In this post, we shall take a look at the complete list of all universities in Enugu State as of 2023. Enugu State has a rich history and is known according to its slogan as the Coal City State because coal mining was formerly a key contributor to Nigeria’s economy. Even now, coal is the most abundant of the mineral resources found in Enugu State, and no other Nigerian State can match it. Enugu State is one of Nigeria’s most educated States, with many universities that can compete with any other in the country today. Enugu State currently has six universities, one run by the Federal Government of Nigeria, one by the Enugu State Government, and four by private individuals.
The following are the universities in Enugu State, which will be discussed further as we proceed:
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – Federal University
- Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu – State University
- Caritas University, Enugu – Private University
- Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Private University
- Renaissance University, Enugu – Private University
- Coal City University Enugu – Private University.
FULL LIST OF ALL UNIVERSITIES IN ENUGU STATE 2023
The following is a comprehensive list of all universities located in Enugu State, Nigeria currently in this year 2023:
UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA (UNN)
One of Nigeria’s oldest universities is the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, the Eastern Region’s Premier at the time, established it in 1955. Despite being the country’s second-oldest institution, the University of Nigeria, Nsukka is the country’s first entirely indigenous and independent university. The University of Nigeria has four campuses: Nsukka, Enugu, Ituku-Ozalla, all in Enugu State, and the Aba campus in Abia State.
The Institute of Nigerian Languages is currently located on the Aba campus. On May 18, 1955, a statute was approved to create a university in the Eastern Region, and Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe played a key role in this. Classes commenced with an initial registration of 220 pupils in October 1960, and 13 members of the academic staff were assigned to instruct these students. By 1965, the University of Nigeria Nsukka had graduated two classes. As a result, UNN is the first institution in Nigeria to grant entirely Nigerian degrees to the country’s first graduate students.
ENUGU STATE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (ESUT)
The University, which is one of the best technology universities in Nigeria, was established as a non residential multi-campus institution. On establishment, the University which was conceived on a Presidential model after Harvard University made impressive landmarks and stamped its name as the first University of Technology and first State University in Nigeria with her main campus at Enugu. Other campuses that were created later were located at Abakiliki, Awka and Nnewi. At inception, only three faculties namely, Engineering, Science and Technology were established at the two functional campuses at Enugu and Awka.
In 1985, there were major re-organisations and policies resulting in the introduction of new programmes and the merging of the University with its sister polytechnic – IMT. The new faculties created then were faculties of Education, Environmental Sciences, Health Sciences, Law, Social Sciences, Management Sciences and Agric Sciences etc.
The two merged institutions operated unsuccessfully under one Interim Joint Council (IJC) with Prof. Onwumechili as the President and Proc. J.C. Ene of IMT as Deputy until December 1986 when it was demerged. By 1987 the four campuses had kicked off in earnest with Abakaliki campus housing Agric Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, while Awka campus was for students of Basic Applied Sciences, Law and Social Sciences, Nnewi campus catered for Health Sciences comprising Medicine and Dentistry while the main campus in Enugu housed Engineering, Technology, Management Sciences and the rest. Each of the campuses had a Deputy Vice-Chancellor as the administrative head.
In 1991, following the creation of Enugu State from the old Anambra State the new Government changed name from ASUTECH to ESUT. At that time, the two former campuses of ASUTECH at Awka and Nnewi became the State University for Anambra State which today has been taken over by the Federal Government and renamed Nnamdi Azikiwe University, while the Enugu and Abakiliki campuses on the other hand formed ESUT.
ESUT however retained and adopted all the identities of the old ASUTECH including its main campus, the logo, colour, anthem, philosophy, aims and objectives among others. This re-packaged University, ESUT, established a new campus at Adada Nkpologwu in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area where students of Applied Natural Sciences and Social Sciences were located.
These three campuses at Enugu, Abakailiki and Nsukka Zones of the State had four colleges, each headed by a Provost.
- College of Engineering at Enugu
- College of Agriculture at Abakaliki
- College of Applied Natural Sciences at Adada-Nsukka
- College of Health Sciences at Abakaliki
The creation of Ebonyi State from the old Enugu and Abia States in 1996 saw ESUT forfeiting its campus at Abakaliki which houses its Colleges of Medicine and Agriculture. The new State (Ebonyi) understandably converted the campuses to a State University known today as (EBSU) Ebonyi State University. ESUT on the other hand re-established its College of Health Sciences at Nsukka until 2005 when it was relocated to Parklane Enugu and named ESUT College of Medicine/Teaching Hospital.
On February 14, 2006, the University under the Vice Chancellorship of Professor Ikechukwu Chidobem was moved from its temporary site at Independence Layout Enugu to a befitting permanent structure built in Nkanu West L.G.A. and named Ebeano City.
CARITAS UNIVERSITY, ENUGU
The Federal Government of Nigeria recognized Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu, on December 16, 2004. Prof. Fabian Osuji, the then Federal Minister of Education, officially opened the school on January 21, 2005. On January 31, 2005, the school’s formal opening took place. On May 28, 2005, the first 250 students matriculated in a beautiful ceremony attended by Church and State dignitaries. Rev. Fr. Prof. Emmanuel Paul Mattew Edeh C.S.Sp, OFR established it as Nigeria’s second Catholic university. Despite the fact that he founded the school, the Congregation of Sisters of Jesus the Saviour, a religious Nuns’ Congregation established by him, is the University’s Proprietor.
GODFREY OKOYE UNIVERSITY
Godfrey Okoye University (GO University) was formed in 2009 for the Catholic Diocese of Enugu by the Very Reverend Father Professor Dr. Christian Anieke. The institution, which received its operational license from the National Universities Commission (NUC) on November 3, 2009, is part of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu in Nigeria. It is Africa’s first Catholic diocese-owned university.
Renaissance University is a private university that was granted a license by the Nigerian government in 2005. The university’s main campus is in Ugbawka, Enugu State, Nigeria. The facility is only 30 minutes away by car from Enugu, the State capital. It is one of two universities in Enugu State’s Nkanuland, the other being the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Nigeria’s first State university of technology.
COAL CITY UNIVERSITY
Coal City University (CCU) in Enugu State of Nigeria is a not-for-profit private university established in 2016. The University is a globally focused and fast-rising university in Nigeria. The University aspires to be a world-class centre of learning and research that will produce well-rounded, entrepreneurial, and globally employable graduates. The University is committed to the creation of knowledge through fundamental and applied research, and the application of knowledge for the prosperity and well-being of citizens of its city, its region, and the global community.
The University prides itself on offering an excellent learning experience for students, informed by up-to-date research, and facilitated by a high-quality learning environment, with multi-media classrooms, ultra-modern laboratories, and modern library. Their classes are delivered in small groups with maximized interaction and engagement. Their small class sizes provide students with easy access to academic staff and wonderful opportunities to participate in hands-on projects. They create a suitable environment for their r students to expand their horizons, equip them with the tools to deal with complexity and the knowledge to ask the right questions.
The University offers industry-focussed and globally-oriented Bachelor’s Degrees in Accounting; Business Administration; Biochemistry; Computer Science; Criminology and Security Studies; Economics; English and Literary Studies; History and Diplomatic Studies; International Relations; Marketing; Mass Communication; Microbiology; Political Science; Psychology; Public Administration; Religious Studies; Sociology and Taxation.
All academic programmes are quality assured in Nigeria and by overseas external examiners. They have several partnership agreements with educational and other organisations in Nigeria and abroad. These agreements allow them to offer a wider range of courses to students and give them access to specialist facilities and lecturers. Their students also could benefit from enriching study-abroad programme with their partner institutions in Australia, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States, amongst others.