Igbinedion University

Igbinedion University, Okada
Igbinedion University
Igbinedion University library main entrance
MottoKnowledge & Excellence
ChancellorSir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion
Vice-ChancellorProf. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye
Location, ,
6°43′49″N 5°23′45″E / 6.7302189°N 5.3958046°E / 6.7302189; 5.3958046

Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO) is a privately owned university located in Okada, the headquarters of Ovia North-East Local Government Area in Edo State, Nigeria.

Established on 10 May 1999 by Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion CFR, IUO holds the distinction of being the first licensed a Private University in Nigeria s certified by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The university's Certificate of approval, No. 001, was granted by the Federal Government, marking a significant milestone in the country's educational landscape.

History and foundation

Igbinedion University was founded in response to a need for high-quality tertiary education that aligns with global standards. The institution officially opened its doors to foundation students on 15 October 1999. Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion, a philanthropist and prominent figure in Benin City, provided the visionary leadership that gave rise to IUO's establishment.

Academic accreditation

IUO takes pride in its commitment to maintaining high academic standards. The university's programs, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, have received accreditation from the prestigious National Universities Commission (NUC). Additionally, the university's programs align with the requirements set forth by relevant professional bodies. This accreditation serves as a testament to IUO's dedication to providing students with a comprehensive and internationally recognized education.

Colleges and academic offerings

Igbinedion University comprises seven distinct Colleges, each catering to specific academic disciplines:

These colleges collectively offer a diverse array of academic programs, providing students with opportunities for comprehensive learning and specialization.

Leadership and governance

IUO has seen a succession of distinguished leaders who have guided the university towards its current stature. The late Professor Anthony Uyekpen Osagie served as the inaugural Substantive Vice-Chancellor from 29 October 1999 to 30 November 2003. Professor Nduka Uraih, who held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor, subsequently assumed the role of Acting Vice Chancellor from December 2003 to 11 September 2004. Notably, Rev. Professor Eghosa Osaghae assumed the position of the second substantive Vice Chancellor, a role he held until June 2018 when Prof. Lawrence Ezemwonye assumed the mantle of leadership. These transitions in leadership underscore the commitment to maintaining the university's trajectory of progress and academic excellence.

Achievements and international engagements

Igbinedion University's impact extends beyond its borders, marked by significant achievements and international partnerships. A notable milestone is IUO's distinction as the first Private University in Sub-Saharan Africa to produce medical doctors. This accomplishment underscores the institution's dedication to providing specialized education that contributes to the broader healthcare landscape.

IUO's commitment to internationalization is evident through strategic linkages with renowned universities worldwide. Partnerships with institutions such as the University of Westminster (UK) and Howard University (USA) facilitate collaborative endeavors in various academic disciplines. Furthermore, IUO's membership in esteemed organizations like the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNI) and participation in the Network Towards Unity for Health (NUFH) demonstrate its active engagement on the global educational stage.

Academic programs

Faculty and departments

College Of Health Sciences

College of Pharmacy

College Of Engineering

  • Chemical/Petroleum Engineering.
  • Civil engineering|Civil Engineering.
  • Electrical/Electronics and Computer.
  • Mechanical engineering|Mechanical Engineering.

College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Economics and Development Studies
  • Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Mass communication|Mass Communication
  • Political science|Political Science and public administration|Public Administration
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • International Relations and Strategic Studies
  • Theatre Arts
  • English

College Of Natural and Applied Sciences

  • Computer science and Information Technology|Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Industrial Chemistry.
  • Physics.

College Of Business and Management Studies

  • Accounting
  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Administration

College Of Law

  • Law


Over 10,000 people have graduated from various undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the University. Since its establishment in 1999, it has worked for prominent firms both within and outside of Nigeria. It has also received support from people and organizations such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, which funded the creation of an ultra-modern library for the school, and former Chief of Air Staff Air Marshall Paul Dike, who gave a complex.

Notable alumni

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