The University of Uyo was founded in 1991 by the Federal Government of Nigeria. At the time, there existed in Uyo the University of Cross River State which was established in 1981 by the then Cross River State Government. In 1987 Akwa Ibom State with headquarters at Uyo was created out of the Cross River State and from that time up to the time of Federal Government take-over in 1991, the University was jointly owned by Akwa Ibom and Cross River State Governments.

When first proposed by the President, and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, the University was to be a Federal University of Technology (FUT) and the Campus of the University of Cross River State at Uyo was to be the nucleus of the proposed University.

Following representations and series of implementation strategy meetings, it was finally resolved by a letter dated 24th September 1991 that “the Federal Government has decided that University of Cross Rivers State should be converted into a Conventional University instead of a FUT”. Academic activities commenced in 1991/92 session.

What is today called the University of Uyo has a humble but unique historical metamorphosis. The campus where the University of Uyo is situated started in the 1930’s as a practising school and became a Teacher Training College in the 1940’s. It was upgraded to Advanced Teachers’ Training College in the 1960’s.

In 1975, it became a College of Education and was converted to the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) in 1983. In 1991, the erstwhile University of Cross River State assumed a new status and nomenclature called the University of Uyo, a Federal University. It is a citadel of learning, research and community development.

The University is located in the heart of Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Uyo is accessible by road and there are two International Airport within 100km radius – the Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Calabar, Cross River State and the Ibom International Airport in Uyo,Akwa Ibom State.

The University runs a multi-campus system namely: The Main Campus, the Town Campus and Annex Campus, the College of Health Sciences Campus and the Ime Umanah Campus.

Though a third generation University in Nigeria, the University of Uyo is competing favourably with most first-generation Universities in Nigeria and has recorded various strides.

Core Values

Faith in God
Academics Excellence in Teaching and Research
Institutional Autonomy
Academic Freedom
Peer and Professional Review
Qualitative Service Delivery
Strong Work Ethics
Equal Opportunity
Creativity and Innovation
Transparency and Accountability
Peace and Orderliness.


Provision of higher educational opportunities for the people of Nigeria as well as others who seek and can attain self-fulfillment through higher education and learning.
Promotion and enhancement of the talents and skills in all fields of human endeavour particularly those relating to science, technology, industry, agriculture and the humanities.

Equipping its students with the knowledge and skills Necessary for them to be able to participate at all levels, in every aspect of the life of the nation including technological, political, social, economic and cultural; and provision of education for responsible and responsive leadership.
Promoting the development of the nation in all aspects and contributing to national integration, and development and self-reliance.

Cooperating with and assisting various departments of government in their programmes for the development of’ the nation.
Promoting research as service to society in finding solutions to its problems, and also as a means of enhancing intellectual development and confidence.
Enhancing excellence in teaching, learning and public Services.


To foster the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, sex or political conviction, the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education.
To provide course of instruction and other faculties 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.
To relate its activities to the social and economic needs of the people of Nigeria.
To undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of the highest standard


To be a centre of academic excellence by utilizing the available human and technological resources for teaching, research, community service and sustainable development.


To diligently pursue scholarship and deploy its output for human capacity development and economic growth in the society, with active participation in Information and Communication Technology, sensitivity to Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage and responsiveness to global environmental changes.


  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Clinical Sciences
  • Faculty of education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Communication and Media Studies
  • Faculty of Vocational Education


  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Basic Medical Science
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Clinical Science
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Environmental Studies
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Science
  • Faculty of Communication and Media Studies
  • Faculty of Vocational Education