Madonna University Nigeria, is the first Private Catholic University in the West African Region and also the First Private University to be approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Madonna University Nigeria commenced full Academic Programmes in 1999. This noble Institution was founded by Very Rev. Fr. Prof. EMP. Edeh CSSP OFR.

Madonna University, Nigeria went into active operation in 1999, as the first private University in Nigeria and first Catholic University in West Africa. With the University starting first in Okija which was her take-off campus. The University’s main campus was relocated to Elele, Rivers State, in 2004. The University’s third campus located in Akpugo; Enugu State came into operation in 2011.


Our principal objective is to remain in the front-line of centers of learning, teaching and research.

Our Mission

As a University with difference, Madonna works for the improvement of her local community as well as for an active contribution to the needs of the international community in the aforementioned areas. The various Colleges, Institutes and Faculties in our University help to foster an interdisciplinary approach to different areas of study and enhance the discouragement of the traditional claim for exclusivity and superiority by each discipline. By so doing a healthy interdisciplinary contribution to studies for the promotion of the life of man on earth is also facilitated. In order to help our outstanding students, face the challenges of our contemporary world, all are invited to make contribution for the realization of the enormous and onerous vision of the Madonna University.

University Motto

The core identity of every member of the University Community finds its meaning on the Motto: “Dignitas Scientiae et Moralis” – “Decency in Academics and Morals”. This dictum is not meant to be a mere paper proclamation of good intentions, but a guiding philosophy of its entire University life. It is also the responsibility of every staff and student to embrace, respect and promote it.

Uniqueness of Madonna University

1st  Private University to go into full operation in Nigeria

1st Catholic University within the West African sub-region

1st Nigerian University to operate a 100% boarding system for all her students

1st Private University to produce licensed Medical Doctors in Nigeria.

1st Private University to send Law graduates to Nigeria Law School.

1st Private University in Nigeria to produce licensed Pharmacists.

1st private University in Nigeria to operate Students work-study programme: a programme that helps Students: to earn some money by offering some services to the University during ‘their free periods.

1st Nigeria Private University to have her graduates work in all the continents of the world with certificates issued by the University.

Global Impact

At Madonna University,Nigeria, Our students graduate with honors in character, leadership, skills and academics, enjoy both local and international credibility and recognition.


Campus: Elele Campus, Rivers State.

Date Founded: 2004


Department of Anatomy

Department of Physiology

College of Medicine


The Faculty of Medicine was established in October 2001 with three departments; Anatomy, Medical Biochemistry and Physiology, two years after the University was given a certificate of registration as a private University in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Faculty was set up to train undergraduate medical students in pre-clinical and prepare them for their future training in clinical medicine. The foundation Dean of the Faculty was late Doctor Mbanwusi M.C, a senior consultant of Surgery. The Faculty started with 17 medical students. In 2003 the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences was created. The new Faculty took over the three Departments and the training of pre-clinical students. Also, in the same year the first Provost of the college of Medicine and Health Sciences was appointed in the person of Prof Ibeh C.I. After his tenure as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, the pioneer Dean was succeeded by Dr. P.J.C. Nwosu in 2005. Prof A.E. Anya took over as Dean in June 2009 before handing over to the current Dean Professor C.T. John in June 2014 at the end of his tenure.

The Faculty since its inception, has witnessed steady increase in staff, facilities, student’s enrolment and graduate output. The faculty graduated its first batch of graduates in 2009. Staff of the Faculty have been very regular and consistent in their participation at national and international conferences. Governance of our Faculty adopts an integrated approach in which each member of staff is assigned to a duty as a coordinator or officer. Main duties in the several Departments making up the Faculty are carried out by these coordinators/officers. These officers in turn report to the respective Head of Departments who supervises their duties. Head of Departments in turn then update the Dean. Regular Faculty board meetings are held during which issues affecting or likely to affect the wellbeing of staff and students as well as the teaching of the courses and discharge of duties are raised, deliberated, debated and finally resolved in a cordial way that enhances the sustainability of our role as staff and relationship with students and the University administration.

Philosophy, Objectives of the Programme

The education and training of MBBS candidates in the Faculty is attuned to the basic health needs of the society. This commitment is reflected in a competency-directed and community-oriented approach with emphasis on social responsiveness and relevance, and life-long learning.

Deriving from the broad philosophy of the Faculty, the following objectives are pursued:

a. To provide students with a broad and balanced foundation of sound scientific, professional platform for the production of medical doctors who would be capable of working anywhere in Nigeria and be acceptable by the international community;

b. to provide such training as would equip these future health personnel to render care at Primary Health Care (PHC) level;

c. to develop in students the ability to apply knowledge and skills to solving theoretical and practical issues and satisfy internationally recognized standards, and undertake postgraduate training towards specialization within and outside the country; and

d. to train medical doctors with sufficient management ability to play a leadership role in health care delivery and develop a range of transferable skills that are of value in Medical practice.


Department of Biochemistry

Department of Computer Science

Department of Industrial Chemistry

Department of Microbiology

Medical Laboratory Science


Public Health

Nursing Science

Campus: Okija Campus, Anambra State.

Year Founded: 1999


Faculty of Law

Brief Overview of the Faculty

Madonna University Nigeria was founded in 1999 as the Premier Private Catholic University in the West African Sub-Region, through the relentless effort of Rt. Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Mathew Paul Edeh. Motto and guiding principle of the University are: “Dignitas Scientiae et Moral” (Decency in Education and Morals).

Faculty of Law was one of the first Faculties to be established in the University. Its philosophy is built around the motto of the University, and its programme is designed to inculcate knowledge, decency and discipline in the graduates of the Faculty, and to ensure that they acquire a clear understanding of the laws and to use the knowledge so acquired to properly engineer the society in whichever sphere of life they may find themselves in future.

In line with the culture of the University, all students of the Faculty are resident on campus where discipline and morality are strictly maintained. This has endeared the Faculty to the public and has brought about an increased desire in parents to enroll their children into the Faculty and the University. However, as a result of the quota system policy of the Law School, and that of the National Universities Commission, student population in the Faculty of Law has been very much affected. Presently, the Faculty is domiciled on an expansive ultra-modern edifice specifically structured for the purpose law education. The two storey edifice comprises three blocks on the ground floor that are interconnected, and two blocks on the first floor that are also interconnected. Block I of the ground floor has three wings, designated respectively as A, B and C. The Faculty has a moot court, Law Clinic, E-Library and a functional, well equipped Law library, and can boast of a team of well qualified lecturers…


All human activities, including social, economic, political, religious, etc, take place within the legal frame work within a state. The philosophy of law programme herein is designed to ensure that any graduate of law will be in possession of a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in the society. It is equally imperative that the student of law should have a broad general knowledge of and interaction with other disciplines in the society in his journey towards acquiring legal education.

Legal Education should include critical analysis and examination of prevailing social, economic and political systems of his community and secondly as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operation, efficiency and relevance of various rules of law the society. In designing this law programme or curriculum, much care has been taken to ensure that law will be taught as it exists at any given time and that the law student will be able to use law as a comfortable instrument to resolve various agitating social, economic, political and religious problems and conflict in the society.

The National Universities Commission in its publication. Approved minimum academic standards in law for all Nigerian universities declared’ “The progamme, therefore seeks to introduce a student to the process of legal development and equip him with the basic tools of legal analysis or legal method”. It is inconceivable to produce a comprehensive programme to cover; and deal, with all the various and variegated legal fields. Hopefully on graduation, the law student will then be in a position to fend for himself.


In view of the philosophy, the Faculty of Law aims at producing a law graduate with a level of education to serve as legal adviser to the governments of the day, their agencies, companies, business firms etc. As a law graduate, the student will qualify to be admitted into the Nigerian law school to train further and to qualify as a lawyer. He will then fit into judicial services, legal drafting and advising legislative and administrative functions, criminal prosecution, civil litigation, arbitration, administration of a state, and etc.


The Faculty of Law offers a programme of undergraduate study leading to the degree of laws (LL. B) The duration of the programme is based on a five-point (5) years full time frame. The programme is based on a five-point system as recommended by the NUC and incorporated into this programme. The programme is for students with senior school certificate of Education (SSCE) Certificate, General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary level or their equivalent. However, direct entry candidates will be permitted in the second year of the programme. Students’ progress throughout the programme is on a merit system. Students must pass most of all the courses in each year of study before proceeding to the next level. All field courses (if any) must be registered first before fresh courses.

Students who after graduating at the end of their course and wish to be called to the Nigerian Bar will have to proceed to the Nigerian Law School for a year’s professional course as required by Section 5 of the legal Education (Consolidation) Act 1976. The programme is designed to ensure that graduates of law will have a clear understanding of the place and importance of law in society. Because all human activities-social, economic political, etc. takes place within the legal framework, it is necessary that the student of law should have a broad general knowledge and exposure to other disciplines in the process of acquiring legal education. Legal education should therefore, act, first, as a stimulus to stir the student into critical analysis and examination of the prevailing social, economic and political systems of his community and secondly, as an intellectual exercise aimed at studying and assessing the operation, efficiency and relevance of various rules of law in society.

In the formulation of the curriculum presented in this Handbook, care has been taken to ensure that law will be taught as it exist at any given moment and that our students will be comparative in their approach to legal studies, bearing in mind that there are many systems of law- statutory law, common law- customary law and Islamic Law currently in operation. The programme seeks to introduce students to law, empower him with many principles of judicial process and legal development and equip him with basic tools of legal analysis or methodologies. The programme presents only a very dim light with which a prospective lawyer may see vaguely, the road maps that runs through a university and law school into “the temple of justice” where he will live all the days of his life. The programme is not designed to make him an expert in any field of law, but to enable him see in a caliginous light what openings are available to him as a student. He can then make a more sensible choice where to move in and pitch his tent in the legal field; there he would specialize by acquiring the necessary and relevant tools, skills, tricks and experience, which will guide him successfully through his life’s journey with the law.

Emphasis shall therefore be laid on the development of the following:

A sound University education in law with sound catholic Christian knowledge and practice

Understanding of the role of law in society

Knowledge of institutions, such as parliaments, courts and other public organizations

The capacity to analyze legal materials

The capacity to listen, argue and write effectively (communication skills)

Research skills (searching the law- the capacity to find the relevant law and information as needed)

A good grasp of current information technology

Knowledgeable in other areas of human endeavors, like psychology, political Science, economic, etc. to appreciate the role of law in the society

Knowledge of law to enable tentative diagnosis of legal problems

Basic knowledge in drafting legal documents

Awareness of the importance of the legal system as a whole.

Departments In LAW

Public and Private Law

Private law is that part of a civil law legal system which is part of the jus commune that involves relationships between individuals, such as the law of contracts or torts (as it is called in the common law), and the law of obligations (as it is called in civil legal systems).

Public law is that part of law which governs relationships between individuals and the government, and those relationships between individuals which are of direct concern to society.  Public law comprises constitutional law, administrative law, tax law and criminal law, as well as all procedural law. In public law, mandatory rules prevail. Laws concerning relationships between individuals belong to private law.

Courses Offered in Department of Public and Private Law

Public & Private Law can be divided into several fields, listed below are the courses offered under Madonna Faculty of Law:

Constitutional Law

Administrative Law

Criminal Law

Law of Evidence

Civil Procedure/Criminal Procedure

Law of Tort

Equity and Trust

Family Law

Jurisprudence and International Law

Jurisprudence or legal theory is the theoretical study of law. Scholars of jurisprudence seek to explain the nature of law in its most general form and provide a deeper understanding of legal reasoning, legal systems, legal institutions, and the role of law in society.

International law, also known as public international law and law of nations, is the set of rules, norms, and standards generally accepted in relations between nations.

Courses Offered in Jurisprudence and International Law:

Jurisprudence and International Law can be divided into several fields, listed below are the courses offered under Madonna Faculty of Law:

Nigeria Legal system

Legal method

Jurisprudence and legal theory

Conflict of laws

International law

Commercial, Property and Industrial Law

Other Departments in Okija Campus:

Department of Accounting

Department of Banking and Finance

Department of Business Administration

Department of Economics

Department of Entrepreneurship

Department of International Relations

Department of Library and Information Science

Department of Marketing

Department of Mass Communication

Department of Political Science

Department of Public Administration

Department of Psychology

Department of Sociology

Department of Business Education

Department of Computer Science Education

Department of English Language

Department of Philosophy

Campus: Akpugo Campus, Enugu State.

Date Founded: 2011


Chemical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Civil Engineering

Electrical & Electronics Engineering

Petroleum Engineering

Computer Engineering

Food Science & Technology


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