The University of Ibadan (UI) is the oldest Nigerian university, and is located five miles (8 kilometres) from the centre of the major city of Ibadan in Western Nigeria. It is popularly known as Unibadan or UI.
Besides the College of Medicine, there are now 11 other faculties: Arts, Science, Agriculture Renewable natural resources , Social Sciences, Education, Veterinary Medicine, Technology, Law, Public Health, and Dentistry and economics, environmental design and management(proposed) The university has residential and sports facilities for staff and students on campus, as well as separate botanical and zoological gardens. 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 African 10 in Webometrics Rankings. Its management envisions UI becoming one of the top 100 universities in the world in the near future.
- 7Affiliate Institutions
- 8Halls of residence
- 9Students’ Union
- 10Vice Chancellors
- 11Notable alumni
- 12Notable faculty
- 13Recent activities
- 16Further reading
- 17External links
The origins of the university are in Yaba College, founded in 1932 in Yaba, Lagos,as the first tertiary educational institute in Nigeria. Yaba College was transferred to Ibadan, becoming the University College of Ibadan, in 1948. The university was founded on its own site on 17 November 1948. 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.
The current principal members of the university administration are:
|Nde Joshua Mutka Waklek||Pro-Chancellor & Chairman|
|Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar||Chancellor|
|Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka||Vice-Chancellor|
|Professor Emilolorun Ambrose Aiyelari||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration)|
|Professor Adeyinka Abideen Aderinto||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)|
|Professor Olanike Kudirat Adeyemo||Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships)|
|Mrs. Olubunmi Faluyi||Registrar|
|Mr. Michael O. Alatise||Bursar|
|Dr Helen O. Komolafe-Opadeji||Librarian|
- 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 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 and some of her past provosts are Oluwole Akande, Isaac Folorunso Adewole, and Akinyinka Omigbodun.
The University, through her website, advised applicants who applied for 2017/2018 session admission into undergraduate studies in the Faculty Pharmacy, to change their courses, as the course will not be taken in the 2017/2018 session. This is because the accreditation status of the programme had been denied by The National Universities Commission. Candidates are therefore advised to either change to another University or change their course in the University of Ibadan.
- 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
- Africa Regional Centre for Information Science (ARCIS)
- Distance Learning Centre (DLC)
- Centre for Educational Media Resource Studies
- Centre for General Studies (CGS)
- Centre for Sustainable Development (CESDEV)
- Centre for Petroleum,Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL)
- Health Policy Training and Research Programme
- Yoruba Language Centre
Centres of Excellence
- Centre for Child & Adolescent Mental Health
- Centre for Control & Prevention of Zoonoses
- Centre for Drug Discovery, Development and Production (CDDDP)
- Centre For Excellence In Teaching & Learning
- Centre for Social Orientation
- Industrial Training Co-ordinating Centre
- International Conference Centre
- Equipment Maintenance Centre
- University Advancement Centre
- The Registry
- The Bursary
- Careers Placement and Counselling Unit
- Foreign Students Unit
- The Sports Council
- The Library
- The Computing Centre
- The Press
- The Bookshop
- The Botanical Garden
- The Zoological Garden
- University Media Centre, which houses the campus radio station, DIAMOND 101.1 FM.
- The Abadina Media Resource Centre
- Advancement Centre
- The University Health Services
- Works and Maintenance
- Academic Planning
- Internal Audit
Below is a list of affiliate institutions of the University if Ibadan, approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
- Bigard Memorial Seminary, Enugu
- Archbishop Vining College Of Theology, Akure
- Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) Theological Seminary, Ile Ife.
- St Augustine’s College Of Education Akoka, Lagos
- Osun State College Of Education, Ilesa
- SS Peter And Paul Seminary, Bodija, Ibadan
- Immanuel College of Theology And Christian Education, Samonda, Ibadan
- Dominican Institute, Samonda, Ibadan
- ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja
- UMCA, Ilorin
- Nigeria Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso
Halls of residence
The university is primarily residential with halls of residence for male and female students. There is provision for the accommodation of post-graduate students. There are internet cafés, Knowledge Hubs, cafeterias, laundry centres, mini-marts, press boards, common-rooms, gymnasia (in some halls), kitchenettes, etc. There is water and electricity supply. Electricity supply is also augmented by the inverter system. Football, table tennis and lawn tennis are sports often played and watched by students.
The Halls of Residence are semi-autonomous. Each Hall of Residence has a Management Committee, which is responsible for matters of general policy for the social, cultural and intellectual activities of the Hall. The Management Committee is given powers to arrange its own social, cultural and intellectual activities designed to preserve, develop and enrich the traditions of the Hall and make life in the Hall generally interesting and worthwhile. The Management Committee consists of the Hall Master/Mistress, the Hall Warden and Assistant Wardens, the Hall Supervisor and the Hall Executives, which consists of students who are elected every session by the students of each hall to handle internal student matters, as well as act as an intermediary between the Hall Administration and the generality of students.
Accommodation in the Halls range from one to four persons per room. The halls are:
- Mellanby Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: to the North of the University Court. The first residential hall in the university, named after Kenneth Mellanby, the first Principal of University College, Ibadan (1947–53). Mellanby has a characteristically cool and serene ambience. It was formally opened on 17 November 1952, and has a capacity for well over 400 students. The hall is essentially the smallest in the school, possessing four blocks — A, B, C and D. The A block is primarily for freshmen while the D block houses students in their final year. The hall is the most centrally located, and hence sees a great daily traffic of people. It has a cafeteria, a common room for relaxation, a small football field and a volleyball court. The hall also has clubs such as The Literary and Debating Club and a press organization. The Mellanby Hall Press Organization is arguably one of the best in the school, and has in recent years won the award for the best press organization, awarded by The Union of Campus Journalists, the school’s highest press body.
- Queen Elizabeth II Hall (female, undergraduate). Location: along Oduduwa Road. The first female hall, it is named after Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the University of Ibadan in February, 1956 and performed the formal opening ceremony of the Hall. It has a capacity of over 650 students.
- Tedder Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: to the west of the University Court and adjacent to Mellanby Hall. It is named after Lord Tedder. He formally opened the present site of the University as well as the hall in 1952.
- Sultan Bello Hall (male, undergraduate).It is located west of Kuti Hall, along Niger Road. It is named after Muhammed Bello, grandfather of Ahmadu Bello. This hall was opened formally in 1962 by Sir Alhaji Ahmadu Bello.
- Kuti Hall (male, undergraduate). It is located at the Eastern end of Niger Road. It was opened in 1954, it is named after the late Rev. Israel Oladotun Ransome Kuti.
- Queen Idia Hall (female, undergraduate).
It is located along Barth Road, and adjacent to international school, Ibadan (ISI) and opposite Abdulsalami Abubakar Hall. It is the second female hall in the university. It is named after Idia, a Bini Queen who lived in 15th century. Idia Hall was built in 1975 with an additional wing added in the 1992/1993 session
- Obafemi Awolowo Hall (female, undergraduate and postgraduate). Represents the biggest hall in the University of Ibadan and, arguably, the biggest in the rest of west Africa.
- Nnamdi Azikiwe Hall (male, undergraduate). Commonly known as Zik Hall, and its occupants as Zikites. It accommodates 999 students every session and it is normally referred to as the Heartbeat of the University of Ibadan. It is also known as the Baluba Republic and shares a long-standing rivalry with Independence Hall. It is located on El-Kanemi Road just before Independence Hall. Zik Hall is well known for its “Aroism” — an avenue where Zikites make gest of themselves and other non-residents especially females.
- Independence Hall (male, undergraduate). Location: at the end of El-Kanemi Road. “The Republic of Katanga”, as it is fondly called, was formally opened in 1961, in commemoration of Nigeria’s attainment of Independence on 1 October 1960. Members are known as “Katangites”. It is also regarded as the “Only Living Hall In UI”, in reference to the fact that it is named after Nigeria’s independence, which is still “living”. It has a capacity of about 1000 students.
- Tafawa Balewa Hall (mixed, postgraduate). This hall is located along EI-Kanemi Road and directly behind Sultan Bellow Hall. It is mainly occupied by Ph.D students. Tafawa Balewa Hall is the first post-graduate hall of residence in the university. Named after Sir Alhaji Tafawa Balewa, it was opened in 1968.
- Alexander Brown Hall: Located in the College of Medicine campus at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, the Alexander Brown Hall accommodates students in the departments of Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy and Medical Laboratory Sciences during their clinical studies.
- Abdulsalam Abubakar Hall (mixed, postgraduate). This hall is located along Barth Road, opposite Queen Idia Hall. It is easy to recall that this magnificent edifice was kindly donated to the University during her 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1998 while Gen. (Dr) Abdulsalami Abubakar was the visitor to the University. The donation was made by a pronouncement during the Foundation Day Ceremony. The first set of postgraduate students moved into the hall on March 1st, 2002. This hall is the pride of the University.
The designs of the halls are deliberately not identical. For example, the older halls – Mellanby, Tedder, Kuti, Sultan Bello and Queen Elizabeth II halls – were designed by Maxwell Fry and Jane Drew who, in appreciation of their contribution to the physical development of the University were honoured with honorary degrees in 1965. Messrs Watkins Gray and Partners designed Alexander Brown Hall as a part of the overall design of the University College Hospital Complex. The two undergraduate halls, Independence and Nnamdi Azikiwe Halls, were designed by Messrs Design Group (Nigeria) Ltd. Obafemi Awolowo Hall was designed by Allied Group of Architects, while Tafawa Balewa and Idia Halls were designed by Messrs Aderele-Omisore-Adebanjo Associates. The Federal Ministry of Works designed the Abdusalami Abubakar Hall. Students are usually very passionate about their respective halls.
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.
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 Date
See also Category:University of Ibadan alumni
- John Omoniyi Abiri, a Nigerian academic
- Sadique Abubakar, Nigeria Chief of Air Staff
- Chinua Achebe, novelist, author of Things Fall Apart
- Adiele Afigbo, historian
- Dapo Lam Adesina, Member of House of Representative for Ibadan North East/South Federal Consituency
- Jacob Ade Ajayi, Nigerian historian
- Eyitayo Lambo, Nigerian former Federal Minister of Health
- Funmi Iyanda, Nigerian talk show host, broadcaster, journalist
- Claude Ake, Professor of Political Economy, international scholar and social crusader
- Stephen Adebanji Akintoye
- 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
- Professor Joseph Abiodun Balogun, physiotherapist
- Vivian E. Browne, visual artist 
- J. P. Clark
- Segun Toyin Dawodu, physician, attorney, academic, and entrepreneur who established the first website on socio-political issues of Nigeria.
- Kayode Fayemi, former Governor of Ekiti State, Min of Solid Minerals
- Chukwuemeka Ike, writer
- Amadi Ikwechegh
- Abiola Irele
- William Kumuyi, founder and General Superintendent of Deeper Christian Life Ministry
- Eddie Mbadiwe, Member of the House of Representative
- Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah
- Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
- Femi Osofisan, writer
- Christopher Okigbo
- Isidore Okpewho
- Olufunmilayo Olopade
- Akinyinka Omigbodun
- Michael Omolewa, former President of UNESCO General Conference and Ambassador of Nigeria to UNESCO
- Kole Omotosho
- Gamaliel Onosode
- Niyi Osundare
- Ken Saro-Wiwa
- Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature
- Martin I. Uhomoibhi
- Farida Mzamber Waziri
- Sophie Oluwole, noted philosopher
- Zakariyau Oseni
- Beatrice Aboyade, librarian
- Isaac Folorunso Adewole
- Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, Professor of English
- Ayo Bamgbose, Professor of Linguistics
- Jacob Ade Ajayi, Professor of History
- F. V. Atkinson, mathematician
- Olumbe Bassir, founding member of Biochemistry and Microbiology departments
- Christine Hamill, mathematician
- Molly Mahood, literary scholar
- Abel Idowu Olayinka
- Michael Omolewa, Professor of History and Adult Education
- Niyi Osundare
- H. F. C. Smith
- Wole Soyinka
- Grace Oladunni Taylor, biochemist, first African to win a L’Oréal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science and second female inducted into the Nigerian Academy of Science
- Fabian Udekwu Professor of Surgery, first Nigerian cardiothoracic surgeon
- Duncan White
On May 29, 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. On June 9, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20th. The school resumed activities on July 2.
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