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The establishment of the university through a Law of 2000 is no doubt a significant turning-point in the educational, indeed socio-economic history of Bayelsa State in particular and Nigeria in general.
The university, which started academic activities in the 2001/2002 session, had its pioneer set of graduating students in the 2004/2005 academic year. Although, the student population was only 1,039 at inception, this has increased to over 10,000 in 2009/2010 session. Given the fact that the university maintains the quota provided by the National Universities Commission (NUC), it may continue to be a relatively small but efficient one. There has also been a signification increase in the number of academic and non-teaching staffs. Given the initial dearth of experienced academic staff, the pool of retired staff from other universities has been a significant source of such staffs.
The university is located in Wilberforce Island, about 32km from the state capital, Yenagoa, and is made up of three campuses; the Gloryland campus (main campus), the College of Health Sciences campus and the temporary campus of the Faculty of Law in Yenagoa. A new campus, which is really an extension of the Gloryland campus, is being developed...... read more