Nigerian Universities & Higher Education


Higher Education in Nigeria is overseen by the Ministry of Education and the local authorities take responsibility for implementing policy for state-controlled public education and state schools at a regional level. The government has majority control of university education.


Nigerian Universities Outlook

Students normally enter university from age 18 onward and study for an academic degree. Historically, universities are divided into several tiers:

  • First Generation Universities
  • Second Generation Universities
  • Third Generation Universities
  • State Universities
  • Private Universities
Abia State University

Nigerian universitiesAs a foremost state University in Nigeria founded in 1981, Abia State University has maintained its leadership within and beyond the Eastern heartlands of Nigeria. It has remained resilient in the acquisition and dissemination of ICT-driven skills, comparable to graduates anywhere in Africa. Located in the Igbo heartland where skill acquisition and entrepreneurship constitute the culture of the people, the University’s academic plan is structured to act as the backbone in the realization of the entrepreneurship drive of the people

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American University of Nigeria

Nigerian universitiesThe American University of Nigeria was founded in response to the need for a world-class university in sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of AUN is to train the future leaders of Africa and to serve as both a stimulus and agent of economic development throughout the region. To that end, all students, regardless of academic specialization, will receive high-level training in information technology, entrepreneurship and in arts and sciences, all of which are the key to future sustainable development. AUN is committed to providing the skills and the leadership essential to advancing the continent’s pressing social and economic challenges.

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Achievers University

Nigerian universitiesAchievers University is in Owo, Ondo State and it is a private sector initiative, established in 2007. Achievers University is planned and structured to carve a niche for herself in the world of education through her resolve to adopt international benchmark in all areas, including academic curriculum, infrastructure and general administration.


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Ambrose Alli University

Nigerian universitiesAmbrose Alli University is a university in Nigeria established in 1981. Faculties include: College of Arts and Social Science; College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; College of Education; College of Engineering and Technology; College of Environmental Design; College of Legal Studies; College of Medical Science; College of Natural Science.


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Benue State University

Nigerian universitiesBenue State University is a state-owned and -operated university in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. Its 2006 student enrollment was over 19,000.


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University of Ibadan

Nigerian universitiesThe University of Ibadan strives to be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs. The mission of the University of Ibadan is to expand the frontiers of knowledge through provision of excellent conditions for learning and research; to produce graduates who are worthy in character and sound judgement; to contribute to the transformation of society through creativity and innovation; To serve as a dynamic custodian of society’s salutary values and thus sustain its integrity.


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National Open University of Nigeria

Nigerian universitiesThe National Open University of Nigeria is an Open and Distance Learning (ODL) institution, the first of its kind in the West African sub-region. It is Nigeria’s largest tertiary institution in terms of student numbers.


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Crescent University

Nigerian universitiesCrescent university, Abeokuta was established as a private university by the Islamic Mission for Africa. The University is out to assist in closing the widening gap between attainable potential student population and limited space in Nigerian educational system. The motto of the University is Knowledge and Faith which emphasizes the principle of pursuing academic excellence in a Godly way as envisioned in the mission statement.

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Delta State University, Abraka

Nigerian universitiesThe Delta State University, Abraka – popularly known as DELSU, Abraka – is a State government university of Nigeria with a main campus located at Abraka, Delta and a campus at Anwai, Asaba. The University runs a multi-campus system with three campuses within a distance of about 200 km apart.


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Ebonyi State University

Nigerian universitiesThe goals and objectives of Ebonyi state University are consistent with the objectives of the National Policy on Education, particularly Higher Education in Nigeria. Ebonyi state university is located at the capital of Ebonyi state, with five campuses.


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Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

Nigerian universitiesThe Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, originally the Federal University of Agriculture, is a federal university in Umudike,Abia State, Nigeria. It offers more than 100 programs, and grants more than 40 undergraduate degrees. Post Graduate degrees are offered (M.Sc. and MBA ) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in over 15 departments, in 11 schools and colleges. The university issues the following degrees: Bachelor of Agriculture; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Management; Bachelor of Engineering; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science; Doctor of Philosophy.

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University of Uyo

Nigerian universitiesThe University of Uyo was founded in 1991 by the Federal Government of Nigeria. It operates from four campuses:

  • The Main Campus which accommodates the Part of Central Administration, Faculties of Engineering and Natural and Applied Sciences, and the Postgraduate School
  • The Town Campus which accommodates Faculties of Arts, Education, Social Sciences, Pharmacy
  • The Annex Campus, home for the Faculties of Agriculture, Business Administration, Law, Engineering, Environment Studies and General Studies, and
  • The Ime Umana Campus, Ediene Abak, which accommodates the Pre-Degree, IJMB and other special courses.


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University of Agriculture in Makurdi

Nigerian universitiesThe University of Agriculture in Makurdi (UAM) is a higher education institution in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria and was established in 1988. In general, the objective of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi is to put in place a system of teaching, research and extension toward appropriate technology creation, transfer and use in Nigerian agriculture.

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The Polytechnic, Ibadan

Nigerian universitiesThe primary function of the Polytechnic is to provide for students training and development of techniques in applied science, engineering, environmental science and commerce. The Polytechnic has been producing majorly middle-level manpower that has been making valuable contributions to the social and economic development of the country.


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Federal University of Petroleum Resources

Nigerian universitiesThe Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun(FUPRE), Delta State, Nigeria was established in March 2007 under a Federal Government of Nigeria initiative to build a specialized University to produce unique high level manpower and relevant expertise for the Oil & Gas sector in Nigeria and worldwide.

View the Federal University of Petroleum Resources website