No. 1 in Nigeria and 1,196 in the world according to Webometrics.
The origins of the university are in the University of London. It was established in 1948 as the University College Ibadan, as a college of the University of London, which supervised its academic programmes and awarded degrees until 1967. The establishment came as a result of recommendation of the Asquith and the Elliot Commissions on Higher Education in the then British colonies, that two University Colleges of the University of London be set up in Ghana and Nigeria. Prior to 1948, Yaba College had been founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos, as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria, focused primarily on providing post-secondary vocational education and teacher training to Africans.
However, the limited aims of Yaba College and clamor by Nigerian nationalists for self-improvement and uninhibited education led to the establishment of University College Ibadan as the first degree awarding institution in Nigeria in 1948. Staff and students from Yaba Higher College were transferred to Ibadan to form the new University College Ibadan.
Modeled after the British university system, Kenneth Mellanby was appointed in 1947 as its first principal, and he started the university college on 18 January 1948. The sod of its permanent site was cut on 17 November 1948, and the date is now known as Founders' Day. The university's first buildings were designed by eminent modernist architects Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew. Following the tropical modernist style, the 1950s construction comprised administrative blocks, residential colleges and academic facilities.
Following Nigeria's independence in 1960 and subsequent drive to domesticate several institutions, UCI became a full-fledged independent university in early 1962 and the name changed to University of Ibadan.
In late 1963, on the university playing-fields, with a celebration marked by talking drums, the Rt. Hon. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, first Prime Minister of independent Nigeria, became the first Chancellor of its independent university. The first Nigerian vice-chancellor of the university was Kenneth Dike, after whom the university library is named.
Rankings and reputation edit
|Global – Overall|
|ARWU World||801-900 (2022)|
|CWUR World||1172 (2022-2023)|
|THE World||401–500 (2022)|
|USNWR Global||=425 (2022)|
|Regional – Overall|
|THE Africa||=6 (2022)|
|USNWR Africa||7 (2022)|
|National – Overall|
|ARWU National||1 (2022)|
|CWUR National||1 (2022-23)|
|THE National||1 (2022)|
|National – Life sciences and medicine|
|USNWR Medical||158 (2022)|
The university consistently ranks as the best in Nigeria.
The current principal members of the university administration are:
|Chancellor||Sultan Sa'adu Abubakar, 20th Sultan of Sokoto|
|Pro-Chancellor & Chairman||Chief John Odigie Oyegun|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)||Professor E.O. Ayoola|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)||Professor Aderonke M. Baiyeroju|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships)||Professor Oluyemisi A. Bamgbose|
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Basic Medical Sciences
- Clinical Sciences
- Public Health
- The Social Sciences
- Veterinary Medicine
- Renewable Natural Resources
- Environmental Design and Management
- Economics and Management Sciences
List of available academic programmes/courses edit
AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY
2. Fisheries and Wildlife Management
3. Forestry Resources Management
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
1 Medicine and Surgery
6 Human Nutrition
7 Nursing Science
1 Arabic Language & Literature
2 Islamic Studies
4 Archaeology Combined:
[a] Archaeology with History
[b] Archaeology with Classics
[c] Archaeology with Religious Studies
7 Religious Studies
8 Communication & Language Arts
9 Linguistics and African Languages:
11 English Language & Literature
13 European Studies:
14 Theatre Arts
1 Veterinary Medicine
1 Agricultural & Environmental Engineering
2 Civil Engineering
3 Industrial Production Engineering
4 Petroleum Engineering
5 Electrical & Electronics Engineering
6 Mechanical Engineering
7 Food Technology
8 Wood Products Engineering
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
3 Political Science
1 Adult Education
2 Educational Management
3 Teacher Education:
[b] Social Sciences
[d] Pre-Primary Education
4 Special Education
5 Human Kinetics
6 Health Education
7 Guidance & Counselling
8 Library Studies
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
1 [a] Archaeology Single Honours
[b] Archaeology Combined:
• With Geology
• With Geography
• With Zoology
• With Botany
4 Industrial Chemistry
6 Computer Science
In August 2011, Ruqayyah Ahmed Rufa'i, the then Nigerian Minister of Education, announced that the University of Ibadan would host the Nigerian node of the Pan-African University, the Institute of Earth and Life Sciences.
A major arm of the College of Medicine (which comprises the faculties of Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Dentistry and Public Health) is located about five kilometres from the main university, within the structure of The University College Hospital. The college has a dormitory, the Alexander Brown Hall for students who are in their clinical years of study. The college was created in August 1980. Some of the past provosts are Oluwole Akande, Isaac Folorunso Adewole, and Akinyinka Omigbodun.
- Institutes of African Studies
- IFRA-Nigeria (Institut français de recherche en Afrique) – an institute funded by the French government to promote research in the social sciences and the humanities, and improve collaborative work between academics in France and West Africa.
- Institute of Child Health
- Institute of Education
- Advanced Medical Research and Training
- Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies
- LES Institute of PAU
- School of Economics
Academic Centres edit
- Centre for General Studies
- Centre for Educational media resource studies 
- Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
- Centre for Petroleum, Energy Economics and Law Multidisciplinary Central Research Laboratory (MCRL)
- Yoruba Language Centre
Centres of excellence edit
Affiliate institutions edit
- Bigard Seminary, Enugu, Enugu, State
- Archbishop Vining College of Theology, Akure
- St Augustine's College of Education Akoka, Lagos
- Osun State College of Education, Ilesa
- Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
- Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, Oyo State.
- SS Peter And Paul Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan
- Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education, Samonda, Ibadan
- Dominican Institute, Samonda, Ibadan
- ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja
- Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso
- Life Seminary, Ikorodu
- Redeemed Bible College
- UMCA Seminary, Ilorin, Kwara
- Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, Epe Lagos State
Among the notable structures in the university is the central Kenneth Dike Library (popularly called "KDL" by the students), located just beside the Faculty of Arts. The library, which has a large capacity for students, contains books relating to virtually all fields of knowledge both in and outside the university community. To ensure its easy access, students are made to carry out their library registration in their first year of admission.
The Library is named after Professor Kenneth Dike, who was the first indigenous Principal and former Vice-Chancellor of the university. it was established out of the desires of the founding fathers and matriarch of the institution in order to cut a niche for research and sound teaching. Today, the library is ranked favourably among other[spelling?] libraries in the Commonwealth of nations.
The library contains 700,000 volumes of information and more than 1,250 seats for readers. It is open to all senior staff, students of the institution, senior staff of the University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan as well as alumni of the university. The library will also admit anyone else with cogent reasons be it research, reference purposes, as well as study into the library on provision of letter of introduction from a recognized university official (i.e. dean of a faculty, head of department from the visitor's school or director of an organization).
Dispute with students' union edit
On 29 May 2017, the management of the school stopped academic activities for undergraduate students. This was as a result of the protest by the student union. The student body was in disagreement with the school authorities over their failure to issue identity cards to the students and the outlaw on some electrical appliances. On 9 June, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20 June. The school resumed activities on 2 July.
Vice Chancellors edit
The vice chancellors since 1947 include:
- Kenneth Mellanby (Principal): 1947 – 1953
- J. T. Saunders (Principal): 1953 – 1956
- J. H. Parry (Principal): 1956 – 1960
- Kenneth Dike (Principal/Vice Chancellor): 1960 – 1967
- Thomas Adeoye Lambo: 1968 – 1971
- Orishejolomi Thomas: December 1972 – November 1975
- Tekena Tamuno: December 1975 – November 1979
- Samson Olajuwon Kokumo Olayide: December 1979 – November 1983
- Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo (acting): November 1983 – November 1984
- Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo: December 1984 – November 1991
- Allen B. O. O. Oyediran: December 1991 – November 1995
- Oladosu A. Ojengbede (acting): December 1995 – March 1996
- Omoniyi O. Adewoye: March 1996 – September 2000
- Olufunso O. Olorunsogo (acting): March 2000 – September 2000
- Ayodele O. Falase: September 2000 – March 2004
- Olufemi Bamiro (acting): March 2004 – November 2005
- Olufemi Bamiro: December 2005 – November 2010
- Isaac Folorunso Adewole: December 2010 – November 2015
- Abel Idowu Olayinka: December 2015 – November 2020
- Adebola Babatunde Ekanola (acting): December 2020 – October 2021
- Kayode Adebowale: October 2021 until date
Notable alumni edit
Author and literary critic Chinua Achebe (BA, 1953)
Geographer, Akin Mabogunje (BA, 1953)
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka (BA, 1954)
Pastor and founder of Deeper Life Bible Church William Kumuyi (BSc 1967)
Academic, Tam David-West (BSc 1958)
Civil rights activist James Meredith
British Scholar, Jeremy Joyner White (PhD 1970)
Writer, theatre director, novelist, critic, Femi Osofisan (BA, 1969)
Physician & former Nigerian Minister of Health, Babatunde Osotimehin (MB.BS, 1972)
Gynaecologist & Nigerian former minister of health, Isaac Adewole (MB.BS 1978)
Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki (BA, 1979)
CEO of Standard Bank Group Sola David-Borha (BSc, 1981)
Former governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa (MB.BS, 1981)
Former governor of Cross River state, Ben Ayade (B.Sc 1988)
National chairman of the APC, Abdullahi Ganduje (PhD, 1993)
Actress Ibinabo Fiberesima (BA, 1994)
- Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq, lawyer, former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange
- Mufutau Oloyede Abdul-Rahmon, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies.
- John Omoniyi Abiri, Nigerian academic
- Sadique Abubakar, former Nigeria Chief of Air Staff
- Chinua Achebe, novelist, author of Things Fall Apart
- J. K. Acquaye, Professor of Haematology, president of the West African College of Physicians (2003–2004)
- Dapo Lam Adesina, Member of House of Representative for Ibadan North East/South Federal Constituency
- Adiele Afigbo, historian
- Ayandiji Daniel Aina, former Vice-Chancellor of Caleb University
- J. F. Ade Ajayi, Nigerian historian
- Wahab Adekola Akande, diplomat
- Claude Ake, Professor of Political Economy, international scholar and social crusader
- Stephen Adebanji Akintoye
- Lola Akande, author and academic
- Grace Alele-Williams
- Elechi Amadi
- Seth Amoama, Ghanaian Chief of the Defence Staff
- Alexander Animalu, Emeritus Professor, former Director National Mathematical Centre, Abuja
- Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General
- Kayode Are, former National Security Adviser and former Director General of the State Security Service
- Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan
- Mosun Belo-Olusoga, financial expert
- Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice
- Vivian E. Browne, visual artist
- J. P. Clark
- Sola David-Borha, Chief Executive (Africa Region) of Standard Bank
- Segun Toyin Dawodu, physician, attorney, academic, and entrepreneur who established the first website on socio-political issues of Nigeria.
- Adebayo Faleti(late), journalist, poet, actor and writer
- Kayode Fayemi, former Governor of Ekiti State, former Min of Solid Minerals
- Chukwuemeka Ike, writer
- Amadi Ikwechegh
- Abiola Irele
- Funmi Iyanda, Nigerian talk show host, broadcaster, journalist
- William Kumuyi, founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry
- Yahaya Kuta, author
- Eyitayo Lambo, Nigerian former Federal Minister of Health
- Mary Lazarus, Nigerian actress.
- Eddie Mbadiwe, Member of the House of Representative
- James Meredith, Civil Rights Movement figure
- Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah
- Aniebiet Inyang Ntui, EU Ambassador, University Librarian of University of Calabar and Professor of Library and Information Science.
- Jerome Nriagu, Environmental chemist, academic and researcher
- Mark Nwagwu, academics and poet
- Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
- Christopher Okigbo
- Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State
- Isidore Okpewho
- Nduka Otiono, journalist and author
- Tunji Olaopa, founder and Executive Vice-chairman, ISGPP
- Olufunmilayo Olopade
- Sophie Oluwole, philosopher
- Miriam Olusanya, first female managing director of GTB
- Akinyinka Omigbodun
- Michael Omolewa, former President of UNESCO General Conference and Ambassador of Nigeria to UNESCO
- Kole Omotosho
- Gamaliel Onosode
- Zakariyau Oseni
- Femi Osofisan, lecturer and playwright known for Women of Owu
- Niyi Osundare
- Jude Rabo, Vice-Chancellor of Federal University, Wukari
- Ken Saro-Wiwa
- Kashim Shettima, Vice President-elect of Nigeria
- Fisayo Soyombo, investigative journalist
- Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature
- Martin I. Uhomoibhi
- Farida Waziri
- Folashade Yemi-Esan, head of the civil service of the federation
Notable faculty edit
- Beatrice Aboyade, librarian
- Isaac Folorunso Adewole
- Rashid Adewumi Aderinoye
- Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, Professor of English
- Ayo Bamgbose, Professor of Linguistics
- Jacob Ade Ajayi, Professor of History
- F. V. Atkinson, mathematician
- Olumbe Bassir, founding member of Biochemistry and Microbiology departments
- Grace Gbotosho, senior lecturer at the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
- Christine Hamill, mathematician
- Rosemary Hutton, geophysicist and pioneer of magnetotellurics
- Molly Mahood, literary scholar
- Mark Nwagwu, Professor of Biology, and Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science
- Olakunbi Olasope, Professor of Classics
- Abel Idowu Olayinka
- Michael Omolewa, Professor of History and Adult Education
- Folake Onayemi, Professor of Classics and Head of the Department of Classics
- Ebun Oni, geophysicist
- Niyi Osundare
- H. F. C. Smith
- Wole Soyinka
- Grace Oladunni Taylor, biochemist, first African to win a L'Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science and second female inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Science
- Fabian Udekwu, Professor of Surgery, first Nigerian cardiothoracic surgeon
- Duncan White
Gallery of campus edit
Facult of Arts, University of Ibadan
CBT Centre, University of Ibadan
Second gate of the prestigious University of Ibadan 2
Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan
Post-graduate administrative building, University of Ibadan
Tekena Tamuno Building, UI
University of Ibadan (VC's office)
University of Ibadan College of Medicine
Love Garden, University of Ibadan
University of Ibadan
Senator Abiola Ajimobi Foundation Resource center
International Conference Center University of Ibadan
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