The University of Uyo, styled Uniuyo, is a third generation Federal university in Akwa Ibom State. The university was a conversion from the University of Cross River, Unicross, owned by the Old Cross River State that included present-day Cross River and Akwa Ibom States. The University became a Federally owned institution in 1991 and got christened its present name. In its nearly three decades in existence, the Uniuyo brand has remained a major player in the business of education. Here are five of some of the must-know facts about the institution.
1, the origin of the school dates back to the 1930s.
While Uniuyo was previously established in 1981 as the University of Cross River, the specific history of the school is dated back to a full generation before the independence of Nigeria. The school started in the 1930s as a practicing school; in the following decade, the school metamorphosed into a Teachers’ Training college. Another upgrade came a couple of years after independence when it became an Advanced Teachers’ College. In 1975, the school rose to the status of a College of Education.
The changes didn’t stop here, for in 1981 the then Cross River State government of Clement Isong envisioned a university for the state, the college of education came to mind. The University of Cross River was born and began academic activities in 1983. Even when Akwa Ibom State was created out of Cross River State in 1987, the university continued to be jointly owned by the two states.
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In 1991, a Federal government backed proposal desired to turn the school into a Federal University of Technology. It, however, changed its mind in the last breath and the school came under the control of the government in the centre as a conventional university, starting from the 1991/1992 academic session. While Uniuyo became a university in 1983, its foundation stone was laid nearly two generations back.
2, They have multiple campuses
It is not unusual for universities in Nigeria, and even elsewhere, to have more than one campus. In Nigeria, the more popular norm is for the university to run a temporary site and also a permanent site. Uniuyo is slightly unusual here as they run four campuses.
There is the Ime Umana Campus that accommodates pre-degree and other special programmes. The Annex Campus houses theGeneral Studies section and faculties of Law, Business Administration Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. The faculties of Art, Education, Pharmacy and Social Sciences are run in the Town Campus. The Main Campus which is the Permanent one is located in the centre of town and houses the administrative arms and the faculties of Natural and Applied Sciences and Engineering; it also accommodates other sections, notably the Postgraduate School.
3, They have an active alumni base
Every school in Nigeria as an alumni association but not every one of them can boast of an alumni association as strong as that of Uniuyo. They have annual alumni meetings where they sing their much-cherished “Oh great Tuskers” solidarity anthem. They have an account buoyant enough to award scholarships for students and to award contracts to build a library, alumni guest house etc.
4, Even their website win awards
The University of Uyo is an award-winning institution. They have the distinction of winning an award for their website. Or, rather, their website won an award for them. The Nigerian Internet Registration Agency (NIRA) in charge of the supervision of web domain and web host sites in Nigeria, and the chief database carrier of .NG web names, gives out awards, annually, to sites carrying the .NG domain name. Categories they award include .NG Company of the Year, Best banking Website, Best E-payment Website, Startup Company of the Year.
Uniuyo’s website in 2017 won the Best Tertiary Institution Website/Portal Award, an award Unilag won the previous year.
5, Ime Bishop Umoh is a graduate of the school.
The popular comedian, whose on-screen brilliance has earned the name Okon, is a graduate of the University of Uyo where he earned a degree in Philosophy. Bishop is more than just an entertainer, he is equally a politician, becoming one in 2016 when he accepted Governor Udom Emmanuel’s appointment as the special assistant on Ethical and Social Reorientation. Okon got married to his wife, Idara Saviour, in 2013.
Another notable graduate of Uniuyo is the actress Ini Edo who graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts.