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University of Lagos

University of Lagos
Motto In deed and in truth.
Established 1962
Type Public
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rahmon Ade Bello
Students 45,000 (2010)[1]
Location Lagos, Nigeria
Campus Urban
Colors Gold and Puce
Nickname Akokites
Affiliations ACU, AAU, NUC

The University of Lagos - popularly known as Unilag - is a federal government university in Lagos State, southwestern Nigeria.


In order to achieve rapid industrialization and development after independence, Nigeria needed to invest in the training of a professional workforce. The indispensable need to create more universities to reach this goal was facilitated by the establishment of the University of Lagos in 1962. The Eric Ashby Commission on Post School Certificate and Higher Education was established by the Nigerian Government in May 1959. The Ashby Commission’s report, titled Investment in Education, recommended the establishment of a new university in Lagos, the then Federal Capital, to provide education for students in Economics, Commerce, Business Administration, and Higher Management Studies. In 1961, UNESCO Advisory Commission was assigned the detailed planning of the new university by the Federal Government. However, whereas the Ashby Commission had envisaged a non-residential institution which would be cited in the business district of Central Lagos, the UNESCO Commission opted for a traditional university, “a complete all encompassing institution” with residential accommodation on a large campus. Following the acceptance of the UNESCO Commission’s report, the University of Lagos was established on 22 October 1962 on the authority of the University of Lagos Act of 1962.

Governance and Administration

The Act provided for a Provisional Council for the University, a Senate to preside over academic affairs, and a separate Council for the College of Medicine. This was rather unique for, by authority of the Act, the University consisted of two separate institutions—the main university and an autonomous Medical School. The link between the two institutions was tenuous at best, consisting of reciprocal representation on both Councils and membership in the University Senate by professors in the Medical School. The Chancellor of the university is the ceremonial head of the University who, in the name of the university, confers all degrees. The Vice-Chancellor is responsible for the day-to-day running of the university and accountable to Council. Council is responsible for the selection of all Vice-Chancellors, Deputy Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Faculty. The responsibility for regulating all teaching, research and academic functions of the university falls on Senate. As set out in the University of Lagos Act and in the Statute of the University of Lagos. Additionally, the interests of the university's students are represented by the Students' Representative Council (SRC), which also selects representatives to Senate and Council via the Dean of Student Affairs.

Academics and Research

The University has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. Notwithstanding, with approximately 45,000 students as of 2010, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any University in the country.[2][3] The University of Lagos is among the first generation of universities in Nigeria[4] and also one of the twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission. The University has also built a legacy of academic excellence and is now acclaimed publicly as “the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.” [5] The University of Lagos is a Centre for academic research. The University research activity was one of the major criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in adjudging the University as the Best University in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008.


The main campus is located at Akoka, Yaba, while the Medical Campus of the College of medicine is located a few kilometers from the main campus at Idi-Araba, Surulere, all on the Lagos mainland. The University has many other residential facilities and services for both staff and students. The University of Lagos has fourteen academic units comprising a broad range of professional faculties and schools. Most faculties are located on the main Campus except the Faculties of Pharmacy, Clinical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences and Dental Sciences which are located within the College of Medicine in Idi Araba. The College of Medicine is also the site of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH). The university also has other centers and institutes in addition to the various departments in its faculties. The academic bodies of the University consist of the full-time undergraduate programs, the Distance Learning Institute (DLI) and the School of Postgraduate studies (Full-time and part-time programs) whose dramatic growth has attracted the sobriquet, “the Lagoon Lighthouse“. The University of Lagos offers many Academic Programs. Areas of education and research are summarized in the table below:
Faculty Departments/Programmes/Centres/Institutes
Social Sciences[7]
Business Administration[8]
Law [9]
Environmental Sciences[11]
School of Clinical Sciences[14]
School of Basic Medical Sciences[15]
School of Dental Sciences[16]
Institutes/Centers/Academic Establishments
  • School of Postgraduate Studies
  • Distance Learning Institute
  • Institute for Continuing Education
  • Center for Human Rights
  • National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation
  • Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  • Confucius Institute
  • Institute of Maritime Studies
  • Institute of Child Health and Primary care
  • Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research center
  • Center for Social Research and Public Policy
  • Center for African Regional Integration and Borderline Studies
  • Center for Entrepreneurship and Corporate Governance
  • Center for Information Technology and Systems (CITS)
  • Julius Pepper Clark Center for the Arts
  • Nigerian Academy of Letters
  • Nigerian Academy of Science
  • Nigerian Academy of Engineers
  • Human Resources Development center
  • African Institute of Business Simulation
  • University of Lagos Women Society
  • International School Lagos
  • Center for General Studies
  • Soroptimist International Braille center


Students’ Halls of Residence

The University has thirteen students’ halls of residence for undergraduate students and two halls of residence for postgraduate students. A number of students also reside in private residences and hostels outside the campuses. However, due to the inevitable annual increase in student population, there are future plans to provide more halls of residence. The existing students’ halls of residence are:

  • King Jaja Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • Jereton Mariere Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • Saburi Biobaku Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • El Kanemi Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • Kofoworola Ademola Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Moremi Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Queen Amina Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Honours Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Henry Carr Hall (Mixed, Postgraduate)
  • Erastus Akingbola Hall (Mixed, Postgraduate)
  • Sodeinde Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • Eni-Njoku Hall (Male, Undergraduate)
  • Aliyu Makama Bida Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Fagunwa Hall (Female, Undergraduate)
  • Madam Tinubu Hall (Female, Undergraduate)


The University of Lagos Library which is the Main Library was established in 1962 and is located close to the Senate Building. It comprises the Gandhi Library, Law Library, Medical Library, Boulos Engineering Library among others. The Law library is a legal depository, which means that it is entitled to request a free copy of every Law book published in Nigeria. The library's collections include more than 500, 000 accessioned volumes of books, 30, 000 periodicals and impressive stocks of rare books, prints and archives. The library also offers access to extensive electronic resources. The library's collections can be accessed through the OPAC system with workstation located within the library. The library has experienced unprecedented development from holding only traditional print materials to designing gateways to networked information. The Main Library coordinates from the main Campus a large number of libraries attached to the various Schools, Institutes, Faculties, and Departments of the University, most of which are autonomous. The Library is the hub for academic work in the University. All academic related functions such as teaching, research and learning find their support-base in the library where all types of documents, are categorized for easy access to members of the University community. Other prominent libraries include the Education Library and Taslim Olawale Elias Library

Campus Facilities, Units and Services

  • Division of Students Affairs
  • University Health Services/Medical center
  • Sports center
  • The Bursary
  • Registry
  • Internal Audit
  • Unilag Consult
  • Unilag Ventures
  • Bookshop and Press
  • Unilag Park
  • Guest Houses and Conference Center
  • Central Industrial and Liaison Placement Unit
  • Unilag 103.1 FM Radio Station
  • Main Auditorium
  • Botanical and Zoological gardens
  • Lagoon Front Resort
  • Community Pharmacy
  • Office of Advancement
  • Academic Planning Unit
  • Guidance and Counseling Unit
  • Estate Unit
  • Media and Corporate Affairs
  • Works and Physical Planning Unit
  • Hydraulic Research Unit
  • Alumni Relations Unit
  • Legal Unit
  • Security Unit
  • Records Unit
  • Quality Assurance and Servicom Unit

Notable Alumni, Faculty and Staff

Vice Chancellors

Notable Faculty

See also Category:University of Lagos faculty

Notable alumni

Amongst the alumni of the University of Lagos, Akoka and other institutions that fall under that banner are:

See also Category:University of Lagos alumni

Name change

On 29 May 2012 the President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, proposed to rename the University of Lagos to the name Moshood Abiola University in honor of Moshood Abiola, who died in jail as a political prisoner in 1998. The name change has been the subject of protests from students and alumni.[31][32][33]


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  11. ^ Faculty of Environmental Sciences. University of Lagos Calendar.  
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External links

  • The University of Lagos Official Website
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