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The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest degree awarding institution in Nigeria,[2][3] and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. It is popularly known as Unibadan or UI.

University of Ibadan
University of Ibadan (shield).png
UI crest
Former names
University College Ibadan
Motto"Recte Sapere Fons" (To think straight is the fount of knowledge).
ChairmanNde Joshua Mutka Waklek
ChancellorSaad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto
Vice-ChancellorProfessor Abel Idowu Olayinka
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Besides the College of Medicine, there are twelve other faculties: Arts, Science, Agriculture and Forestry, Renewable Natural Resources, Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Technology, Law, Public Health, and Dentistry. A thirteenth, Economics, Environmental Design and Management, is proposed.

The university has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens. In September 2016, it became the first Nigerian university to make the top 1000 in Times Higher Education rankings. Prior to that, it had always made the top African 10 in Webometrics Rankings.


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.[4][5] 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.[6] 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. In 1948, staff and students from Yaba Higher College were transferred to Ibadan to form the new University College Ibadan.[7]

The university college started on 18 January 1948. The sod of its permanent site was cut on 17 November 1948 and became a full-fledged independent university in early 1963.

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.

First degree awarding institution in NigeriaEdit

At the time of its establishment as University College Ibadan, students were awarded degrees of the University of London. That makes it the first degree awarding institution in Nigeria.[8] The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) was the first university in Nigeria when it was established as an autonomous and full-fledged university in 1960. UI became autonomous in 1963 and started awarding its own degrees in 1967.[9] unlike the UNN, which started the same three years earlier.


The current principal members of the university administration are:[10]

Office Holder
Visitor Muhammadu Buhari
Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Nde Joshua Mutka Waklek
Chancellor Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar
Vice-Chancellor Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Adebola Babatunde Ekanola
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) Professor Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo
Registrar Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi
Bursar Dr. Michael O. Alatise
Librarian Dr Helen O. Komolafe-Opadeji


  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Arts
  • Basic Medical Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Science
  • Technology
  • The Social Sciences
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Renewable natural resources
  • Environmental design and management (proposed)
  • Economics

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.[11]

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 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.[12]


  • Institutes of African Studies
  • Institute of Child Health
  • Institute of Education
  • Advanced Medical Research and Training
  • Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies
  • LES Institute of PAU

Affiliate institutionsEdit

Below is a list of affiliate institutions of the University of Ibadan, approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).[13]

  • Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu
  • 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
  • SS Peter And Paul Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan
  • Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education, Samonda, Ibadan
  • Dominican Institute, Samonda, Ibadan
  • ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja
  • UMCA, Ilorin
  • Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso


Among the notable structures in the university is the central Kenneth Dike Library, 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.

Students' unionEdit

Kunle Adepeju, first student martyr in Nigeria

The university allows the participation of students in some decision making. The students' union is headed by a president who wins by majority vote in the elections. All positions in the students' union are contested for.

Recent activitiesEdit

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 were in disagreement with the school authorities over their failure to issue identity cards to the students and the outlaw on some electrical appliances.[14] On 9 June, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20th.[15] The school resumed activities on 2 July.[16]

Vice ChancellorsEdit


Notable alumniEdit

See also Category:University of Ibadan alumni

Notable facultyEdit

UIAA meeting

Gallery of infrastructures at the universityEdit


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  • Damtew Teferra; et al. (2003). African Higher Education: An International Reference Handbook. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-34186-0.

Further readingEdit

  • Tekena Tamuno (1981). Ibadan Voices: Ibadan University in Transition. Ibadan University Press. ISBN 978-978-121-109-6.

External linksEdit