Nigeria’s South East Nigeria (Igboland) is a region. The states that make up this region are Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo.
The area is also referred to as a commercial and trading zone because it is home to small and medium-sized indigenous businesses that provide goods and services. Yam, cassava, rice, cocoyam, etc. are the primary agricultural products of the region.
Despite being the smallest geographical region, Nigeria’s economy largely benefits from the South East’s oil and natural gas reserves as well as its expanding industrialized sector. 22 million people live in the region, which accounts for nearly 10% of the nation’s total population.
The two most populated cities in Nigeria are Aba and Enugu, which are also the tenth and fourteenth most populous cities overall. Other significant cities in the southeast include Onitsha, Umuahia, Owerri, Nnewi, Awka, and Abakaliki (in order of population).
With the largest percentage of graduates, Imo State is one of Nigeria’s most educated states. Prestigious educational institutions such the Technological Skills Acquisition Institute, Orlu, the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, and the Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri are located there.
There are numerous top educational institutions that are both privately held and owned by the federal government.
The top five ranked universities in the Southeast will be listed in this article. This is not to say that others are not excellent; our content will be based on research and the bulk of reviews.
1. University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN)
The University of Nigeria, sometimes known as UNN, is a federal institution of higher learning that is situated in Nsukka, Enugu State, in the eastern portion of Nigeria.
The University of Nigeria, established by Nnamdi Azikiwe in 1955 and formally inaugurated on October 7, 1960, comprises three campuses in Enugu State—Nsukka, Enugu, and Ituku-Ozalla—as well as the Aba campus in Abia State.
The Institution of Nigeria, which is modeled after the American educational system, is the country’s first fully autonomous and indigenous university.
One of the top five colleges in Nigeria, it was the first land-grant institution in Africa. The institution contains 102 academic departments and 15 faculties. The university provides 211 postgraduate programs in addition to 108 undergraduate programs.
If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, the university would have celebrated its 60th anniversary in October 2020 instead of its 50th anniversary in October 2010.
The National Universities Commission(NUC) has listed some of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka’s recognized associate institutes below;
Assemblies of God Divinity School, Old Umuahia
College Of Education, Ikere-Ekiti (Regular)
College of Education, Nsugbe
Digital Bridge Institute, Abuja
Spiritan International School of Theology, Attakwu, Enugu
Spiritan School of Philosophy, Issienu, Nsukka
St. Paul’s College, Awka
Trinity Theological College, Umuahia
West Africa Theological Seminary, Ipaja, Lagos
Yaba College of Technology Lagos.
One of Nigeria’s top universities, University of Nigeria (UNN), offers more than 110 degree programs.
The acceptance fee for the UNN is 30,000 naira. It is the sum of money you must pay the University of Nigeria in order for them to approve your application.
Faculties in UNN are;
Basic Medical Sciences
2. Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK/NAU)
A federal institution in Nigeria is Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, often known as UNIZIK or NAU in short.
It has two campuses in the state of Anambra. Its secondary campus is at Nnewi, while the primary campus is in Awka. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, has more campuses.
The principle on which Nnamdi Azikiwe University was formed is that information should be shared and distributed to everyone without restriction or impediment.
The demands of Nigerian society and global society more broadly would serve as the foundation for teaching and research. Here, the future starts.
Faculties in Nnamdi Azikiwe University are;
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
Faculty of Biosciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Management Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Faculty of Physical Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences
UNIZIK Campuses are;
Ifite Ogwari Campus
During the 2004–2005 academic year, there were 24,706 regular students enrolled at the university and 12,476 participants in the part-time program. There are 57 departments and 14 faculties overall at UNIZIK.
It is one of the federal universities under the National Universities Commission’s supervision and accreditation. The university bears Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe’s name, who passed away.
The Academic Personnel Union of Universities represents the university’s academic staff (ASUU). Like other donors, the staff union is well renowned for offering scholarships to deserving students.
There are approximately 34,000 students enrolled there. The university’s three campuses are in Nnewi (NAUTH and Okofia), Agulu, and the main campus is along the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway in Awka (Faculty of Pharmacy).
3. Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, (MOUAU)
The Federal Government of Nigeria established the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), formerly known as the Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, as a specialized university by Decree No. 48 of the second of November 1992.
The official activities started in May 1993 with the appointment of Professor Placid C. Njoku as the first Vice-Chancellor and Council on May 27. Other important university officials were appointed later.
About 9 kilometers from Umuahia town, the seat of Abia State, the institution is situated in Umudike, a renowned center for agricultural training and research.
The Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene Federal Road, a direct route to the State capitals of Abia, Akwa-Ibom, and Cross River, is the main access road to the university.
The University is connected to most regions of the nation via a significant North-South Express Road because it is close to Umuahia.
It started operating from the former Federal College of Agriculture, Umudike’s facilities (At present the Federal College of Agriculture has been moved to Ishiagu, Ebonyi state).
On May 3, 1993, when the university enrolled its first students, MOUAU officially began. Only eighty-two (82) students were registered to pursue various programmes of study at this point in the institution’s history.
This number is significantly different from recent statistics, which estimate the student population at the Continuing Education Center to be approximately twenty-seven thousand, seven hundred and fifty (27,750) undergraduates, four thousand, five hundred and ninety-eight (4,598) postgraduates, and six thousand, seven hundred and thirty (6,730) part-time students (CEC).
Approximately 39,000 students are enrolled in Michael Okpara University of Agriculture in Umudike as of this writing (30,078). About eleven colleges, fifty departments, two schools, and sixteen directorates make up the university.
As a university of distinction, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike aspires to assist the people of Nigeria and beyond by disseminating practical information for agricultural transformation in order to attain sustainable food production.
Professor Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe is our current vice chancellor. As the sixth substantive Vice-Chancellor of the university, he succeeded the (LATE)Prof. Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta.
He is a distinguished professor at the university’s Department of Food Science and Technology (FST).In addition, he is a professor of food science and technology and a former dean of the university’s academic division. On March 1, 2021, a Tuesday, he took office.
The University is incredibly well-endowed with highly skilled labor and land, which is the primary resource for agricultural development. Therefore, it has limitless potential for growth in order to realize its ideal of knowledge, food, and security.
Large tracts of land are owned by the university in Umudike, Uzuakoli, Olokoro, and Ibeku.
The possibility of acquiring more property is endless because these communities are prepared to offer more land for growth and research, which is recognized by the University’s friendly relationship with them and her local farmer-oriented programs.
4. Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO)
The First Executive President of Nigeria, Shehu Shagari, formed and appointed the first provisional Council in 1980, establishing FUTO as the Oldest University of Technology in Nigeria.
It eventually became the first of three such universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria, which aimed to create a University of Technology in each geopolitical zone and in particular in a State without a traditional university.
FUTO welcomed personnel and students on November 28, 1980, on the grounds of the Old Government Technical College (GTC).The Imo State government authorized a permanent location for the University in January 1982.
To create the University’s physical layout, FUTO hired the consulting company Messrs Concarplan – Enplan Group.
The National Universities Commission recommended that a minimum area of 10,000 acres (4,048 hectares) be obtained based on the location, the relative lack of human settlements in the area, and other relevant factors. The site was chosen because it was located 25 kilometers south of Owerri.
Located in Owerri, Imo State, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) is a renowned university in Nigeria.
In Nigeria’s south-east and south-south, it is the top federal university of technology. Highly skilled personnel and land, which is the main resource for agricultural development, are exceptionally well-endowed at the university.
It therefore has an infinite capacity for development in order to achieve its ideal of knowledge, sustenance, and security. The university owns substantial parcels of land in Umudike, Uzuakoli, Olokoro, and Ibeku.
These communities are willing to provide more land for development and research, which is evidenced by the University’s cordial relationship with them and her locally focused programs.
As a result, the opportunity to acquire more property is limitless.Over 50 professors work at FUTO. Professor Nnenna Nnannaya Oti is the vice chancellor at the moment.
FUTO has 7 different colleges and they include;
School Of Environmental Sciences, School Of Health.,School Of Management And Management Technology.
The Departments include;
Agricultural and Bio-Resources Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Food Science Technology, Material and Metallurgical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Polymer and Textile Engineering.
5. Godfrey Okoye University (GOU)
Leading private university in southeast Nigeria, Godfrey Okoye University, strives for excellence in instruction, learning, and research.
For the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, the Very Reverend Father Professor Dr. Christian Anieke founded Godfrey Okoye University (GO University) in 2009.
The National Universities Commission (NUC), which granted the university its functioning license on November 3, 2009, is a part of the Nigerian Catholic Diocese of Enugu.
It is the first institution in Africa that is owned by a Catholic diocese.By the end of 2012, 1,200 students had been admitted to the institution, which had 215 students when it opened in 2009.
A week-long schedule of events was launched by GOU on December 1 to mark its first convocation. On December 7, 2013, 100 students received bachelor’s degrees during the closing ceremony.
The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities includes GOU as a member (CVC).
Godfrey Okoye University dedicates itself to impart quality education aimed at inculcating in students strong personality that will ensure the promotion of religious, cultural and epistemological dialogue.
The vision of Godfrey Okoye University is to produce graduates who would be outstanding in learning, balanced in character, personality and ready to pursue epistemic unity in all its ramification.
The philosophy of Godfrey Okoye University is based on the nature of human being as a social being and a dialogue seeking being. From this point of view the university understands education as a dialogical process of acquisition and dissemination of knowledge.
Faculties in Godfrey Okoye University includes;
Faculty of Management and Social Sciences Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences Faculty of Education
Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Law.
Dr. Christian Anieke, Eb. (Mitterkirchen/Austria) is a professor of English. He is the founder and current Vice Chancellor of Godfrey Okoye University (the University of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu).
There are a lot of other universities in the Southeast, including FUNAI and EBSU in Ebonyi, ABSU in Abịa, ESUT in Enugu and many more. The five listed above, are just the top ranked.
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