The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1st July, 1971. In his Budget Speech in April 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State, Col. S. O. Ogbemudia (then also Visitor to the University) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. On 1st April, 1975 the University at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal Government and became a Federal University.
Today, the University has continued to grow from strength to strength with a number of Faculties, Departments, Institutes and Units.Following NUC’s directives, the University experimented with the Collegiate System in 1991/92 and 1992/93.
However, in the light of new developments, the University reverted to the Faculty System except for the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Basic Medical Sciences, and Institute of Child Health which reverted back to the Collegiate System in August, 1999, with a Provost as its administrative head. The Faculties as presently constituted are those of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Law, Life Science, Pharmacy, Physical Science, Social Science, and the College of Medical Sciences (which has three Schools: Basic Medical Sciences; Dentistry and Medicine; and the Institute of Child Health).
In January 2006, the Federal Government approved the take off of the College of Petroleum and Gas Engineering of the University of Benin at Effurun, near Warri, in Delta State, with the initial population of 100 students in two departments; Petroleum Engineering and Gas Engineering.
The University offers courses at various levels: Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Diploma and Certificate. Presently, the total student enrolment stands at over 40,000 made up of both full-time and part-time students shared among the various Faculties.
The vision of the University of Benin is to be a model institution of higher learning which ranks among the best in the world and is responsive to the reactive and innovative abilities of the Nigerian people
The mission of the University is to develop the human mind to be creative , innovative,research oriented,competent in areas of specialization, knowledgeable in entrpreneurship and dedicated to service
In 1969, the State Government set up a Planning Committee comprising the following eminent academics, experienced University administrators and top ranking civil servants under the Chairmanship of the then Acting Secretary to the Military Government, Late Mr. I.O. Afe (Chairman), Mr. G.A. Aghahowa, Mr. O. Akpata, Mr. G. O. Aiwerioba, Mr. W.J. Anukpe, the Late Dr. B.I. Aror, Mr. P.C. Asiodu, Professor E.U. Emovon, Mr. G.N.I. Enobakhare, Mr. E. Buckley, Professor T. Bello-Osagie, Mr. M.I. Igiehon, Mr. F.A. Ijewere, Dr. A.E. Ikomi, Mr. J.O. Illuebbey, the Late Chief D.R. Oduaran, Mr. S.J. Okodu, Mr. G.W. Sutherland, Late Professor H. Oritsejolomi. Thomas and Professor T.M. Yesufu. The Committee was directed to examine the feasibility of establishing in Benin, a University with scientific and technological bias and submit proposals with estimated cost. In March 1970 the Committee submitted its report. After careful consideration, the State Government promulgated in April, 1970, an edict establishing an Institute of Technology with three Faculties, viz: Science, Engineering and Medicine and Pharmacy.
Ahmadu Bello University was approached to help the new Institute in several areas including the teaching of pre-clinical medical students for the first three years in Zaria. This academic co-operation between the Institute and Ahmadu Bello University gave a booster to the former.
With the determination of the State Government to physically establish and open the Institute in 1970, some eighty contractors laboured between May and November, 1970, to reconstruct and convert the premises of Mariere College ( a Teacher Training College) into the site of the Institute. An Administration Block, a Central Library with a capacity of 30,000 volumes, two blocks consisting of twelve lecture rooms, six laboratories, workshops and offices, a student centre including students’ and staff dinning rooms, a students’ common room and a kitchen were built and four blocks of students’ dormitories were reconstructed and converted into students hostels. In addition, a new block of six laboratories and six lecture rooms were completed on what were to become the Iyaro Campus, to accommodate the Institute’s Faculty of Science.
On November 23, 1970, the Institute was formally opened and the first batch of 108 students drawn from all parts of the Federation began courses in Science and Mathematics. To quote the words of the first Rector, Professor Glyn Phillips, the establishment of the Institute represented “a dream come true for the people of the Midwest”.
The decision to open in November involved some difficulties in the recruitment of staff especially since qualified Nigerians were already fully engaged for the 1970/71 Session. A recruitment team toured Britain, the United States and Canada in June and July 1970 and enjoyed appreciable cooperation from the Inter-University Council for Higher Education and the University of Salford, in the United Kingdom, and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of Oklahoma in the United States.
As a result of this overseas tour, reciprocal visits were made by delegates of universities from the U.S.A and the U.K. to Benin, for discussions in regard to areas of co-operation and assistance. Consequently, invaluable short-term secondment of staff particularly from British Universities was organized under the auspices of the Inter-University Council. In Nigeria, all the universities approached regarding staffing, co-operated by releasing interested staff at short notice
On 1st July, 1971, the Institute was accorded formal recognition as a full-fledged University by the National Universities Commission. In his budget speech in April 1972, the Military Governor of Bendel State, Col. S.O. Ogbemudia, then also Visitor to the University, formally announced the change of name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. This was necessary in view of growing misconception as to the exact status of the Institute and the difficulty of explaining that the Institute was a full-fledged university,
On 1st April, 1975 the University, at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal University.
ARISE MIGHTY UNIBEN
All over the wide wide world
Our fruitful works unfurl,
What we sow’d with joy and pride
With good our common goal
One heart and voice for all,
We heed the purple clarion call.
Refrain : Arise mighty UNIBEN
Robed in your purple and gold
Clad in your fertile green hem
Knowledge for service untold
Between blue sky and red soil
Excellent hard work endure
We groom man and nation in
Spirits of Unibest pure
Come through our opened gate
Where fair play and merit dictate.
Refrain: Arise mighty UNIBEN …………..
God bless this our noble school
As we bid peace to reign
May we have no cause to mourn
But rejoice in gains achieved
We hope for place man will
Bring brain and brawn to build self still.
Refrain: Arise mighty UNIBEN …………….
Prof. Faraday F. Osasere Orumwense
Dr Omoluabi Idiodi
The University of Benin rewards hard work and academic excellence through its numerous special prizes and other faculty and departmental prizes for outstanding students.
Special Prize Winners
Vision and Mission 
Services Rendered 
List of Customers 
Performance Target and Expection 
Customer Obligations/Responsibility 
Monitoring and Performance 
Stakeholders Participation 
Sensitivity To Special Needs 
Existing Limitation 
Complaint Policy 
Servicom is a social contract between the Federal Government of Nigeria and its people as it underscores and promotes the right of every Nigerian to good service. It is in this light that the Serviocm charter and complain policy of the University of Benin examines the different services rendered by the institution and the standard for achieving high level of service delivery.
The charter was developed to ensure that the founding philosophy of the institution – ‘’Knowledge for Service’’ – remains sacrosanct in the attainment of its vision and mission statements and to ensure the promotion of quality assurance and best practices in the performance of its statutory responsibilities.
Nevertheless, the history and value statement of the University and the expectation and obligation of the students, staff and stakeholders, which are central to the achievement of the University objectives, are also not excluded from the charter.
Moreover, the charter, in a panoramic analysis, also focuses on the sensitive nature of the needs of the physically challenged persons within the institution with a view to giving special consideration to their circumstances in the physical and infrastructural development of the University. The charter also examines the mechanism designed for resolving conflict – which is inevitable in any human institution.
Finally, I wish to appreciate the various Faculties, Departments, Deans and Directors who have contributed to the successful compilation and publication of this charter. I also wish to appreciate the Servicom Management Committee for their innovative, creative and continuous drive towards ensuring best practices with regard to service delivery in the University.
It is my hope that this charter will assist in building and promoting the spirit of excellent service delivery among all service providers within the University in line with the dreams of the institution.