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About Ahmadu Bello University

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is a federal government research university located in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on October 4, 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria.

The university operates three main campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria, and the School of Basic Studies in Funtua. The Samaru campus houses the administrative offices, sciences, social sciences, arts and languages, education, environmental design, engineering, medical sciences agricultural sciences and research facilities. The Kongo campus hosts the Faculties of Law and Administration. The Faculty of Administration consists of Accounting, Business Administration, Local Government and Development Studies and Public Administration Departments. Additionally, the university is responsible for a variety of other institutions and programs at other locations.

The university is named after the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the first premier of Northern Nigeria.

The university runs a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs (and offers associate degrees and vocational and remedial programs). The university has a large medical program with its own A.B.U. Teaching Hospital, one of the largest teaching hospitals in Nigeria and Africa.

Foundation and first years
As Nigeria approached independence on October 1, 1960, it had only a single university: the University of Ibadan, established in 1948. The important Ashby Commission report (submitted a month before independence) recommended adding new universities in each of Nigeria’s then-three regions, as well as the capital, Lagos. Even before the Commission report, however, the regional governments had begun planning universities. In May 1960, the Northern Region had upgraded the School of Arabic Studies in Kano to become the Ahmadu Bello College for Arabic and Islamic Studies. (The college was named after the region’s dominant political leader, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello.)

The Ashby Commission report recommendations gave a new impetus and direction, and it was ultimately decided to create a University of Northern Nigeria at Zaria (rather than Kano). The university would take over the facilities of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology at Samaru just outside Zaria, and would incorporate the Ahmadu Bello College in Kano, the Agricultural Research Institute at Samaru, the Institute of Administration at Zaria, and the Veterinary Research Institute at Vom on the Jos Plateau. The law establishing the new university was passed by the Northern Region legislature in 1961. It was decided to name the university after Ahmadu Bello, and the Kano college then took the name of Abdullahi Bayero, a past Emir of Kano.

At the opening on October 4, 1962, thanks in part to absorbing existing institutions, ABU claimed four faculties comprising 15 departments. However, students in all programs numbered only 426. The challenges faced were enormous. Over 60 years of British colonial rule, education in the Northern Region had lagged far behind that of the two southern regions. Few students from the North had qualifications for university entrance, and fewer still northerners had qualifications for teaching appointments. Of the original student body, only 147 were from the North. ABU’s first vice-chancellor (principal administrator and leader) was British, as were most of the professorial appointments. Only two Nigerians — Dr Iya Abubakar (Mathematics) and Adamu Baikie (Education) — were among the earliest round of faculty appointments. Facilities on the main Samaru campus were inadequate, and the administration and integration of the physically separated pre-existing institutions were difficult.

Nevertheless, under the vice chancellorship of Dr Norman S. Alexander, academic and administrative staffing was developed, new departments and programs were created, major building plans were undertaken, and student enrollments grew rapidly. By the end of Alexander’s tenure (1965–66), almost 1,000 students were enrolled. The New Zealand-born Alexander, from 1966, became a kind of "freelance vice-chancellor", offering his expertise to help in the setting up of other Commonwealth universities in the West Indies, Fiji and Africa.

VISION

To build integrated alumni, development and communications functions to advance the University’s goals.

MISSION

The Mission of the Directorate of University Advancement is to “facilitate the sustainable attainment of the primary goals of teaching, research and community service through building greater relationships with alumni and friends of Ahmadu Bello University and establishing mutually beneficial relationships with donors and partner organizations”.

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES (Alumni Association)

  • To promote the welfare, standard, prestige and good name of the University;
  • To encourage a close relationship between the University Authorities, the staff, the students, the Association and the General Public;
  • To provide assistance to the various components of the University;
  • To provide services and donations to Charities, Religious, Educational Organizations and other non-profit making bodies;
  • To explore co-operation with Organizations that have similar aims and objectives within and outside the Federal Republic of Nigeria;
  • To institute a scholarship scheme and provide financial assistance to the needy, but educationally outstanding students;
  • To encourage members to individually and collectively support teaching and other scholarly activities in the University;
  • To promote co-operative spirit amongst members and encourage mutual self-help;
    Organize from time to time, seminars, conferences, workshops, symposia, lectures and other similar activities for the articulation of common problems relating to the development of the society;
  • To undertake all such other things as are lawful, necessary and conducive to the; attainment of the ideals of the Association and the development of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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ABU Cut Off Marks.
JAMB Brochure (check the requirements for each programme)

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    Ahmadu Bello UniversityCourses and Programmes

    1. ACCOUNTANCY/ACCOUNTING
    2. ACTUARIAL SCIENCE
    3. ADULT EDUCATION AND COMMUNUITY DEVELOPMENT
    4. AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING
    5. AGRICULTURAL EXTENSION
    6. AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
    7. AGRICULTURE
    8. ANATOMY
    9. ARABIC STUDIES
    10. ARCHAEOLOGY
    11. ARCHITECTURE
    12. AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING
    13. BANKING AND FINANCE
    14. BIOCHEMISTRY
    15. BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE(S)
    16. BOTANY
    17. BUILDING
    18. BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    19. BUSINESS EDUCATION
    20. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING:
    21. CHEMISTRY
    22. CIVIL ENGINEERING
    23. CIVIL LAW
    24. COMPUTER ENGINEERING:
    25. COMPUTER SCIENCE
    26. DENTISTRY AND DENTAL SURGERY
    27. DRAMA/DRAMATIC/PERFORMING ARTS
    28. ECONOMICS
    29. EDUCATION AND ARABIC
    30. EDUCATION AND BIOLOGY
    31. EDUCATION AND CHEMISTRY:
    32. EDUCATION AND CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES
    33. EDUCATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
    34. EDUCATION AND GEOGRAPHY
    35. EDUCATION AND HAUSA
    36. EDUCATION AND INTEGRATED SCIENCE:
    37. EDUCATION AND ISLAMIC STUDIES:
    38. EDUCATION AND LANGUAGE ARTS:
    39. EDUCATION AND MATHEMATICS
    40. EDUCATION AND PHYSICS
    41. EDUCATION AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES
    42. EDUCATION AND SOCIAL STUDIES
    43. EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATION AND PLANNING
    44. ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
    45. ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
    46. ENGLISH LANGUAGE
    47. FINE ART:
    48. FISHERIES AND AQUACULTURE:
    49. FORESTRY AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT:
    50. FRENCH
    51. GEOGRAPHY
    52. GEOLOGY
    53. GLASS TECHNOLOGY
    54. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING
    55. HAUSA
    56. HEALTH EDUCATION
    57. HISTORY
    58. HOME ECONOMICS AND EDUCATION
    59. HUMAN KINETICS
    60. INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
    61. INSURANCE
    62. INTERNATIONAL STUDIES
    63. ISLAMIC/SHARIA LAW
    64. LAND SURVEYING:
    65. LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
    66. LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
    67. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
    68. MARKETING
    69. MASS COMMUNICATION
    70. MATHEMATICS
    71. MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    72. MECHATRONICS ENGINEERING
    73. MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE:
    74. MEDICINE AND SURGERY
    75. METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING:
    76. MICROBIOLOGY
    77. MINING ENGINEERING:
    78. NURSING/NURSING SCIENCE
    79. PHARMACY
    80. PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION
    81. PHYSICS
    82. PHYSIOLOGY
    83. POLITICAL SCIENCE
    84. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    85. QUANTITY SURVEYING
    86. RADIOGRAPHY
    87. SOCIOLOGY
    88. STATISTICS
    89. SURVEYING AND GEOINFORMATICS
    90. TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING
    91. TEXTILE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY:
    92. THEATRE AND PERFORMING ARTS
    93. URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING:
    94. VETERINARY MEDICINE
    95. WATER RESOURCES AND ENVIROMENTAL ENGINEERING
    96. ZOOLOGY

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Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria

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