Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) is a federal university of technology located in Bauchi, northeast Nigeria. The university is named after the first and only Prime Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The motto of the university is “Doctrina Mater Artium”, which means “Education is the mother of the practical arts”.
The university was established in 1980 as the Federal University of Technology, Bauchi. The institution’s first students were admitted in October 1981 for pre-degree and remedial programmes while the degree courses of the School of Science and Science Education began in October 1982. On 1 October 1984, the university was merged with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria with a change of name to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College, Ahmadu Bello University, Bauchi campus. The university regained its autonomous status in 1988 following a general demerger of such institutions. This was followed by a change of name to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi.
The academic pattern of the university was formulated in 1980 after consultation with subject experts from Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The curriculum adopted was applied in nature, as suited to a technologically based institution, and this theme is maintained in all the units of the university.
The university offers degrees through seven schools: the School of Engineering, Science, Environmental Technology, Agriculture, Management Technology, the School of Technology Education, and the College of Medical Sciences. It offers entry-level bachelor’s degrees and both Masters and Doctorate degrees. Each school is headed by a Dean/Provost who reports directly to the Vice-Chancellor. The Vice-Chancellor is the executive head of the university. The Vice-Chancellor is appointed by the Federal Ministry of Education on recommendation by the Governing Council of the University.
The University Library was established in 1981 to support the teaching, learning, and research process with over 1000 seating capacity, 161,672 volumes of books, 3442 journal titles, and serial titles of 2117. The virtual library has more than 50 computers that are internet networked with KOHA as its software for its day-to-day operation. the university library purchased subscribed databases and also free access to some which are HINARI, AGTORA and ESBCOHOST, etc.
To become a centre of excellence for the creation, transfer, and application of scientific knowledge for the advancement of
mankind in a friendly, interactive, and multi-cultural environment.
To provide relevant and high quality education and prepare individuals for work, leadership, and meaningful life, through the promotion of research, teaching, development, and testing of ideas in order to advance understanding and quality of life.
The Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi is committed to academic freedom, tolerance, probity, equal opportunity and
respect for cultural diversity.