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The University of Ibadan (UI) is a
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. The university was founded in 1948 as University College Ibadan, one of many colleges within the
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. It became an independent university in 1963 and is the oldest degree-awarding institution in 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 of 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, among 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 that provide accommodation for about 30% of the population of students in the regular studies mode. Some of the popular halls in the university include 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
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rankings. Prior to that, it had always made the top 10 African Universities in
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Rankings. UI is currently ranked No. 1 in Nigeria and 1196 in the world according to Webometrics.


History

The origins of the university are in the
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. 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
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, that two University Colleges of the University of London be set up in
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and Nigeria. Prior to 1948,
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had been founded in 1932 in
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, 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
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s, the Rt. Hon. Sir
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, 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 Kenneth Onwuka Dike (17 December 1917 – 26 October 1983) was a Nigerians, Nigerian educationist, Igbo people, Igbo Nigerian historian and the first Nigerian Vice-Chancellor of the nation's premier college, the University of Ibadan. During the N ...
, 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
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was the first university in Nigeria when it was established as an autonomous and full-fledged university in 1960 which was our year of independence. UI became autonomous in 1963 and started awarding its own degrees in 1967, unlike the University of Nigeria Nsukka, which started the same three years earlier.


Rankings and reputation


Administration

The current principal members of the university administration are:


Faculties

* Agriculture and Forestry * Arts * Basic Medical Sciences * Clinical Sciences * Dentistry *
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* Law * Pharmacy * Public Health * Science * Technology * The Social Sciences * Veterinary Medicine * Renewable natural resources * Environmental design and management (proposed) * Economics In August 2011,
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, the then Nigerian Minister of Education, announced that the University of Ibadan would host the Nigerian node of the
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, 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
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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,
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, and Akinyinka Omigbodun.


Institutes

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. * 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
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. * 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, University of Ibadan, 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 more than 1,250 seats for readers. It is open to all senior staff, students of the institution, senior staff of the
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,
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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. Dean, HOD from the visitor's school or organization.


Students' union


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 was in disagreement with the school authorities over their failure to issue identity cards to the students and the outlaw on some electrical appliances. On 9 June, it was announced that school will be reopened on 20 June. The school resumed activities on 2 July. In March 2020, just around when the coronavirus pandemic started, the University of Ibadan along with other schools in Nigeria were forced to close their gates and end all academic activities for the year. The university later resumed its academic activities virtually in March 2021. In June 2021, the university resumed physically after closing its gates for more than one year.


Vice Chancellors

The vice chancellors since 1947 include: *Kenneth Mellanby (Principal) - 1947–1953 * J. T. Saunders (Principal) - 1953–1956 *J. H. Parry (Principal) - 1956–1960 *
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(Principal/Vice Chancellor) - 1960–1967 *Thomas Adeoye Lambo - 1968–1971 *Orishejolomi Thomas - December 1972–November 1975 *Tekena Tamuno - December 1975–November 1979 *Samson Olajuwon Kokumo Olayide - December 1979–November 1983 *Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo (acting) - November 1983–November 1984 *Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo - December 1984–November 1991 * Allen B. O. O. Oyediran - December 1991–November 1995 * Oladosu A. Ojengbede (acting) - December 1995–March 1996 * Omoniyi O. Adewoye - March 1996–September 2000 * Olufunso O. Olorunsogo (acting) - March 2000–September 2000 * Ayodele Olajide Falase, Ayodele O. Falase - September 2000–March 2004 *Olufemi Bamiro (acting) - March 2004–November 2005 *Olufemi Bamiro - December 2005–November 2010 *
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- December 2010–November 2015 *Abel Idowu Olayinka - December 2015–November 2020 *Adebola Babatunde Ekanola (acting) - December 2020–present


Notable alumni

'' * Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq, lawyer, former President of the Nigerian Stock Exchange * John Omoniyi Abiri, Nigerian academic * Sadique Abubakar, Nigeria Chief of the Air Staff (Nigeria), Chief of Air Staff * Chinua Achebe, novelist, author of ''Things Fall Apart'' p. 64. * Dapo Lam Adesina, Member of House of Representative for Ibadan North East/South Federal Constituency * Adiele Afigbo, historian * Ayandiji Daniel Aina, former Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University * 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 p. viii. * Alexander Animalu, Emeritus Professor, former Director National Mathematical Centre, Abuja * Emeka Anyaoku, former Commonwealth Secretary-General *Kayode Are, former National Security Adviser (Nigeria), National Security Adviser and former Director General of the State Security Service (Nigeria), State Security Service *Ladipo Ayodeji Banjo, Vice-chancellor (education), 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(late), 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 * Yahaya Kuta, author * Eyitayo Lambo, Nigerian former Federal Ministry of Health (Nigeria), 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 * Mark Nwagwu, academics and poet * Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani * Christopher Okigbo * Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State * Isidore Okpewho *Tunji Olaopa, founder and Executive Vice-Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy, ISGPP * Olufunmilayo Olopade * Sophie Oluwole, philosopher *Miriam Olusanya, first female managing director of Guaranty Trust Bank, GTB * Akinyinka Omigbodun * Michael Omolewa, former UNESCO, 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 * Jude Rabo, vice-chancellor of Federal University, Wukari * Ken Saro-Wiwa * Fisayo Soyombo, investigative journalist * Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature * Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Martin I. Uhomoibhi * Farida Waziri * Folashade Yemi-Esan, head of the civil service of the federation *Mosun Belo-Olusoga, financial expert


Notable faculty

* Beatrice Aboyade, librarian *
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* Rashid Adewumi Aderinoye * 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 * Mark Nwagwu, Professor of Biology, and Fellow Nigerian Academy of Science * Olakunbi Olasope, Professor of Classics * Abel Idowu Olayinka * Michael Omolewa, Professor of History and Adult education, Adult Education * Folake Onayemi, Professor of Classics and Head of the Department of Classics * Niyi Osundare * H. F. C. Smith * Wole Soyinka * Grace Oladunni Taylor, biochemist, first African to win a L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science, 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


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External links

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