It is certain that Nigeria is blessed with so many prestigious universities, from their beauty, to their VC’s , the numerous awards they have gotten, down to their LANDMASS. Most Nigerian universities student are curious to know which university has the largest landmass, because some of them loves to tour round their school, others just want to know all the hidden corners of the school. Either ways if you are one of those students who has always wondered which university is the biggest. Then you are in luck, because this post got you covered. Let’s dive in shall we?
In a numerical descending order
10) UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN (UI)
University of Ibadan also known as UI is located in IBADAN, Oyo state. It is also called the PREMIER UNIVERSITY as it is the first Federal university in Nigeria.This great school made it to our list of top 10 biggest Nigerian Universities by their landmass through the ownership of 1,032 hectares of land. It is the oldest in the country.
9) THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA (AUN)
Do not be perplexed about the name of the school. It was given that name because It is the first of its kind in the entire Sub-Saharan, Africa. AUN is a private university in Yola, Nigeria. It offers an American-styled liberal art higher education at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Being styled to be an American school in all ramification of an education system, as a student, you get to experience magnificent edifices, environment, facilities, and staffs. It has succeeded in owning over 2,400 acres of land.
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8) REDEEMER’S UNIVERSITY NIGERIA(RUN)
Redeemer’s University is a private Christian university founded by the Redeemed Christian church of God, The University was founded in 2005 and is located in Osun State south western Nigeria.The university isn’t so diverse in terms of religious beliefs as it is a Christian university, however it is culturally diverse as it admits students irrespective of their cultural background.The current land it occupies is 2,006 acres which make RUN the 8th in the Top 10 biggest university in Nigeria by Landmass.
7) FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY OWERRI(FUTO)
This school is located in Owerri, Imo State. It is the biggest technology university in the Southeast and South-south region. The school sits on 4,048 hectares of land. It is for this reason that FUTO is number 7 of our Top 10 biggest universities in Nigeria.No doubt, the Federal University Of Technology Owerri, FUTO is one of the best schools in Nigeria with more than 40-degree programmes, faculties and institutes.
I know you all are anticipating to see which university gets to the top list. Let’s continue shall we ?
6)AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY(ABU)
ABU was founded on October 4, 1962. Initially, the institution was called the University of Northern Nigeria. ABU is mainly a research institute that the FG of Nigeria created and runs. You can find the school in Zaria, a city in Kaduna State. The government established this academy in 1962 with the former name University of Northern Nigeria. The university owns two campuses. The main campus is in Samaru and houses most of the faculties and the administration body of the institution. The second you can find in Kongo which the admin uses to run the faculty of Administration and Law. The school owns at about 7,000 hectares of land in it’s name. Intriguing right?
5) UNIVERSITY OF BENIN
This university owns at about 8,000 hectares of land. It is a public research university located in Benin city Edo state. It is among the university owned by the Federal government of Nigeria and was founded in 1970. The school currently has two campuses with fifteen faculties including a central library called JOHN HARRIS LIBRARY.
4) FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE, ABEOKUTA (FUNAAB)
This institution was established 1 January 1988 after the federal authorities eliminated four technological universities previously united in 1984. Located in Abeokuta the capital city of Ogun State, the school was not always standing alone. Before its creation in 1988, in the year 1984, the governing body of the country felt it necessary to merge FUNAAB with four other universities. It is a Federal government establishment, and since its creation, the school has continued to function under the administration of the government.The total size of FUNAAB is 10,000 hectares.
3) UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA
As the name implies, UniAbuja is located in the heart of the Federal capital of Nigeria, Abuja. It would be strange if the residents of the capital did not have an impressive educational institution nearby. The third largest university in Nigeria was founded in Abuja on January 1, 1988. The university currently offers 1539 courses. UNIABUJA has 15,000 students and 1700 lecturers.Presently, the institution boasts of 11,284 hectares of land, housing its education buildings and residential structure.
2) OBAFEMI AWOLOWO UNIVERSITY (OAU)
Oau popularly known as “Great ife” also known to be Africa’s most beautiful campus was founded in 1961.You can find this academy in the old city of Osun State, Ile-Ife. The motto of the school is for learning and culture, based on that, the school offers admission to post-graduates and undergraduates in several disciplines. You can go for the natural science, medical science, art and more. Obafemi Awolowo University stands second in our list of top 10 biggest universities in Nigeria by landmass because of its 13,000 hectares campus. The institute has continued to grow in mass and size. Right now, it houses 35,000 students and counting.
For the grand finale……
1) UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN
Top on this list of universities in Nigeria with the largest landmass is the University of Ilorin. It is the largest university in Nigeria, occupying 15,000 hectares of land.University of Ilorin, also known as Unilorin, is a federal government-owned university in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.
While in its inception it began with just three faculties offering training courses to 200 students, now it has over 15 faculties providing educational services to thousands of interested students.Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, made the disclosure in Ilorin at the official presentation of items purchased by the 1988 University set of the Faculty of Agriculture.
He also explained that the institution was currently using just five percent of the total 15,000 hectares of its landmass.
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