Ahmadu Bello University




Zaria, Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria


13 Academic Faculties


82 Academic departments, Post-graduate school

Fields of study:

Arts, Environmental Design, Engineering, Social Sciences, Sciences


“The first duty of every university is the search for and the spread of knowledge and the establishment of the nation.”

Founded on October 4th, 1962, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) is West Africa’s largest university with 82 academic departments, 49,954 students, and 500,000 alumni. The University is also identified as a first-class Architecture School and innovator in Agricultural research.

Under the administration of current Vice-Chancellor Professor Ibrahim Garba, ABU now specializes in several programs including Sciences, Social sciences, Arts, Environmental Design, and Engineering. The University is ranked as the best for its unmatched expertise in Architecture and research in Agriculture. Over the course of its history, the University has nurtured two University Colleges- Abdullahi Bayero College (now Bayero University, Kano) and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa College (now Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University of Technology, Bauchi).

ABU has a large medical program with its own A.B.U Teaching Hospital recognized as one of the largest training hospitals in Nigeria and indeed Africa. There are currently 27 institutions, made up of Colleges of Education, Polytechnics, and Schools of Basic or Preliminary Studies affiliated with Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

Some of ABU’s notable alumni include the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido; Pro-Chancellor of Plateau University, Professor Muhammadu Attahiru Jega who was honored at the 2015 NHEF Awards Gala; Former President of Nigeria, Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR; Former Executive Director of World Bank, Mansur Mukhtar; and numerous Nigerian State Governors and Federal Ministers.

For more information, visit https://abu.edu.ng/