Ahmadu Bello University fondly called ABU was founded on 4th October, 1962 as a way of bridging the educational gap between the northern and the southern Nigeria.
It is located in Zaria, a border town of Kaduna State in northern Nigeria. The school has 3 main campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria and School of Basics in Funtua.
The University is named after Saradauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello who was the first premier of Northern Nigeria. The University started with 4 faculties (Law, Agriculture, Engineering and Science), 15 departments and 426 students.
It occupies about 7,000 hectares making it the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa. ABU has nurtured two insitutions – Ado Bayero University in Kano and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology in Bauchi.
Just like other federal universities in Nigeria, ABU has a ceremonial head who is a royal father as its Chancellor and a Vice Chancellor who oversees the daily activities of the University. ABU currently has 82 departments, 12 faculties, 12 research institutes, and specialized centres.
Student enrollment currently stands at 35,000, 1400 academic staff, 1,985 non-academic senior staff, and 4,143 junior staff. This shows how much the University has grown over the years.
The faculties currently in existence at ABU are Administration, Agriculture, Arts, Education, Engineering, Environmental Design, Law, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. Also, the current Chancellor of the University is Muhammed Sa’ad IV (Sultan of Sokoto) while the Vice Chancellor is Professor Ibrahim Garba.
In line with NUC standards, all courses offered at ABU have full accreditation of National University Commission. The last department accredited by NUC was Architecture after on-the-spot-visit of the facilities the University has on ground, it was accredited in June, 2015.
Ahmadu Bello University SCHOOL ADDRESS
Ahmadu Bello University,
Sokoto Road, Samaru-Zaria
Kaduna State, Nigeria
Tel: +234-803-7864-861, +234 69 50 022
Ahmadu Bello University UNDERGRADUATE COURSES
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria as the oldest university in northern Nigeria has a wide range of courses it offers.
Here are a rundown of the courses:
A: Accounting, Agric. Extension Services, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Archaeology, Archaeology/History, Architecture, Arts (Combined Honours), Anatomy, and Arabic Studies
B: Biochemistry, Biological Science, Biology Education, Business Education, Building, and Business Administration
C: Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Christian Religious Knowledge/Studies, Civil Law, Computer Science, and Creative Arts
E: Economics, Economics Education, Education and Arabic, Economics and Geography, Education and Chemistry, Education and Christian Religious Studies, Education and Geography, Education and Integrated Science, Education and Mathematics, Education and Social Studies, Electrical Engineering, English (Drama), English Language, and English Language and Literature
F: Fine Arts, and French
G: Geography, and Geology
H: Hausa, History, History and Archaeology, Home Economics, Home Economics Education, Human Anatomy, and Human Physiology.
I: Integrated Science, Islamic/Sharia Law, Industrial Design, and Islamic Studies
L: Land Surveying, Language Arts, Literature in English, Local Government Administration, and Local Government Studies.
M: Mass Communication, Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery, and Microbiology
N: Nursing and Nursing Science
P: Pharmacy, Physical and Health Education, Physics, Political Science and History, Physics Education, Physiology, Public Administration, and Political Science
Q: Quantity Surveying
S: Science Education, Sociology, and Statistics
T: Textile Science and Technology
U: Urban and Regional Planning
V: Veterinary Medicine
W: Water Resources and Environmental Engineering
Ahmadu Bello University HOTELS AND FEES
Ahmadu Bello University has 10 hostel accommodations for undergraduate students, 1 male postgraduate hostel and 1 Sassakawa hostel in its Main Campus, 8 hostels (4 hostels for undergraduates and 4 hostels for postgraduate) in Kongo Campus, and the University authorities are making efforts with private investors to build more hostels on Build-Operate-Transfer basis.
The school fees of Ahmadu Bello University for freshmen fees range from N27,500 to N35,000 depending on the course of study and acceptance fee is N25,250.
Please note that the tuition is subject to change without public knowledge. Also, the fees paid by Medicine and Surgery as well as Law students are higher than the benchmark for other undergraduates.
Ahmadu Bello University RANKING
Ahmadu Bello University has been doing so well in ranking amongst Nigerian and African universities in general. This is because the authorities of the school have made sincere commitments to the infrastructural, academic, moral, workshop and research development of the institution.
For example, according to recent ranking by Webometrics, ABU took 4th position in Nigeria out 229 Nigerian universities rated in the ranking.
Ahmadu Bello University POSTGRADUATE COURSES
ABU offers courses in Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree and Doctorate of Philosophy levels. Listed below are the common requirements:
Post Graduate Diploma: Interested candidates must have 5 Credit passes in O’ Level (including English and mathematics) and any other relate subjects in their courses of choice in the University. Higher National Diploma (HND) of at least lower credit from a recognized polytechnic. Also, a candidate may possess a degree from a recognized university in Nigeria. And any candidate with qualification lower than these requirements is automatically disqualified.
Master’s Degree: Interested candidates must have 5 Credit passes in O’ Level (including English and mathematics) and any other relate subjects in their courses of choice in the University and are expected to have completed their compulsory NYSC. A good BSC from a recognized university with second class honours of CGPA at least 3.00 on a scale of 5.00 or 2.50 on a scale of 4.00 in a related intended field of study in ABU. A Bachelor’s Degree of PGD (Upper Credit) from any recognized university and HND. A candidate with third class degree with professional qualifications and work experience not less than five (5) years may also be considered.
Directorate of Philosophy: All interested candidates must possess a Master’s Degree from a recognized university with a CPGA of not less than 3.50 on a scale of 5.00 with a research thesis (not project). And finally, any candidate with qualification less than 3.50 on a scale of 5.00 is automatically disqualified.
Please visit http://forms.abu.edu.ng/pgform/showprogrammes for more information about requirements for individual departments.
Ahmadu Bello University GRADING SYSTEM
Just like many Nigerian universities, ABU uses the NUC standard for grading its students.
This means that for NUC programmes, grading is done on a scale of 5.00. The rundown is shown below:
First Class Division: (100 – 70 with 5.00 – 4.50 CGPA)
Second Class Upper Division: (69 – 60 with 4.49 – 3.50 CGPA)
Second Class Lower Division: (49 – 45 with 3.49 – 2.40 CGPA)
Third Class Division: (49 – 45 with 2.39 – 1.50).
Notice that NUC has since abolished the Pass Grade in Nigerian universities. This means that any student who scores below 45 in exam is assumed to have failed it
Ahmadu Bello University ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
All prospective UTME candidates of Ahmadu Bello University must compulsorily sit for their Post UTME screening test before they are considered for admission in the University.
Candidates from UTME must score 180 and above. Please note that these scores are subject to change from time to time. And to be considered for admission, all candidates must have 5 Credit passes in English Language and subjects relevant to their course of choice in not more than 2 sittings.
The University also accepts all combinations like WAEC and WAEC, WAEC and NECO, etc.
Furthermore, Direct Entry candidates must possess the same subject requirement above (that is 5 Credit passes in O’ Level) with OND, IJMB, NCE, HND, etc.
The University also allows students from other institutions to be transferred to it. These students must meet compulsory requirements approved by the senate.
Application forms for transfer within the faculties of the University are available at the University and are students will not lose one year. ABU also offers programmes in Long-Vacation Term (LVT), Sasakawa, Pre-ND and Special Admission, and you can get more information about them on http://forms.abu.edu.ng/otherforms/requirements
Ahmadu Bello University DURATION OF STUDIES
Ahmadu Bello University uses the standard of 6-3-3-4 system of education in Nigeria, which means undergraduates spend at least 4 years doing a program in the University.
This means undergraduates (except Direct Entry candidates) spend a minimum of 4 years in school. Also, all other courses offered at University of Nigeria follow this schedule of 4 years (where a student does not have an extra semester), but there are variations in courses like Law, Pharmacy, Engineering, etc. (which require 5 years), and Medicine and Surgery (7 depending on school calendar and postings).
Ahmadu Bello University TRANSCRIPTS
ABU charges N3,000 for sending alumni transcripts to schools within the country and N9,690 for sending same outside Nigeria. Note that these payments are only obtainable if alumni have to visit the school and make these payments in cash.
Requests can also be made online. This ways, one can place order of transcript through ETX-NG Network. This enables all ordered transcripts to be sent electronically to the schools were they are needed. Through this platform, alumni don’t have to visit the University.
Visit https://www.etx-ng.com/abu for more information and the make payment for necessary fees (which is subject to change). Note that applying for your transcripts online through this medium attracts additional administrative charges.
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Ahmadu Bello University ALUMNI
As one of the foremost universities in Nigeria, ABU has produced a wide array of accomplished technocrats, academicians, security experts, politicians, businessmen and women, writers both in Nigeria and abroad.
Here, I will reveal some notable alumni of the University.
Politicians: Umaru Musa Yar’Adua (former president of Nigeria), Namadi Sambo (Former Vice President of Nigeria), Atiku Abubakar (Former Vice President of Nigeria), Oladipo Diya (Former Vice President of Nigeria), Ghali Umar Na’Abba (Former Speaker f House of Reps), Usman Bayero (former deputy speaker of House of Representatives), Nenadi Usman (Former Finance Minister), Jerry Gana(Former Information minister), Nasir el-Rufai (Governor of Kaduna State), Donald Duke (former Governor of Cross River State), Isa Yuguda (Former Gvernor of Bauchi State), Umaru Tanko Al-Makura (Governor of Nassarawa State), Shamsudeen Usman (Former Minister of National Planning), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gvernor of Gombe State), Usman Saidu Dakingari (Governor of Kebbi State), Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (Former Kano State Governor), etc.
Security experts: Azubuike Ihejirika (Former Chief of Army Staff), Nuhu Ribadu (former police officer and EFCC Chairman), Solomon Arase (IG of Police), Lawal Musa Daura (DSS boss), etc.
Technocrats: Samuel Oboh (architect), Ibrahim H. Umar (Scientist), Andrew Yakubu (Former GMD of NNPC), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Former CBN Governor and Emir of Kano), Lamorde Ibrahim (EFCC Boss), Rilwan Lukman (former Sec. Gen. of OPEC), Shehu Ladan (former GMD, NNPC), Prof. Attahiru Jega (Former INEC Chairman), etc
Academics: Isa Marte Hussaini (Professor of Pharmacology)
Lawyers: Idris Legbo Kutigi (Former Chief Justice of Nigeria), Faruk Imam (Justice of Kogi State Judiciary), Dahiru Musdapher (Former CJN), etc.
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