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 University of London. It became an independent university in 1963 and is the oldest degree awarding institution in Nigeria.

Former names: University College Ibadan
Motto: “Recte Sapere Fons” (To think straight is the fount of knowledge).
Type: Public
Established: 1948
Chairman: Nde Joshua Mutka Waklek
Chancellor: Saad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto
Vice-Chancellor: Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka
Students: 41,743
Location: Ibadan, Oyo, 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.

The University of Ibadan is made up 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, 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 amongst 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 which provide accommodation for about 30% of the population of students in the regular studies mode, some of the popular halls in the university includes Lord Tedder Hall, Kenneth Mellanby Hall, Sultan Bello Hall, Nnamdi Azikiwe 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 1000 in Times Higher Education rankings. Prior to that, it had always made the top 10 African Universities 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. 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. In 1948, staff and students from Yaba Higher College were transferred to Ibadan to form the new University College Ibadan.

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 Nigeria
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. 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. unlike the UNN, which started the same three years earlier.

University rankings

ARWU World
901–1000 (2019)

THE World
501–600 (2020)

733 (2020)

The current principal members of the university administration are:

Visitor Muhammadu Buhari
Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Nde Joshua Mutka Waklek
Chancellor Sultan Sa’adu Abubakar, 20th Sultan of Sokoto
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
University Librarian (UL) Dr Helen O. Komolafe-Opadeji, CLN

Agriculture and Forestry
Basic Medical Sciences
Clinical Sciences
Public Health
The Social Sciences
Veterinary Medicine
Renewable natural resources
Environmental design and management (proposed)

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

Centres Of Excellence:

Centre For Excellence In Teaching & Learning]
Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonoses
Center for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP)

Affiliate Institutions:

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

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.

Library :
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.

The Library is named after Professor Kenneth Dike who was the first indigenous Principal and former Vice-Chancellor of the school. 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 in the comity of libraries in the Commonwealth.

The Library contains 700,000 volumes of information and over 1,250 sears 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, study etc into the library on provision of letter of introduction from a recognized university official i.e. Deal, HOD from the visitor’s school or organization.

Students’ Union

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 Activities:
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.[26] On 9 June, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20th. The school resumed activities on 2 July.

The vice chancellors since 1947 include:

Kenneth Mellanby (Principal) – 1947 to 1953

J. T. Saunders (Principal) – 1953 to 1956

J. H. Parry (Principal) – 1956 to 1960

Kenneth Dike (Principal/Vice Chancellor) – 1960 to 1967

Thomas Adeoye Lambo – 1968 to 1971

Orishejolomi Thomas – Dec 1972 to Nov 1975

Tekena Tamuno – Dec 1975 to Nov 1979

Samson Olajuwon Kokumo Olayide – Dec 1979 to Nov 1983

Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo (acting) – Nov 1983 to Nov 1984

Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo – Dec 1984 – Nov 1991

Allen B. O. O. Oyediran – Dec 1991 to Nov 1995

Oladosu A. Ojengbede (acting) – Dec 1995 to Mar 1996

Omoniyi O. Adewoye – Mar 1996 to Sept 2000

Olufunso O. Olorunsogo (acting) – Mar 2000 to Sept 2000

Ayodele O. Falase – Sept 2000 to Mar 2004

Olufemi Bamiro (acting) – Mar 2004 to Nov 2005

Olufemi Bamiro – Dec 2005 to Nov 2010

Isaac Folorunso Adewole – Dec 2010 to Nov 2015

Abel Idowu Olayinka – Dec 2015 to present


Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq, lawyer, former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.

John Omoniyi Abiri, Nigerian academic.

Sadique Abubakar, Nigeria Chief of Air Staff.

Chinua Achebe, novelist, author of Things Fall Apart.

Dapo Lam Adesina, Member of House of Representative for Ibadan North East/South Federal Constituency.

Adiele Afigbo, historian.

J. F. Ade Ajayi, Nigerian historian.

Claude Ake, Professor of Political Economy, international scholar and social crusader.

Stephen Adebanji Akintoye.

Lola Akande, author and academic.

Grace Alele-Williams.

Elechi Amadi.

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, vice chancellor of the University of Ibadan in 1984.

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, journalist, poet, actor and writer.

Kayode Fayemi, 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.

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.

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.

Temitope Ogunsemo Nigerian edtech entrepreneur.

Christopher Okigbo.

Isidore Okpewho.

Tunji Olaopa, founder and Executive Vice-Chairman, ISGPP.

Olufunmilayo Olopade.

Sophie Oluwole, philosopher.

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.

Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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.

Yahaya Kuta, author


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