THE UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT is a university in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt. It was established in 1975  as University College, Port Harcourt and was given University status in 1977. The University of Port Harcourt was ranked the sixth in Africa and the first in Nigeria by Times Higher Education (THE) in 2015.

Former name:

University College, Port Harcourt

Motto: For Enlightenment and Self-Reliance

Type: Public

Established: 1975

Vice-Chancellor: Ndowa Lale

Students: 35,000-39,999

Location: Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

Campus: Urban

Colours: Blue and white

Nickname: Uniport



The university originally had six schools in 1977:

School of Humanities

School of Social Sciences

School of Biological Sciences

School of Chemical Sciences

School of Physical Sciences

School of Educational Studies

School of Science Laboratory Technology (SSLT).

It changed from a school system to a faculty system in 1982. The university now has twelve faculties:

Faculty of Humanities

Faculty of Social Sciences

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Engineering

Faculty of Management Sciences

College of Health Sciences

Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences

Faculty of Science

Faculty of Dentistry

Faculty of Pharmacy

Faculty of Agriculture

Faculty of Law


1              Faculty of Clinical Sciences          

Internal Medicine

Paediatrics and Child Health



Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Preventive & Social Medicine



Mental Health

Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery


2              Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences             




Anatomical Pathology

Chemical Pathology

Haematology, Blood Transfusion & Immunology

Medical Microbilogy

Medical Biochemistry

3              Faculty of Dentistry        

Restoration Dentistry

Child Dental Health

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Preventive& Social Dentistry

Oral Pathology & Oral Biology

4              Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences         

Clinical Pharmacy and Management

Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry

Pharmaceutical Microbiology and Biotechnology

Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology

5              Faculty of Humanities   

Department of Music

Department of English Studies

Department of Fine Arts and Design

Department of Foreign Language & Literature

Department of Religious and Cultural Studies

Department of History & Diplomatic Studies

Department of Philosophy

Department of Theatre and Film Studies

Department of Linguistics and Communication Studies

6              Faculty of Social Sciences             

Department of Economics

Department of Geography & Environmental Management

Department of Sociology

Department of Political & Administration Studies

7              Faculty of Sciences         

Department of Animal & Environmental Biology

Department of Microbiology

Department of Plant Science & Biotechnology

Department of Pure & Industrial Chemistry

Department of Computer Science

Department of Geology

Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Department of Physics

Department of Biochemistry

8              Faculty of Education      

Department of Adult & Non-Formal Education

Department of Curriculum Studies & Educational Technology

Department of Educational Foundations

Department of Educational Management and Planning

Department of Education Psychology, Guidiance. & Counselling

Department of Human Kinetics & Health Education

Department Library and Information Science

Department of Early Childhood and Primary Education

9.            Faculty of Engineering  

Department of Chemical Engineering

Department of Petroleum Engineering

Department of Civil Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Department of Electrical Engineering

Department of Gas Engineering

Department of Environmental Engineering

10           Faculty of Agriculture    

Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension

Department of Animal Science

Department of Crop and Soil Science

Department of Fisheries

Department of Forestry and Wildlife.

Notable Alumni:

Emmanuel Agwoje, businessman.

Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, former Governor of Rivers State and Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum.

Andre Blaze, TV personality.

Agbani Darego, former Miss Nigeria and former Miss World.

Sam Dede, Nollywood actor.

Rita Dominic, Nollywood actress.

Francis Duru, Nollywood actor.

Yul Edochie, Nollywood actor.

Muma Gee, singer and Nollywood actress.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former Governor of Bayelsa State and former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Miraboi, businessman and singer.

Patience Maseli, first female Deputy Director of the Upstream Division of the Department of Petroleum Resources.

Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, nuclear engineer, and former Director-General and CEO of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission.

Victor Osuagwu. actor.

Alex Otti, banker.

Timipre Sylva, former Executive Governor of Bayelsa State and one time member of Rivers State House of Assembly.

Basorge Tariah Jr., actor.

M Trill, rapper.


Claude Ake, Political Science & Administration.

George C. Clerk, Botany.

Ogbonnaya Onu, Chemical Engineering.

Ola Rotimi, Theatre Arts.

Kay Williamson, linguist specializing in the Ijaw languages.

Former Vice Chancellors:

Prof. Joseph Atubokiki Ajienka – 2010 ~ 2015

Prof. Don Baridam – 2005 ~ 2010

Prof. Nimi Briggs – 2000 ~ 2005

Prof. Theo Vincent – 1996 ~ 2000

Prof. Nimi Briggs – (Acting) 1995 ~ 1996

Prof. Ademola Salau – (Acting) 1994 ~ 1995

Prof. Njidda M. Gadzama – (Acting) 1992 ~ 1994

Prof. Kelsey Harrison – 1989 ~ 1992

Prof. Sylvanus J. Cookey – 1982 ~ 1989

Prof. Donald E. U. Ekong – 1977 ~ 1982


Below are a list of affiliate institutions of the University of Port Harcourt approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC):

National Missionary Seminary of St. Paul, Gwagwalada, Abuja.

Methodists Theological institute, Umuahia.

Baptist College of Theology, Obinze, Owerri


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