The University of Benin fondly called ‘UNIBEN’ was founded primarily as an Institute of Technology in 1970 but was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July 1971. It was one of the first few Universities operated by the Federal Government as the Federal Government on the request of the State Government took over the affairs of the institution on 1st April 1975.
UNIBEN has a vision to “establish a model institution of higher learning which ranks among the best in the world and responsive to the creative and innovative abilities of the Nigerian people". The University has sought to achieve these by its notable academic adventures trying out a Collegiate system in the early nineties, but reverting back to the Faculty system few years after, leaving out the schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and the Institute of Child Health, all situated at the College of Medical Sciences. Today, the University has grown in good strides boasting of over 11 faculties, a college of Medicine, a School of Dentistry, a Postgraduate School, and a number of institutes and centers.
UNIBEN offers Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at various levels accredited NUC and other relevant professional bodies in the Country and Abroad, and is affiliated with local and international bodies such as USAID, Food Foundation, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), RMRDC (Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria) amongst others in the areas of Agriculture, Public Health and Engineering.
UNIBEN is a very large co-educational institution with an enrollment range of 40,000-50,000 students from every state of the nation, Africa and the rest of the world; and this is due to the fact that it has a less selective admission policy, admitting 90-100% of its applicants. Nevertheless, the University has enough provision for its students as it provides several academic and non-academic facilities including, an extensive library, lecture halls and faculty buildings, halls of residence, staff quarters, sports facilities, as well as administrative services.
The University of Benin currently ranks as the 12th best University in the Country, and 4,681 in the world, and has over the years produced an extensive alumni list of notable Nigerians.
The University of Benin offers a wide range of degree programmes in over 15 faculties. One laudable feat by the University is that it also has over 15 Centres and Institutes offering courses leading to officially recognized certificates and degrees. UNIBEN is undoubtedly one the foremost institutions when it comes to high academic standards and excellence and this is evident in all its activities. Find the faculties at the institution below:
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Management Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences
Faculty of Pharmacy
Faculty of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
College of Medical Sciences; composed of the following schools;
School of Basic Medical Sciences
School of Dentistry
School of Medical, and
Institute of Child Health
It’s going to be a tough choice picking a course to study in this institution because there’s a long list of relevant courses to choose from, to ease your search, find the list of courses offered at the University below:
The academic departmental courses offered in each faculty is as follows:
Faculty of Agriculture: Department of Agronomy is the only course offered in this faculty for now.
Faculty of Arts; made up of 7 departments spread out across two main campuses, one at Ekenwan, Benin City, and the other at Ugbowo, Benin. The departments are as follows:
-English and Literature
-Fine and Applied Arts
-Linguistics and African Languages
-Philosophy and Religions
-Theatre Arts and Mass Communication.
Faculty of Education, has 10 departments; they are:
-Arts and Non-Formal Education
-Curriculum and Instructional Technology
-Educational Management, which offers the following degree courses:
Early Childhood Education
Economics and Statistics
Library Information Science, and
-Educational and Evaluation Counselling Psychology
-Human Kinetics and Sports Science
-Health, Safety and Environmental Education
-Vocational and Technical Education.
Faculty of Engineering: consists of 8 departments namely;
-Department of Mechanical Engineering
-Department of Electrical Engineering
-Department of Petroleum Engineering
-Department of Chemical Engineering
-Department of Civil Engineering
-Department of Production Engineering
-Department of Structural Engineering, and
-Department of Computer Engineering
Faculty of Social Sciences has 5 departments which include;
-Economics and Statistics
-Geography and Regional Planning
-Political Science and Public Administration
-Sociology and Anthropology, and
At the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, we have:
-Urban and Regional Planning…
Faculty of Physical Sciences offer departmental courses such as:
School of Basic Medical Sciences offer courses such as;
-Medical Laboratory Science
School of Medicine offer specialized courses such as;
UNIBEN also offer departmental courses in the faculties of Life Sciences, Management Sciences, Law, and Pharmacy.
Facilities at UNIBEN include, administrative buildings, lecture halls, halls of residence, staff quarters, faculty buildings, a teaching hospital, an online learning management system, an open courseware portal, a library, information and communication centre, a multimedia centre, an Open Educational Resource which provides an online journal system, University of Benin is also home to
A Radio Station:
The Lagos State University Radio Station 100.1 FM was established in 2014 and started transmission almost immediately; It was established for students of mass communication and other students with a flair for broadcasting to acquire skills and learn as well. The Radio station is situated in Ekenwan Campus, Benin City,
A multipurpose hall
An online service portal for students providing payment services, transcript application, student applications, academic calendars for the academic session;
A Fire Service Unit
An online Student Registration and Information Portal also called UNIBEN.Kofa
And lots more.
There are a lot of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes that you can study at UNIBEN for both full-time and part-time students (DLI). Although the admission requirements may differ in faculties and programmes, there are still some general requirements that you have to be familiar with if you are thinking of pursuing an academic career at the University. Before listing these requirements, it's advisable that you visit the institution regularly, or more conveniently go through the school’s website for precise details on admission requirement by faculties, the sale of application forms, date of entrance examination and lots more.
As a prospective candidate seeking admission in UNIBEN, its advisable that you go through specific admission requirements for the courses offered in the institution on the JAMB website, or the UTME Brochure published every year. Asides this, here are some general requirements:
You are required to have at least 5 credit passes in your O’level result or its equivalent at no more than two sittings. The subjects passed should include English Language, Mathematics, and any other three, based on the subject combination for your desired course of study.
You must register for JAMB, sit for the examination, and attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for your course. The JAMB Cut-off mark for most of the courses in the institution for the 2017/2018 academic session was placed at 200, but scoring higher in JAMB will give you a better chance of gaining admission. Scoring the prescribed cut-off mark will make you eligible to;
Sit for the Post-UTME examination organized by the institution. Bear in mind that you must attain the exact Post-UTME cut-off mark or preferably score higher so as to increase your chances of getting admitted.
If successful, your name will come out on the admission list released by UNIBEN and you’ll be informed of subsequent steps to take.
Please note that application forms for the 2017/2018 academic session are currently closed. The admission list for the 2017/2018 academic session has been released, and academic activities at the institution are in full swing. Further information about admission in UNIBEN and related news would be posted on the University’s website.
The University of Benin offers postgraduate programmes at PGD, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. The courses offered in these levels are relatively the similar offered at the Undergraduate level. The admission requirements for PG students at the institution isn’t so different from the general requirements requested in other universities. These requirements may include, obtaining 5 credit passes in SSCE/GCE or other equivalents, having a Bachelor degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division for PGD and Masters students or having a Masters degree with a weighted average score of 60% for Ph.D. programmes.
Asides all these, you may be requested to write an entrance examination depending on your proposed programme. Other requirements may also include, NYSC Discharge Certificate/ Exemption letter, and also your academic transcript.
It's important to note that application forms for the 2017/2018 academic session are currently closed, and the admission list has been released by the institution. More details about the PG school at UNIBEN, PG admission requirements, programmes available and lots more can be found on the University’s website.
The University of Benin website can be found at uniben.edu/.
“Looking at taking a tour around one of the Largest Universities in the country, or are you a prospective student of the institution? Here are a few things to note:
The University of Benin is located in the Southern Region of Nigeria. The season’s unique to this region are the dry and rainy season. The dry season occurs from the month of October to April, while the rainy season occurs from the month of May until early August, with the Harmattan Season occurring between the month of December and February.
UNIBEN is located in a very secure location with seasoned security personnel.
Before heading to UNIBEN, here are some useful things to come along with:
Enroll for full-time or part-time course(s)
Attend educational and social events
During office hours on weekdays, UNIBEN is open for visits, inquiries, study, and exploration.
At the UNIBEN Campuses, Students, Academic Scholars, Staffs, and Tourists are the most common faces around.
Nigerian personalities on the list include:
-Tom Ilube, Founder, and CEO of Crossword Cyber Security
-Osonye Tess Onwueme, Nigerian Writer, and Professor
-Emmanuel Uduaghan, Former Governor, Delta State
-Richard Mofe Damijo, Nigerian Actor
-Josephine Anenih, Lawyer, and Former Minister
-Bright Okpocha, Nigerian Comedian
-Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), Former Lagos State Government and Current Minister of Power, Works, and Housing in Nigeria.
And a host of other prominent Nigerians.
-A Student of UNIBEN Builds a Torchless Phone From Scratch, according to reports online in 2016.
-UNIBEN signs affiliation and partnership deals with local and international bodies such as USAID, Food Foundation, RMRDC (Raw Materials Research and Development Council of Nigeria), amongst other organizations in the areas of Agriculture, Public Health and Engineering.
Attend public lectures
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