In 2011, the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, established 9 new Federal universities in the country. In case you are yet to get the appropriate list or information about these 9 newly established universities, this post contains an in-depth information about these 9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria and their respective profiles.
9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria Established By Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2011
Federal University Lafia
The Federal University Lafia is one of the 9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria established by Goodluck Jonathan during his regime as the president of Nigeria. The University is located in Nasarawa state. The University was established to increase access and improve the quality of education in Nasarawa state.
In 2011 when the University was established, Professor Ekanem Ikpi-Braide was appointed the first Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Lafia, He was later replaced by the current Vice Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Sanusi Liman in the year 2016.
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The vision of the University is to become a renowned institution of learning, research and innovation, for the positive socio-economic transformation of the nation and the mission is to train its graduates and equip them with employable skills for socio-economic development.
Having this in mind, the curriculum instructions at Federal university Lafia was designed to respond to the demands of employers, local economy and international standards.
The core values of Federal University Lafia are integrity, innovation and excellence.
Federal University Lafia started operation in September 2012 with 247 students registered in 11 programmes in the faculties of Arts, Science and Social sciences. The programmes include:
Programs in Federal University Lafia
- English and Literary studies
- Visual and Creative Arts
- Computer science
- Political science
In 2016, the University introduced new programmes relevant to the socio-economic development of Nasarawa State. The student intake has rapidly grown over the years with over 4000 students admitted in 2016.
The Nasarawa State Government is currently working with FULafia to include medicine as one of the programmes offered by the University. In fact, the State Government has donated the DalhatuAraf Specialist Hospital (DASH) as the proposed teaching hospital.
Within a few years of its existence, the University has won some awards. In 2012, the University came third at the 5th Nigerian Universities Research and Development Fair (NURESDEF) organised by the National Universities Commission.
Also, the Erasmus Onyishi’s art work named “VIRUS” won the Justice Aniagolu prize for originality in the 2013 edition of LIFE-IN-MY-CITY Arts Festival (LIMCAF). The arts competition was held in Lagos by LIMCAF in collaboration with Alliance Francaise and Diamond Bank Plc.
Federal University Lokoja
Popularly known as FULokoja, this university was among the 9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria created by the ex presidient, Goodluck Jonathan. It was established in February 2011, and it is located in Kogi State. The faculties in this university include the Faculty of Sciences, Faculty of Art, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.
- Federal University Kashere
Federal University Kashere is located in Gombe state, and it was established with a vision to become a world class institution of higher learning which attracts and train brilliant and talented young people from diverse backgrounds in Gombe state and across Nigeria to become leaders of tomorrow.
The university was established in response to the memorandum presented by the Minister of State for Education, Olorogun Kenneth Gbagi to establish additional tertiary institution to address the twin challenges of access to educational development of States in the Federation.
On the 9th of February, 2011, the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the newly formed Federal University Kashere were inaugurated, they were Professor Mohammed Kabiru Farouk, and Dr. AbubakarAliyuBafeto respectively.
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- Federal University Wukari
This university is one of the 9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria established by Goodluck Jonathan, and it is located in Wukari, Taraba state. The universitywas approved to take off under the Phase I of the Government initiative to establish Federal tertiary institutions in every State of the Federation, where they do not currently exist.
- Federal University, Dutsin-Ma
Federal University Dutsin-Ma is located in Katsina state and it is among the 9 newly established University that was created under the administration of the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. It was also founded in the year 2011.
- Federal University, Dutse
Federal University Dutse is located in Jigawa State, and it was established in 2011 together with 8 other new Universities in Nigeria. FUD as it is popularly called, offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programs (PGD, MSc and as well as Ph.D). The university held its maiden convocation in January 2016 when it graduated its first set of students.
The pioneer Vice Chancellor of FUD when it was established is Professor JibirillaDahiru Amina. For the university, it has been so far so good with the pioneer vice Chancellor indicating that the university scored over 80% from the NUC assessment on facilities and academic effectiveness.
Federal University Dutse offers 17 degree programs in Humanities, Natural Science, Social Sciences, Agricultural Science, Medicine, Law, Engineering and Management Science. The initial enrollee of the university number 205 with over 1332 academic and non-academic staff.
Federal University Dutse established its College Of Medicine and Health Science in its 5th academic calendar. The University is the first and only Nigerian University offering an intercalated MBBS Program. The Faculty runs the following programs:
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
- Dental Surgery
- Environmental Health
Federal University Dutse established its School of Postgraduate Studies in 2014. Currently, the school runs 10 Post Graduate Courses which include MSc and PhD degrees. Also, the university has been able to secure several local and international collaborations, one of which is the partnership with the North Dakota State University.
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- Federal University Otuoke
This University is located in Otuoke, Bayelsa state, the hometown of the former president of Nigeria. Federal University Otuoke kicked off with 282 students in the year 2011. The university offers undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Science, Management Science, Social Science and Humanities, Education, Engineering and Technology as well as Health Sciences.
- Federal University, Ndufe-Alike
Popularly known as FUNAI, the Federal University Ndufe-Alike is located in Ebonyi State. It was established with the objective of combining academic excellence with an innovative and entrepreneurial approach to research, supporting a culture that engages and challenges students and staff in their quest for learning production of graduates with relevant hands-on, sellable and employability skills who will soar in their chosen careers
- Currently, the University has 7 Faculties
- Basic Medical Sciences
- Engineering and Technology
- Management and Social Sciences
- Federal University, Oye-Ekiti
The Federal University Oye-Ekiti is located in Ekiti state and it is among the 9 new Federal Universities in Nigeria established by Goodluck Jonathan in 2011.
The university has two campuses at Oye-Ekiti and Ikole-Ekiti with 6 Faculties and 38 Departments.