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Mission & Vision

  • Mission

    To advance the frontiers of learning and break new grounds, through teaching, research and the dissemination of knowledge of the highest quality; to establish and foster national and international integration, development and the promotion of African traditions and cultures; to produce high-level human power and enhance capacity-building through retaining, in order to meet the needs and challenges of the catchment area, Nigeria and the rest of the world.

  • Vision

    Ahmadu Bello University shall be a world-class university comparable to any other, engaged in imparting contemporary knowledge, using high quality facilities and multi-disciplinary approaches, to men and women of all races, as well as generating new ideas and intellectual practices relevant to the needs of its immediate community, Nigeria and the world at large.

The Vice Chancellor Note :

You are welcome to the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria website.

The University was established in 1962 by the Government of the then Northern Region of Nigeria to impart knowledge and learning to men and women of all races without distinction on the grounds of race, religious or political beliefs. The founding fathers expected the University to

Prof: Abdullahi Mustapha

VC Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

aspire to the highest international ideals of scholarship and to provide learning of a standard required and expected of a university of the highest standing while reflecting the needs, the traditions, and the social and intellectual heritage of the society in which it is located. The University was taken over by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1975 and has since then assumed a national mandate although its ties with the 19 states created out of the former Northern Region remain very strong.

In the over forty years of its existence, the ABU has grown to become the largest, and the most influential and diverse university in Nigeria. Consisting of eighty-two (82) Academic Departments, twelve (12) Faculties, and twelve (12) Research Institutes and Specialized Centres, the University offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in such diverse fields as Agriculture, Public and Business Administration, Engineering, Environmental Design, Education, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Humanities, Law and Social Sciences. The university has two campuses located on 7,000 hectares of land.

Student enrolment currently stands at 35,000 with 20% at the postgraduate level. Staff strength stands at 1, 400 academic staff, 1, 985 non-academic senior staff and 4,143 junior staff. A common feature of both the staff and student population is the wide variety of social, cultural, religious and economic backgrounds that they represent. One unique feature of the University, as opposed to any other Institution of its type in Nigeria, is that it has both staff and students from all parts of the country and from neighbouring countries. This mix has created an open society in which people from all backgrounds are able to live. This has been one of the major strengths of the University. At a time when Nigeria and indeed the world is faced with divisions and tensions, the experience of open, multi-religious, multi-faith and multi-cultural dialogue and cohabitation which ABU possesses, is one which the University is anxious to retain and build upon.

The University’s mission, as contained in its Strategic Plan, is “to advance the frontiers of learning and break new grounds, through teaching, research and dissemination of knowledge of the highest quality; to establish and foster national and international integration through the development and the promotion of African traditions and cultures; to serve as a model and conscience of the society; to produce high-level human power and enhance capacity-building through training and retraining, in order to meet the needs and challenges of the 21st century”.

I am confident that as you traverse the pages on this site, you would discover a lot that would excite your curiosity about this unique institution in a part of the world whose unique potentialities remain to be fully tapped. Once again- you are welcome.

Brief on ABU

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW

The establishment of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) began in 1961 following the recommendation of the Ashby Commission on “Post-School Smaller-ABU-logo-120x120Certificate and Higher Education in Nigeria”. A Law establishing a Provisional Council for the University was passed by the Legislature of Northern Nigeria in April while the Council itself was constituted in November, 1961, under the Chairmanship of the Hon. Shettima Kashim, CBE, who later became Sir Kashim Ibrahim KCMG, CBE. Sir Norman Stanley Alexander, a New Zealander and a Professor of Physics at the University College, Ibadan, was appointed the First Principal, later Vice-Chancellor, of the University in July and he assumed office in November, 1961.

Ahmadu Bello University began full operation in 1962, on the cites of these educational institutions: the defunct Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, founded in 1955; the Clerical Training Centre, Kongo, founded in 1957; the Samaru Agricultural Research Station, established in  1924, and the Shika Livestock Farm, started in 1928. The University was named after SirAhmadu Bello (1901-1966), “the Sardauna of Sokoto”and the Premier of Northern Nigeria. As the first Chancellor of the’ University, Sir Ahmadu Bello performed its Opening Ceremony on the 4th of October, 1962. In 1975, the University was taken over by the Federal Government through a Decree (the Ahmadu Bello University [Transitional] Provisions Decree of 1975), thus becoming a Federal University.

EVOLUTION OF THE UNIVERSITY

Ahmadu Bello University began with the faculties of Agriculture, Engineering, Law and Sciences, fifteen academic departments and 426 students. The University increased in size and scope under the successive Vice-Chancellorships of the late Professor Norman Alexander (1961-1966), the late Professor Ishaya Audu (1966-1975), Professor Iya Abubakar (1975-1978), Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe (1978-1979), Professor Ango Abdullahi (1979- 1986)  the late Professor Adamu Nayaya Mohammed (1986:-1991), Professor Daniel Saror (1991-1995), the Sole Administrator, Major General Mamman Kontagora (rtd) (1995-1998) ,  Professor Abdullahi Mahadi (1999-2004), Professor Shehu Usman Abdullahi (2004-2009), Professor Jarlath U. Umoh (2009), Professor Aliyu (2009-2010) and Professor Abdullahi Mustapha (2010 to date). As a result of its rapid growth, the University has been transformed into the largest and the most extensive of all the universities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The University covers a land area of about 7,000 hectares and encompasses two campuses, twelve Faculties, a Postgraduate School and 82 academic departments. It also has five Institutes, six Specialized Centers, a Division of Agricultural Colleges, a School of Basic and Remedial Studies, a Demonstration Secondary School, a Primary School and a Consultancy Outfit which .provides a variety of services to the University and the wider society.

The total student enrolment in the University’s degree and sub-degree programmes is about 35,000, drawn from every State of the Federation, Africa and the rest of the world. Currently, the University has about 1,400 academic and research staff and over 6000 non-teaching, senior and junior administrative staff. The University has also nurtured two University Colleges, – the Abdullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University), Kano and the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology), Bauchi, while 27 institutions made up of Colleges of Education, Polytechnics and Schools of Basic or Preliminary Studies are currently affiliated to it.

Enquiries:

VICE CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE:

The Vice Chancellor,

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Email: vc@abu.edu.ng

ACADEMIC AND STAFF MATTERS:

The Registrar,

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Email: registrar@abu.edu.ng

COMMENTS ON THE WEBSITE:

Web and Application Development Unit,

Information and Communication Technology Directorate,

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.

Email: wad@abu.edu.ng

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