Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka is a Federal university in Nigeria. Its main campus is located in the southeastern part of Nigeria in Anambra State's capital, Awka, and a second campus is at Nnewi. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University came into being as an offshoot of the defunct Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). ASUTECH which was established through Law No. 7 of 30 July 1980 by the Government of the old Anambra operated as a multi-campus university, with campuses in Abakiliki, Enugu, Awka and Nnewi. In 1991, following the split of the old Anambra State into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former ASUTECH were constituent into Nnamdi Azikiwe University by the Anambra State Edict No.5 of November 26, 1991.
Nnamdi Azikiwe University was taken over by the Federal Government by Decree No. 34 of July 15, 1992 In 1991, after the former Anambra State was split into Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) were combined into Nnamdi Azikiwe University, which was later taken over by Federal government. The university is named after Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of Nigeria. The Awka Campus became Nnamdi Azikiwe University. In 1992,the Federal Government of Nigeria took over the University from Anambra State. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, thus, became a Federal University.
Location Of The University
The main campus of the University is located at Awka sited thirty-five kilometers to the South -West of Awka and the second campus is at Nnewi.
The University has a population of twenty-four thousand seven hundred and six (24,706) for the full-time and twelve thousand, four hundred and seventy-six (12,476)students for the part-time programmes during the 2004/2005 academic year.
The university offers a diverse range of courses of study, including Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Medicine and Surgery, Social Sciences, Law, African Languages, European Languages, and Education. In the 2004-2005 academic year there were 24,706 full-time students and 12,476 part-time students enrolled. The current Vice Chancillor is Prof. Boniface Egboka who took over from Prof.Ilochi Okafor(SAN).
Nnamdi Azikiwe University is founded on the philosophy that knowledge should be propagated and disseminated to individuals without let or hindrance. Teaching and Research would be anchored on the needs of the immediate environment and the Nigerian society generally. Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, after whom the University is named, stands out clearly in the history of University education in Nigeria and Africa in general. In the discharge of its mission, the University shall live up to the ideals of this renowned statesman, by making University education pragmatic, and using it to forge unity among the various communities in Nigeria.
The mission of the University is, thus, to use teaching, research and public service to solve societal problems. In the process of learning, students would be oriented to use education in the solution of practical problems confronting them and the Nigerian society. It is hoped that the University graduates will be able to use their knowledge to lift the society off its problem in Science, e.g. technological backwardness, poor health delivery services, agricultural under production, environmental degradation, misapplication and/or under utilization of human and material resources, cultural disorientation etc.
To achieve these purposes and harness the large pool of qualified secondary school graduands and high caliber manpower in the environment of the University, the University will be conventional in scope and outlook covering wide areas of learning and research.
In totality, the mission of the University is to produce graduates who shall possess the following attributes:
Following the split of the former Anambra State into two States -Anambra and Enugu States, the Awka and Nnewi campuses of the former Anambra State University of Technology, were by the Anambra State Edict No 5 of November 26, 1991 constituted into Nnamdi Azikiwe University. The Edict upheld Awka and Nnewi as campuses of the University.
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