Igbinedion University, located in Okada, Edo State was founded in 1999, being one of the first private universities in Nigeria. The University was established by Sir Gabriel Osawuru Igbinedion (CFR), a philanthropist, billionaire and prominent chief in Benin.
The university population has grown rapidly due to the consistency in academic excellence as portrayed by its motto: “Knowledge & Excellence”. Over the years, a total of 12,364 graduates have been produced in various fields including Medicine (1,100), Law (2,000), Pharmacy (450), Nursing (200), Computer science (250), Engineering (1,400), Arts and Social sciences (3,000), Business Management Studies (900), among many others.
Igbinedion University offers undergraduate and graduate programmes accredited by National University Commission (NUC) and the relevant professional bodies, hence, the wide range of courses available in the institution, authenticity of certificates issued and the high quality of academic programmes offered by the institution.
Although, Igbinedion University is a new generation tertiary institution, compared to such foremost universities as University of Ibadan (UI), University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), it has proven beyond doubt that it is driven by the vision to provide quality education.
Since inception, the university has been at its peak and leading in many aspects including being the first University in Nigeria to have five of its graduates commissioned into the Nigerian Army in one set in the just concluded DIRECT SHORT SERVICE COMMISSION COURSE 23/2016, the first Nigerian University in the country to partner with the nation’s multi-billion dollar film industry, Nollywood, the first & only private university in Nigeria to graduate medical doctors since 2007, first private university in Nigeria whose graduate obtained First Class Honors at the Nigerian Law School (2005) and many other laudable achievements.
Igbinedion University, being an internationally competitive university, has recorded several landmark accomplishments. The university has bagged lots of awards and won in many national and international competitions it participated in. Recent of the many awards are; Winner of the National Debate Competitions including; Impact Africa 4th Inter- Tertiary Institutions Debate Competition in Africa, Cotonu, 2016; Winner, National Debate Society’s National Inter-Tertiary Institutions Debate Competition, OAU, Ife, February 2017; and 2nd & 3rd prize Winners, Impact Africa International Public Speaking Contest, Tema, Ghana, 2016. It is also a three-time consecutive Winner of African Petroleum Engineering students and Africa’s Representative at the Global Petro bowl Competition for Petroleum Engineers all over the world in Qatar 2014, Houston, Texas, USA 2015 and Dubai 2016.
The school owes its success to its large number of experienced and professional lecturers, smooth academic calendar, cutting-edge technology driven curriculum, a secure and comfortable environment, world class central library complex, its unrivalled e-library resources, highly sophisticated and intelligent ICT platform with homegrown CBT software for E-examinations, to mention a few.
Igbinedion University has also contributed in its own way to the development and growth of Nigeria’s education sector. The school has also played impressive roles in nation building and promoting national unity. It is one of the few schools that welcome students from all the 36 states and the FCT, irrespective of tribe, religion or political alliances. The institution also encourages the girl child education, thus, promoting gender equality, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set for 2030. In fact, reports claim 65% of the students are female. It is worth mentioning that the University pioneered Entrepreneurship in Nigerian University Sector and was also a pioneer In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
One can make bold to say that Igbinedion University is one of the most outstanding institutions of higher learning that exists in our nation. The records speak; among Notable Alumni produced by the University are Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo; Governor of Gombe State, Osagie Aivboraye; current Vice President of Bollywood industry in India and owner of a mobile app called AIV.COM, Kingsley Kuku; Former National Adviser, Niger Delta Affairs and so many others working in reputable firms and companies.
Story by Adamson Falilat