Full List of Universities in Edo State (2024)

There are quite many universities in Edo State, which was once home to the ancient Benin kingdom which was one of the biggest ruling powers in West Africa at the time.

Benin City, Edo State’s Capital is currently the fourth largest city in Nigeria. It is also the headquarters of rubber production in the country. 

Edo State which was formerly known as the Bendel State is bordered by Ondo State at the west, to the east, by Anambra State. Presently, there are four universities in Edo State. One of these universities in Edo State is owned by the federal government, two are run and managed by the Edo State government, and the remaining five are by private institutions.

Below is the list of universities in Edo State you should seriously consider if you are interested in schooling in the south-south.

Complete List of Universities in Edo State

Universities in Edo State

University of Benin, Benin City

UNIBEN as they are popularly known was established in 1970 not just making the university one of the oldest universities in Edo State but also, in Nigeria.

Like most older universities in the country, the University of Benin started as an Institute of Technology, until 1971 when the National Universities Council approved them as a university.

Presently, the progress of the South-southern university is evident for all to see as there are thirteen faculties in the school, at the time of writing. The university also has a 40,000-student population and would always be remembered for appointing Nigeria’s first female Vice-Chancellor in the person of  Grace Alele-Williams.

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Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma

Ambrose Alli University was formerly known as Bendel State University, before it was changed to Edo State University, and then to its present name, Ambrose Alli University in honor of Ambrose Folorunsho Alli, who was the then governor of Bendel State.

AAU is located in Edo State and has most of its information resources stored at the Ambrose Alli University Library credits to the former Vice-Chancellor of the university, Ignatius Onimawo.

Edo State University, Uzairue

This university is one of the universities in Edo State managed by the Edo State government. In 2014, it was known as the Edo University Uzairue, then in 2015, it was changed to Edo University, Iyamho, Uzairue, before in 2016, it became one of the NUC-accredited universities in the country.

Presently, the school has several approved programs in six different faculties namely, the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Management and Social Sciences, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Law, and Faculty of Sciences.

The vision behind the creation of the school by the Edo State government is to develop the state’s human capital through holistic and excellent university education.

Igbinedion University, Okada

Igbinedion University is famed as the very privately owned university in Nigeria. It was established in 1999 by one of the high-ranking Benin Chief and billionaire, Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion. All of the programs the university offers are approved by the National Universities Council.

Mudiame University, Irrua

This is one of the private universities in Edo State. It was founded by the CEO of Mudiame International Limited and Mudiame Welding Institute, Professor Sunny Eromosele Eboh. Mudiame University became a NUC-approved university in 2021.

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Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa

This Edo State-based private university was named after Pastor Samuel Adegboyega, who was one of the renowned founding fathers of the Apostolic Church, in Nigeria. He was the first chairman of the Apostolic Church, Nigeria, Lagos, Western, and Northern Areas territory.

Samuel Adegboyega University became the 45th private university in Nigeria in 2011 when they were approved by the National Universities Council to commence academic activities.

Benson Idahosa University, Benin City

This university came as a divine instruction to the then-president of the Church of God Missions, Late Archbishop Benson Idahosa. It was to culminate in nursery and primary schools, secondary schools, and universities.

In 1981, the vision came to fruition as Christian Faith University, until in 1998 it was renamed the Benson Idahosa University that we all know today.

In 1992, Archbishop Benson Idahosa applied to the Federal Ministry of Education to license the university to be legally approved as a private university. It was only ten years later in 2002, that the National Universities Council approved the request.

Wellspring University, Evbuobanosa

Wellspring University is the brainchild of Management Science Center, a professional training and educational consulting firm in 1983. This Management Science Center began as a tutorial center for degree students of Correspondence and Open Studies Institute of the University of Lagos.

Between 1995 and 2003, this same center was in liaison with Ambrose Alli University, the University of Ibadan, and even Auchi Polytechnic. With its proven track record as a credible institution for tertiary education, the National Universities Council licensed the center to operate as a private university in 2009.

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Many of the universities in Edo State are well known in the South-southern region of the country, and in fact, are leading lights in the country as a whole.

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