The first generation universities are the universities that were established before the end of the first republic in Nigeria. There are five institutions in this category namely University of Ibadan (UI), University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) and University of Lagos (UNILAG). Accreditation data obtained from the National Universities Commission (NUC) indicate that these universities have some of the highest number of accredited programs in Nigeria.
Among this generation of universities, UNN has the highest number of approved undergraduate courses. This institution (which became operational in 1960) currently has thirteen faculties and eighty nine accredited programs six of which are on interim basis. The Faculty of Education leads other faculties in this school with all its twenty six programs accredited.
Second on this list is the University of Lagos which has eighty five approved programs for undergraduates. It should be noted UNILAG was established by the federal government (not regional government) in 1962. Seventy five of the programs in this institution have full accreditation status. It is worthwhile to note that BIOLOGY as a course was closed and replaced with CELL BIOLOGY AND GENETICS in 2005.
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria currently has eighty one courses. ABU happens to be the first Nigerian institution to be named after a living person. It is important to note that this university was denied accreditation of its FINE ARTS program by the regulatory body in 2019.
The first Nigerian university, University of Ibadan has seventy nine accredited undergraduate programs at present. A close check on the archives of the institution revealed that UI closed its INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS program in 2015.
The first generation university with the lowest number of undergraduate academic programs at present is Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife). This university has seventy eight courses now with seventy three of them having full accreditation.
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