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The University of Benin was founded in 1970. It started as an Institute of Technology and was accorded the status of a full-fledged University by National Universities Commission (NUC) on 1 July 1971. In his Budget Speech in April 1972, the then Military Governor of Mid-Western State, Col. S. O. Ogbemudia (then also Visitor to the University) formally announced the change of the name of the Institute of Technology to the University of Benin. Optometry program was also founded (established) within the Faculty of Science in 1972 under the headship of Dr.Paul Ogbuehi (department of Physics).

By 1976, Optometry program in UNIBEN had on its faculty qualified professional with practice licences from Canada, England, and United States of America. The program had a faculty-student ratio of 2:1, many from College of Medicine and Medical Sciences earned its accredited On 1 April 1975 the University at the request of the State Government, was taken over by the Federal Government and became a Federal University.


The following are latest updates from the University Of Benin (UNIBEN):

UNIBEN Calls Back 5 Rusticated Students After Successful Appeal

According to media reports, the University of Benin (UNIBEN) has announced that it has recalled five students recently rusticated for their roles in the Nov. 23, 2017 students’ protest. The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Faraday Orumwunse, said it was difficult to understand why the students’ union would call for a protest within 24 ...

February 14, 2018
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