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History of

Borno State University

The noble idea to establish a State University in Borno State was first thought of by the administration of Sen. Ali Modu Sheriff which was actualized by Honorable Kashim Shettima, the former Executive Governor of Borno State 2011-2019. The Government clearly expressed its determination to provide sound and qualitative education in the state. It aimed at establishing a good tertiary institution for thousands of our Senior Secondary School Certificate holders at a time of stiff competition for admissions into institutions of higher learning to which Borno State is a catchment area and host community.

Appreciating the fact that the present number of Universities in the country can hardly accommodate more than 20% of the total number of candidates seeking admissions each year, particularly Borno State indigenes who have met the requirements for admission into universities were left roaming the streets, largely due to inadequate spaces in the existing universities. This situation readily called for the need to establish a state owned University in Borno State.

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff went further to constitute a Technical Committee for the establishment of the Borno State University, in Maiduguri under the Chairmanship of Late Professor Muhammad Nur Alkali. Hon. Kashim Shettima actualized the establishment of the Borno State University, by first signing the bill into law in 2012. He reactivated the Technical Committee after the demise of Professor Mohammed Nur Alkali, with Professor Abubakar Mustapha as Chairman in 2016. The University thereafter got its oparations approved by NUC in 2016. Hon Kashim Shettima in line with the Borno State University Law sought the approval of the Executive Council for the appointment of Principal Officers of the University with Professor Umar Kyari Sandabe as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor in March,2019.


The Mission of the Borno State University is to provide excellent, modem, free and dynamic environment and adequate facilities, conducive for training and research through its programs for students to acquire the right type of knowledge and skill of good quality that would enable them to be self- employable and that are relevant to the transformation and accelerated development of Borno State, Nigeria and the world in general.


The Vision of the Borno State University is to develop an institution of higher learning that shall be a Centre of Excellence in teaching, leaning and research where high quality University education is imparted to all without discrimination, for the rapid transformation of the communities.



The philosophy of the Borno State University is anchored on the principles of the universality of knowledge, freedom and service. The University shall be in character, a reservoir of knowledge derived from the experiences of its immediate environment, the Nation and the world at large. It shall be a center of attraction for all those in search of new ideas and the way forward for the society.