The University of Maiduguri was created in 1975 as one of the second-generation Universities, which formed part of the programmes of the Third National Development plan (1975-80) by the then Federal Military Government. At inception, the university did not have physical structures of its own, but in April 1976 it inherited the premises owned by the former North East College of Arts and Science (NECAS). The structures bequeathed to the University by NECAS were adequate in terms of office blocks, classrooms, staff quarters, laboratories and other physical structures requirement by a university of its size. The personnel of NECAS were equally absorbed into the University employment and this made it possible for the institution to commence its academic programmes in October 1976.
In its first academic year, the university enrolled 743 students spread across three faculties, namely Arts and Education, Science, and Social Science & Law. By 1978 the number of faculties expanded to six with the creation of the Faculty of Agriculture and the separation of the Faculty from Arts as well as the separation of the Faculty of Law from Social Sciences. Similarly, a two-year School of Basic Studies programme was introduced in 1976 to mop-up the students of NECAS and in 1980 it was transformed into a single year remedial programme for both Arts and Sciences.
Owing to its unique location in the north-eastern part of Nigeria that borders Niger, Chad and Cameroon republics and its cosmopolitan nature, the University has attracted students from within and outside Nigeria. Thus, teaching and non-teaching staff have been employed by the university from Europe, Asia, the Caribbean Islands and African countries. The University has experienced tremendous growth in its student population and personnel in academic, administrative and technical Departments. Specifically, by 2000 A.D the student enrolment had reached 26, 000 and the number of faculties had expanded to eight (8) including a College of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. There were also 77 academic Departments spread across these faculties. As at the end of 2016 the University had one college of Medical Sciences, a School of Postgraduate Studies and 12 Faculties. The faculties include, Agriculture, Arts, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Management Sciences, Pharmacy, Science, Social Sciences, and Veterinary Medicine.
The University of Maiduguri is located in Maiduguri, capital of Borno State, in the North-Eastern corner of Nigeria. The University's immediate environment is made up of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe, the five successor States of the defunct North Eastern State.
The six States occupying an estimated area of 310,666 square kilometres, have an estimated population of 11,888,297 (1981). The environment within which the University is located is rich in both human and natural resources. Culturally and socially, the region is one of the great meeting points of early African Civilizations. Thus, the remarkable cultures of this region at once indicate the rich rewards in terms of higher learning and research to scholars, students and the population at large.
Serving our scholarly commDepartmenty by delivering consistenly high-quality programs, teaching, service, and scholarship.
Acting in an honest, fair, and ethical manner, creating a culture of trust evident in all University activities and decision making.
Ensuring academic, programmatic, and fiscal intergrity and value through prudent management of resources entrusted to the University.
Encouraging considering, and supporting development of ideas by fostering individuals ingenuity and creativity and creating an environment with opportDepartmenties for growth and change.
Working toward common goals with others in the University and the commDepartmenty while valuing teamwork, participation, and diversity of ideas and perspectives.
Embracing diversity and treating other collegially with civility, openness, and professionalism in all interactions, activities, and decision-making.
The University of Maiduguri shall be an institution dedicated to scholarship and learning in the Arts, Sciences, Humanities and Technology, and the development of moral and civic character of all persons who pass through her portals. The University Shall facilitate and advance scholarship and learning, especially in the light of her location in the Sahelian environment in the North-Eastern Nigeria, and at the crossroads of Africa and Middle-Eastern Culture.Vision StatementThe University of Maiduguri apart from achieving competence in the basic Arts and Sciences, aims at excellence in Agriculture, Pastoralism, Engineering, Human and Veterinary Medicine and Information Technology as well as in Arid Zone, Trans-Saharan and Inter-African Peace and Strategic Studies. The University also aims to promote the development of Private and Public morality, discipline, accountability and probity, and also international cooperation through participation, research and dissemination of information.Objectives of the UniversityAs enunciated in the University of Maiduguri Act 1979 the following objectives would be pursued by the University:
Encourage the advancement of learning and hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportDepartmenty of acquiring a higher and liberal education;
Provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
Encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavor;
Relate its activities to social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria; and undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of the highest standard.
University of Maiduguri was established in 1975 with physical facilities inherited from the former North East College of Arts and Science (NECAS).The first Vice-Chancellor was Late Professor Essien-Udom. He occupied a three-bedroom flat as his office.At the beginning of the 1976/77 academic session, the University admitted its pioneer undergraduate students in three (3) faculties:
1. Faculty of Arts & Education;
2. Faculty of Social Sciences & Law
3. Faculty of Science
The 1st convocation ceremony of the University took place on the 1st of December 1979, and on that day, honorary degrees (LL.D.) were conferred on:
1. HRH, Late Mustapha Umar El-kanemi, The Shehu of Borno.
2. HRH, Late Oba Daniel Aladesanmi II, The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, First Chancellor of University of Maiduguri
The DVC AcademicsProfessor Saidu Baba Was Born In 1960 In Jimeta, Yola North Local Government Area Of Adamawa State. He Started His Early Education At The Jimeta Central Primary School Before Proceeding To General Murtala Mohammed College, Yola And Graduated In 1978. He Gained Admission Into University Of Maiduguri And Graduated With A First Class Degree In Geology In 1983. Thereafter, He Went To Obafemi Awaolowo University, Ile-Ife Where He Obtained An M.Sc. In Mineral Exploration/Geochemistry In 1990 And Then The Federal University Of Technology, Yola (Now Modibbo Adama University) For A Ph.D In Mineral Exploration In 2008. He Was Employed By The University Of Maiduguri In 1984 As A Graduate Assistant And Rose Through The Ranks To A Professor In 2012. Saidu Baba, Prior To His Appointment As The Deputy Vice – Chancellor (Academic Services), Had Served In Various Capacities In Within Of The University. He Was Head Of The Department Of Geology, Deputy Dean And Later Sub – Dean Of The Faculty Of Science And Overseer/Dean Of The Faculty Of Environmental Studies. He Also Served In Numerous Capacities At National Level Including Member, UNESCO Nigeria National Committee On International Geological Correlation Programme (NNC- IGCP), 2011-2013, Member- Multidisciplinary Committee On Ten Industrial Minerals Sector Of Manufacturers Association Of Nigeria (MAN), Raw Materials Research And Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja, 2003, Coordinator, PTDF Local Scholarship Scheme, University Of Maiduguri, 2010-2017 And The Technical Team Leader, NNPC Oil Exploration In The Chad Basin, 2017,Among Others. Saidu Baba Is A Fellow Of The Institute Of Corporate Administration (FCAI) And Nigerian Mining And Geosciences Society (FNMGS). In Recognition Of His Contribution To Learning And The Society, He Was Given The Title Of Sarki Sudan Jimeta By The Jimeta District Council. He Is Happily Married With Children.