University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria
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The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July, 1971. In his Budget Speech in April 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State, Col. S. O. Ogbemudia (then also Visitor to the University) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. On 1st April, 1975 the University at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal Government and became a Federal University.
Today, the University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Units.Following NUC’s directives, the University experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93.
However, in the light of new developments, the University reverted to the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health which reverted back to the Collegiate System in August, 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head. The Faculties as presently constituted are those of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Pharmacy, Physical Science, Social Science, and the College of Medical Sciences (which has three Schools: Basic Medical Sciences; Dentistry and Medicine; and the Institute of Child Health).
In January 2006, the Federal Government approved the take off of the College of Petroleum and Gas Engineering of the University of Benin at Effurun, near Warri, in Delta State, with the initial population of 100 students in two departments; Petroleum Engineering and Gas Engineering.
The University offers courses at various levels: Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Diploma and Certificate. Presently, the total student enrolment stands at over 40,000 made up of both full-time and part-time students shared among the various Faculties.
The university was founded in 1970 by the military government of Samuel Ogbemudia. It teaches in a broad range of subjects, including a medical school. It has a student enrollment of approximately 50,000.
In 1985, Grace Alele-Williams became Nigeria's first female vice-chancellor when she was appointed to head the University of Benin. She served as its vice-chancellor until 1991.
The university of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology it also was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971. In his Budget Speech in April, 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State, Col. S.O. Ogbemudia (then also visitor to the university) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin.
At the onset, the university was situated at Ekewan Road. In 1972, a project to build a main campus at Ugbowo and Ekosodin commenced with engineer Daniel Uhimwen as the director. Today, the main site is at Ugbowo, but some courses are still offered at the Ekewan campus.
On 1 April 1975, the University, at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal University. Today, the University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Units.
Recognition - Change Of Name And Status
On 1st July, 1971, the Institute was accorded formal recognition as a full-fledged University by the National Universities Commission. In his budget speech in April 1972, the Military Governor of Bendel State, Col. S.O. Ogbemudia, then also Visitor to the University, formally announced the change of name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. This was necessary in view of growing misconception as to the exact status of the Institute and the difficulty of explaining that the Institute was a full-fledged university,
On 1st April, 1975 the University, at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal University.
FACULTIES AND COURSES
Following NUC's directives, the university experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93. However, in the light of new developments, the university reverted to the Faculty System in January 1994. Presently, the university essentially operates the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health, which reverted back to the Collegiate System in August 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head. The faculties are Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences and the College of Medical Sciences.
The university offers courses at postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels. Student enrollment stands at over 50,000, full-time and part-time students shared among the faculties.
The university's main library, the John Harris Library, was named after the pioneer university librarian, Prof. John Harris, from New Zealand. The library began with the inception of the university in 1970 at the Ekehuan Road Campus. John Harris Library is an ultra-modern building with central air conditioning. The building is designed to seat about 700 readers. It provides photocopying, duplicating, laminating and binding services. The library has been computerized. Installation of other modern information technology facilities is ongoing.
With the high increase in student population, the library has embarked on an expansion programme with the establishment of faculty libraries; the Ekehuan Road Campus Library, Medical Library, Law, Engineering and Pharmacy Library are functional. A John Harris Library extension is awaiting commissioning. The library participates in interlibrary co-operation among Nigerian academic libraries.
Prof. O. Oshodin - Vice Chancellor
Professor Oshodin an indigene of Oredo Local Government Area was born on August 9, 1950. He attended the Western Boys High School, Federal Shool of Science Lagos, Central State University, Ohio USA, University of New York and the Columbia University U.S.A.
Professor Oshodin who is the immediate past Dean of Education had also been Dean of Students. He has to himself many academic publications, several books and many other books as co-author.
Professor Osayuki Oshodin who joined the University of Benin as Research Fellowin 1981 rose to the position of Professor in 1991. Professor Oshodin is an External Examiner to more than 15 Universities. He is also a member of several Learned Societies and has many Awards and Honours. His administrative experience in the University of Benin is also very robust, he has either been Chairman or member of more than 35 university Boards and Committees.
Professor Oshodin is married to Mrs. Otasowie Oshodin and they are blessed with lovely children, all boys.
BEAUTIFUL STRUCTURES IN UNIBEN
The University Anthem
ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
All over the wide wide world
Our fruitful works unfurl,
What we sow’d with joy and pride
With good our common goal
One heart and voice for all,
We heed the purple clarion call.
Refrain : Arise mighty UNIBEN
Robed in your purple and gold
Clad in your fertile green hem
Knowledge for service untold
Between blue sky and red soil
Excellent hard work endure
We groom man and nation in
Spirits of Unibest pure
Come through our opened gate
Where fair play and merit dictate.
Refrain: Arise mighty UNIBEN …………..
God bless this our noble school
As we bid peace to reign
May we have no cause to mourn
But rejoice in gains achieved
We hope for place man will
Bring brain and brawn to build self still.
Refrain: Arise mighty UNIBEN …………….