In this article, Students Mirror looks at the history of the University of Ibadan. It also gives out details on the institution’s ranking position according to major education publications, the university’s current school fee, and other information about the academic institution.
History of University of Ibadan
The University of Ibadan came into existence in 1948. This is a public research university situated in Ibadan, Nigeria. The university was previously known as the University College Ibadan, before it became an independent university sometime in 1962. It’s known as Nigeria’s oldest degree-awarding institution.
The University, www.ui.edu.ng, has about fifteen residence halls that can house approximately thirty percent of its students. Some of the university’s popular halls include Lord Tedder Hall, Sultan Bello Hall, and Kenneth Mellanby Hall, among others.
The staff strength of the institution has a total of about five thousand, with about a thousand housing units for its senior and junior workers. The university’s establishment came following a 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 Nigeria and in Ghana.
Yaba College was founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos, making it the first tertiary educational institution in the country. After Nigeria’s independence in 1960 and a subsequent drive to domesticate several institutions, UCI became an independent university in early 1962 and the appellation was changed to University of Ibadan.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who was the first Prime Minister of independent Nigeria, was the first Chancellor of the university. The first Nigerian-born vice chancellor of the university was Kenneth Dike.
The University of Ibadan shut down operations in March 2022. The institution was closed down due to the extended industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). In a special bulletin directed at students, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi, asked them to vacate their halls of residence with immediate effect.
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) in August , 2022, handed over the University of Ibadan Vocational School, which it constructed in line with its capacity-building mandate and the Nigerian Content ten-year strategic roadmap. While handing over the facility to the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, Engr. Kesiye Wabote made it known that the completion and handing over of the facility was an important milestone in content development of the country.
Philip Ozuah, who graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1985 and is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore Medicine, Montefiore Health System (MHS), as well as the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, donated the sum of $US1 million to the College of Medicine UI on August 1, 2022, during the unveiling of the CoMUI’s new student hostel facility.
Professor Kayode Oyebode Adebowale became the 13th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan as approved by the senate of the institution on October 20, 2021.
In August 2022, UI medicine college held a foundation laying ceremony.
In May 2022, the Federal High Court in Ibadan ordered the University of Ibadan (UI) to pay N200,000 to Mr. Aderemi Ojo, a former student union leader, for failing to open its defence in an ongoing case. The Chief Justice, Uche Agomoh, gave the order after listening to the application of Mr. Ola Adeosun, the counsel for Ojo, to award the cost against the university for delaying the dispensation of justice.
Faculties at the University of Ibadan
- Agriculture and Forestry
- Basic Medical Sciences
- Clinical Sciences
- Public Health
- Social Science
- Veterinary Medicine
- Renewable Natural Resources
- Environmental Design and Management Economics
University of Ibadan Notable Alumni
The University of Ibadan has produced quite a number of notable alumni. Some of which them who are very renowned and notable are listed below:
- Claude Ake was a Professor of Political Economy, an international scholar, and a social crusader.
- J. F. Ade Ajayi is a Nigerian historian.
- Emeritus Professor Alexander Animalu, former Director of the National Mathematical Centre in Abuja,
- Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq, a lawyer and former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
- William F Kumuyi is the founder of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, a mega church in Nigeria and across the world
- Chinua Achebe, novelist and author of Things Fall Apart.
- Dapo Lam Adesina served as the Member of the House of Representatives for Ibadan North East/South Federal Constituency.
- Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General.
- Kayode Fayemi served as Governor of Ekiti State and was a former Minister of Solid Minerals.
- Eyitayo Lambo, a Nigerian former Federal Minister of Health,
- Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature.
List Of Courses Offered At The University of Ibadan
Here are the list of available courses in University of Ibadan
- Medicine & Surgery
- Human Nutrition
- Nursing Science
- Fisheries and Wildlife Management
- Forestry Resources Management
- Arabic Language & Literature
- Islamic Studies
- Archaeology with History
- Archaeology with Classics
- Archaeology with Religious Studies
- Religious Studies
- Communication & Language Arts
- Linguistics and African Studies:
- In Linguistics
- In Yoruba
- In Igbo
- English Language & Literature
- European Studies:
- In French
- In Russian
- In German
- In Theatre Arts
- Veterinary Medicine
- Agricultural & Environmental Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Industrial Production Engineering
- Petroleum Engineering
- Electrical & Electronics Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Food Technology
- Wood Products Engineering
- Political Science
- Adult Education
- Educational Management
- Teacher Education:
- In Arts
- In Social Sciences
- In Science
- In Pre-Primary Education
- Special Education
- Human Kinetics
- Health Education
- Guidance & Counselling
- Library Studies
- Industrial Chemistry
- Computer Science
History of University Of Ibadan Zoological Garden
The University of Ibadan Zoological Garden came to existence in 1948 originally as Menagerie to support teaching and research in the University Department of Zoology. However, over time, the animal collection increased in amount and the Menagerie gradually Transformed into a full-fledged Zoo sometime in 1974.
The University of Ibadan Zoo, is now a modern zoo, which houses wild animals of different types ranging from mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
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