The University of Lagos was founded in 1962. It presently has three Campuses in Yaba and Surulere. Whereas two of its Campuses are located in Yaba (the main campus in Akoka and the recently created campus at the former School of Radiography), its College of Medicine is located in Idi-Araba, Surulere. It is remarkable that all the three campuses are located in the Mainland of Lagos. Its main campus is largely surrounded by the scenic view of the Lagos lagoon on 802 acres of land in Akoka, North Eastern part of Yaba.
From a modest intake of 131 students in 1962, enrolment in the university has now grown to over 40,000. The University’s staff strength is 3,365 made up as follows: 1,386 Administrative and Technical, 1,164 Junior and 813 Academic Staff.
University of Lagos currently has twelve Faculties, namely, Arts, Basic Medical Sciences, Business Administration, Clinical Sciences, Dental Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Law, Pharmacy, Science, and Social Sciences. UNILAG, as the university is fondly called, also offers Master’s and Doctorate degrees in most of the aforementioned programmes. In addition, it has two Centres, namely, the Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for African Regional Integration and Borderland Studies. The Distance Learning Institute (DLI) of the University also offers courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Science Education and Library / Information Sciences.
VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS
The vision of the University is “To ensure that by mid-term of my Vice-Chancellorship, the University of Lagos is ranked among the first 100 Universities in the world,” while its mission is “To make the University of Lagos an e-university is my vision. This will be in agreement with the University's Mission which is "To provide a conducive teaching, learning, research and development environment, where staff and students will interact and compete effectively with other counterparts, both nationally and internationally in terms of intellectual competence and the zeal to add value to our World".
The University of Lagos recognizes the fact that any country that fails to give priority to research will continue to occupy the global backseat; hence it organizes an annual Research and Conference Fair where the University rewards its exceptional researchers for their outstanding research and innovations.
In addition to its numerous Scholarships, Prizes and Grants, the University has also introduced a special scholarship scheme funded from its Endowment Grants for various categories of students. Up to 500 Awards are usually granted annually.
RADIO UNILAG 103.1FM
The University’s radio station, UNILAG 103.1 FM, the first by any University in Nigeria was established in 2004, to provide new experiences for students especially in relevant disciplines such as Mass Communication, Physics, Electronics, Distance Learning. It was also to increase the educational opportunities available to the wider community. The station since its inception has performed this role creditably and done so much in expanding the frontiers of knowledge.
Once again, I welcome you to the University of Lagos, Nigeria, where possibilities are created and dreams fulfilled. Please feel free to visit us at any time.