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University of Calabar

Region: Calabar Country: Nigeria

Vision of the University
Attainment and maintenance of the highest form of excellence in teaching, research and service, thereby becoming a leading light in Nigeria, the Continent and the world of excellence linking up with the latest scholarly developments, academic achievement, and technological breakthrough.

Mission of the University

An achievable mission for the University of Calabar, given its environment and circumstances, is clearly the provision of:

  • a conducive learning environment;
  • high quality learning that is accessible and affordable;
  • an attractive reward system for excellence in teaching, research, service to the community in the areas of Agriculture, Science, Medicine, Law, Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities
  • creativity and innovativeness;
  • the spirit of co-operation and team work while recognizing individual talent and achievement.

Philosophy of the University
The philosophy of the University of Calabar is to:
  • create a citizenry imbued with a high sense of duty and responsibility to the Nigerian Nation with character development receiving as much attention as academics.
  • establish a conducive campus atmosphere for the cultivation of healthy social interactions among groups from all parts of Nigeria and elsewhere.
  • make conscious use of local materials for instructional purposes in an effort to make her programme relevant to the needs of Nigeria.

Aims and Objectives
In line with the overall philosophy of Nigerian Education, the University of Calabar, a second generation university, aims at providing specialised manpower needed for nation building, promotion of economic and social well-being of the nation, self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

Specifically, the objectives of the University as stated in University of Calabar Decree No.80 28th September, 1979 are to:
  • encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity 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.
  • develop new science and technology related areas such as Forestry, Engineering and Marine Science as well as Dentistry.
  • encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavour.
  • relate its activities to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria.
  • encourage and promote greater access of women to all Faculties in the University.
  • mount and promote extension and consultancy services to embrace the immediate and farther communities around the University.
  • revamp and develop post graduate work that would broaden the areas in which such graduate students can be of better service to the Nation.
  • achieve and maintain staffing quotas in order to meet NUC Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) requirements and staff/student ratio guidelines.
  • undertake cost-recovery and cost-saving measures as a means of reducing direct cost of Government spending on the University and increase internally generated revenue percentage.
  • promote income-generating and fund-raising activities including endowment to supplement government funding.
  • redirect efforts in Internal administration of the University to encourage deserving staff at all levels to benefit from morale boosting incentives such as Staff Development Schemes, Conference and Workshop participation, Sabbatical and other leaves.
  • develop and improve campus facilities for sports, entertainment and other extra-curricular activities.
  • enhance the general outlook of the campus by re-planning trading posts (kiosks) to achieve a cleaner environment, controlled traffic and classroom facilities.
  • immediately decongest the Duke Town Campus.
  • put in place an efficient, reliable Security System which, among other things, shall monitor and control the movement of hawkers, traffic, activities around public halls, lecture rooms and Administrative buildings and offices.
  • undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of the highest standard.


University of Calabar grew out of the Calabar campus of University of Nigeria (UNN), Nigeria which began functioning during the 1973 academic session with 154 students and a small cadre of academic, administration and professional staff. In April 1975, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria announced that as part of the National Development Plan, seven new Universities were to be established at various locations in the country. The University of Calabar was one of the seven Universities set up under this programme.

Located in Calabar Municipal, an ancient city with a long tradition of culture and contact with western civilization, the already developed area of the University occupies a 17-hectare site on the eastern side of the town, between the Great Qua River and the Calabar River. Additional land has been acquired on both sides of the Great Qua River for the development of the University.

Academic activities actually commenced in the 1973/74 session, in what was then a Campus of the University Of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). However, the new autonomous institution started academic work with the faculties of Arts, Science and Social Science in October 1976 with an initial enrolment of 896 students. Of this number, 406 students were carried over from the University of Nigeria. The teaching, administrative and technical staff either transferred from the University of Nigeria (UNN) or newly recruited, numbered about 156. At the beginning of the 1977/78 academic year, the Department of Education, formerly a part of Faculty of Arts was upgraded to the faculty of Education.

In 1978/79 academic year, the College of Medical Sciences was added, while the Faculty of Law, established during the 1979/80 academic year began offering courses in October 1980. The Faculty of Agriculture was established during the 1980/81 academic year. Since then the University has been experiencing impressive growth.

The University has one Graduate School, ten Faculties, and three Institutes. These are: The Faculties of Agriculture, Arts, Education, Law, Management Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences, Allied Medical Sciences, Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Institute of Education, Institute of Oceanography and Institute of Policy and Administrative Studies. Academic programmes of the University aim at laying a sound and broad undergraduate foundation upon which further intellectual and professional pursuits can be based at the Graduate school level.

As any other University in the Country, the University of Calabar places great premium not only on learning, but also on character. The emphasis on character is to help provide the Nation with learned Nigerian Men and Women with a sense of responsibility, crying out against Machiavellianism, bribery, nepotism, and other forms of corruption. To encourage good character, the University established an annual Pro-Chancellor's Prize for the best behaved student of the graduating class.

As a Federal institution, the University strives to bring about an atmosphere conducive to patriotic interaction between people from all parts of the world including Nigerians from all States and language groups. Therefore, all States of the federation are represented in the student population of the Institution.

On academic programming, the University adopts a flexible and forward-looking attitude. Thus, from its inception, the University adopted the four-year integrated degree programme based on the semester, and course system in the Faculties. The University also makes conscious use of local materials for instructional purposes, in the sincere effort to make her programmes relevant to the needs of Nigeria. Though not responsible to Cross River State in which it is located, the University is responsive to the genuine aspirations and interests of her immediate community and interacts freely with that community through her programmes in Adult and Continuing Education, comprehensive health scheme, as well as symposia, seminars and workshops organized frequently on and off-campus.

University of Calabar Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • MBBS
  • Master Degree
  • PGD Nutrition and Food Science
  • PGD Physiology
  • PGD Applied Biochemistry
  • MS.C Environ. and Public Health Microbiology
  • MS.C Pharmacology
  • MS.C Physiology
  • MS.C Biochestry
  • MS.C Human Anatomy
  • MS.C Nutrition and Food Science
  • PGD Haematology
  • PGD Chemical Pathology
  • PGD Medical Microbiology/Parasitology
  • MS.Cepidemiology
  • MS.CChemical Pathology
  • MS.CHealth Services Management
  • MS.CMedical Microbiology and Parasitology
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • PH.D Environ. and Public Health Microbiology
  • PH.D Physiology
  • PH.D Nutrition and Food Science
  • PH.D Biochemistry
  • PH.D Pharmacology
  • PH.D Human Anatomy
  • PH.D Chemical Pathology

Public Health

  • Master Degree
  • MS.CPublic Health (MPH)
  • MS.CEnvironmental Health
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • PH.D Public Health

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HOD Agric Econs, University of Calabar (Dr. Angba Book Luanch)

HOD Agric Econs, University of Calabar (Dr. Angba Book Luanch) at 520Kolanut Conference and Events Centre, 5 Barracks Road, Calabar, Cross River.

Contact Details

Address: .M.B 1115, Calabar Municipal, Cross River State. Nigeria


(234) 070 55054173

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