- The vision of the University of Ibadan is:
- To expand the frontiers of knowledge and transform the society through innovation.
- Towards the actualization of the above vision, the mission of the University is:
- To be a world class institution where conditions for learning are excellent, research and services are outstanding, and where staff and students are worthy in character and sound judgment.
The University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university was established in 1948 as a college of the University of London, on the recommendation of the Asquith and Elliot Commissions on Higher Learning in the British colonies in West Africa. The then University College was first located at the 56th Military General Hospital, about eight kilometers from the present location of the University of Ibadan. A total number of 104 students, including 3 females, began to receive lectures as pioneering students on January 18, 1948. The student population has ever since then been increasing annually, from 1,000 in 1958 to over 17,303 full time students in the 2003/2004 session.
The high level of academic standards maintained by the University of Ibadan, which has enabled her to produce world-class scholars, is acknowledged worldwide. For instance, the University was acclaimed a Centre of Excellence for Medicine and Neuroscience's in 1978 and 1985 respectively. The University of Ibadan is also WHO’s Centre for Virology Research and Diagnosis as well as IAEA Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Radio Photos and Immunoassay. In addition to being a recipient of the UNESCO chair in Adult Education and Shell Petroleum Development Corporation chair in Petroleum Engineering, the University has produced most of the current teaching and non-teaching staff in Nigerian universities, while some full-fledged universities like Ilorin and Jos started off as campuses of the University of Ibadan.