Compiled by Leke Beecroft
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
The Church has consistently played her role as the source of light in the nation. Despite hues and cries about the emergence of private universities, it is an irony that most public universities are presently on strike while church owned ones are functional. Presently some of the best universities in the nation are run by churches. They can only get better. The impact of Christian universities are not readily apparent at the moment; however I make bold to say that in a decade from now, the gap would have been clear and the difference between the church owned and other universities would have been widened in favour of the Church.
Universities need adequate funding in order to be maintained and carry out research activities among others. Presently most public universities are grappling with these so much that there are plans to increase public university fees to about N250,000 per student while provision would now be made for student loans to be repaid at 5 per cent interest. This was the very reason church owned universities were criticized from the onset.
There are presently a total of 79 approved private universities out of a total 169 universities in Nigeria, 39 of which are church owned/affiliated. A further 15 are in different stages that would lead to approval.
We present a comprehensive report of the Church owned universities and their proprietors in Nigeria as at today.
1. Babcock University-7th Day Adventist
2. Madonna University-Rev Fr Ede
3. Bowen University-Nigerian Baptist Convention
4. Covenant University-World Mission Agency (WMA) of the Living Faith Church.
5. Benson Idahosa University-Church of God Mission
6. Redeemers University of Nations-Redeemed Christian Church of God
7. Ajayi Crowther University-Anglican Communion of Nigeria
8. Caritas University-Rev Fr Ede
9. Gregory University Uturu (Catholic Church)
10. Bingham University-Evangelical Churches Winning All (ECWA)
11. Crawford University-Apostolic Faith Mission
12. Joseph Ayo Babalola University-Christ Apostolic Church
13. Salem University-Foundation Faith Church
14. Tansian University-Rev Msgr John Bosco Akam
15. Catholic University of Nigeria(Veritas)-Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria
16. Wesley University of Science and Technology-Methodist Church Nigeria
18. St Paul’s University College-Anglican Convention(Eastern Nigeria)
19. Rhema University-Living Word Ministries
20. Bishop Godfrey Okoye University-Catholic Dioecese of Enugu
21. Obong University-Church of Christ Nigeria
22. University of Mkar-Church of Christ in Sudan among the Tivs (NKST)
23. Pan African University-Opus Dei
24. Landmark University-WMA of the Living Faith Church
25. Samuel Adegboyega University-The Apostolic Church
26. McPherson University-Foursquare Gospel Church
27. Adeleke University-Sen Adeleke
28. Evangel University-Assemblies of God, Nigeria
29. Mountain Top University-Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries
30. Anchor University-Deeperlife Bible Church
31. Kings University(Land of Dreams)-Kingsway International Christian Centre
32. Precious Cornerstone University-Sword of the Spirit Ministries
33. Hezekiah University-Living Christ Mission
34. St Augustine University-Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
35. Clifford University, Owerrinta, Abia-Seventh Day Adventist
36. Dominican University, Ibadan-Order of Preachers, Nigerian Dominican Community (Catholic).
37. Spiritan University Nneochi, Abia State-the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East (Catholic).
38. Dominion University, Ibadan, Oyo State. Victory International Church (Rehoboth Cathedral).
39. Trinity University-Babawande Majekodunmi.
AWAITING LICENSE/PROPOSED CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITIES as at Jan 2019
40. WEBIC University-The Word Evangelical Bible Church
41. Monarch University-Christ Royal Family International
42. Proposed University-WMA of the Living Faith Church
43. CROWN University-WMA of the Living Faith Church
44. Proposed University-Daystar Christian Centre
45. Moses Orimolade University-Cherubim and Seraphim
46. Proposed University-Fountain of Life Church
47. Proposed University-Christian Pentecostal Mission
48. Victory University-Cherubim and Seraphim
49. Zion University-Dr Akin Olowokere
50. Pacesetters University-Salvation Ministries
51. CHOSEN University-The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Renewal Ministries
52. Rock University-Watchman Catholic Charismatic Ministries
53. Proposed University-House on the Rock
54. TWBC University-The Word Bible Church