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About University of Calabar (UNICAL): Vision, Mission and Philosophy



The University of Calabar (UNICAL) – is a university situated in Calabar, Cross River State, south-south Nigeria. It is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities. It is located at Leopad Town, Calabar.

The University of Calabar, fondly called ‘UNICAL’ by students and staffs was established in 1975 by the Federal Military Government of Nigeria. It was Initially a Calabar campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, but ceased to be a campus after its pronouncement as a Federal University. UNICAL is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities and currently has a Graduate school, ten Faculties, and three Institutes.

UNICAL Postgraduate Admission List (1st and 2nd Batch), 2017/2018

Academic programmes of the University are aimed at laying a sound and a broad undergraduate foundation upon which further intellectual and professional pursuits can be based at the Graduate school level. Hence, the University offers accredited programmes or courses leading to officially recognized degrees such as bachelors, masters and postgraduate degrees in several disciplines.

Built to fulfill its motto ‘Knowledge for Service’, placing a great premium on learning and character; UNICAL is currently ranked as the 48th best University in Nigeria.  

Recommended: List of Courses Offered at UNICAL

Vision of the University of Calabar (UNICAL)

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.

Also See: UNICAL Post UTME and Admission Requirements

Mission of the University of Calabar (UNICAL)

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.

Also See: UNICAL School Fees

Philosophy of the University of Calabar (UNICAL)

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.

Also See: UNICAL Postgraduate Admission

Aims and Objectives of University of Calabar (UNICAL)

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.


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