The University of Benin, UNIBEN, is one of the first generation of Federal Government universities in Nigeria. It has two campuses: Ekenwan and Ugbowo campuses, both located in Benin.
Founded in 1970, UNIBEN started as an Institute of Technology. However, it was accorded a full-fledged university status by the National Universities Commission, NUC, on July 1, 1971, and its name was subsequently changed to reflect its new status as the University of Benin.
The university runs courses at various levels, including postgraduate, undergraduate, diploma and certificate programmes.
However, based on the approval of Federal Government in 2006, UNIBEN started the College of Petroleum and Gas Engineering at Effurum, near Warri, Delta State.
The university is in collaboration with many renowned universities in the world and distinguished local and international organisations, including USAID, Ford Foundation, United Negro College Fund, UNCF, and Raw Materials Research & Development Council of Nigeria, RMRDC.
In 1985, UNIBEN made history by appointing the first female Vice Chancellor in Nigeria, Professor Grace Alele-Williams. She served as the vice chancellor of the university until 1991.