|Motto||In deed and In truth|
|Type||Public research university|
|Chancellor||Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar IBN Umar Garbai El-Kanemi, The Shehu of Borno|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe|
|Colors||Gold and maroon|
|Sports||Football and gymnastics|
|Global – Overall|
|CWUR World||1944 (2020)|
|THE World||601–800 (2021)|
|Regional – Overall|
|THE Africa||20 (2019)|
|National – Life sciences and medicine|
|USNWR Medical||2 (2020)|
The University of Lagos, popularly known as UNILAG, is a public research university in Lagos, Nigeria. It is one of the five first generation universities in Nigeria and was founded in 1962. It is ranked among the top universities in the world in major education publications. The University presently has three Campuses in the Mainland of Lagos. Whereas two of its Campuses are located in Yaba (the main campus in Akoka and the recently created campus at the former School of Radiography), its College of Medicine is located in Idi-Araba, Surulere. Its main campus is largely surrounded by the Lagos lagoon and has 802 acres of land. The University of Lagos currently[when?] admits over 9,000 Undergraduate students annually and enrolls over 57,000 students.
The university has educated many notable alumni, eminent scientists, politicians, lawyers, business icons, writers, entertainers, monarchs, countless technocrats, recipients of the Nigerian National order of merit, Fellows of the various learned Academies. As of September 2020, one Nobel laureate and one Pulitzer prize laureate have been affiliated with University of Lagos as students, alumni, faculty, or staff.
Eni Njoku was appointed as the first black Vice-Chancellor of the University, in 1962. He remained in office till 1965, when he was later replaced by Saburi Biobaku. However, due to controversy surrounding his appointment, Saburi was stabbed by Kayode Adams, a student radical who believed Biobaku's appointment was unfair and ethnically motivated.
Academics and research
The university has remained one of the most competitive in the country in terms of admissions. With approximately 57,000 students as of 2013, the University of Lagos has one of the largest student populations of any university in the country. The University of Lagos is one of the twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.
A recent publication of Forbes magazine ranked the school as the 3rd best university in Africa for entrepreneurship after University of Cape Town and Makariere University, tagging University of Lagos the “startup powerhouse” college for Nigerian students.
The university has been called "the University of First Choice and the Nation's Pride." The university's research activity was one of the major criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in adjudging the university as the best university in Nigeria at the Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA) in 2008.
The University of Lagos College of Medicine is associated with Lagos University Teaching Hospital. On the 29th of June, 2020, the university received robots,CRZR, from platform capital as a donation to fight the spread of COVID-19.
The university comprises the following:
|Faculty of Arts|
|Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences|
|Faculty of Management Sciences|
|Faculty of Clinical Sciences|
|Faculty of Dental Sciences|
|Faculty of Education|
|Faculty of Engineering|
|Faculty of Environmental Sciences|
|Faculty of Law|
|Faculty of Social Science|
|Faculty of Science|
|Faculty of Pharmacy|
Affiliate Institutes and Colleges
- College of Medicine (CMUL)
- Distant Learning Institute
- Institute of Continuing Education
- Confucius Institute
- Entrepreneurship and Skill development centre (ESDC)
- Institute of Maritime Studies
- Institute of Africa and Diaspora Studies
- School of Postgraduate Studies (SPGS)
- School of Foundation Studies
- University of Lagos Business School (ULBS)
- International School Lagos (ISL)
An educationally-focused radio station, Unilag FM, is supported by the university and broadcasts throughout Lagos. The station uses the slogan: "Expanding the frontiers of knowledge." It was established in 2004. Unilag operates on the FM 103.1 (MHz) frequency. The radio station is the first campus radio to receive a licence and the first to go on air in 2004.
Administration and Leadership
The current principal members of the university administration and their positions are as follows:
|Visitor||President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari|
|Pro-Chancellor & Chairman||Dr. Wale Babalakin (Resigned)|
|Chancellor||His Royal Highness, The Shehu of Borno, Alhaji (Dr.) Abubakar IBN Umar Garbai El-Kanemi|
|Vice-Chancellor||Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics & Research)||Professor Oluwole Familoni|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Management Services)||Professor Emukufia A. Oghojafor|
|Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development Services)||Professor Folashade Ogunsola|
|Registrar||Mr. Ismaila Oladejo Azeez|
|Bursar||Mr. Nurudeen Olalekan Ajani Lawal|
|University Librarian||Dr. (Mrs.) Yetunde Abosede Zaid|
Halls of Residence
- Queen Amina Hall (Female)
- Professor Saburi Biobaku Hall (Male)
- Eni-Njoku Hall (Male)
- Honors Hall (Female)
- King Jaja Hall (Male)
- Kofoworola Aina Ademola Hall (Female)
- Fagunwa Hall (Female)
- Madam Tinubu Hall (Female)
- Makama Bida Hall (Female)
- Mariere Hall (Male)
- Moremi Hall (Female)
- Sodeinde Hall (Male)
- Sodeinde Hall
- Erastus Akingbola Hall
- Henry Carr Hall
- Kwaku Adadevoh Hall
Notable alumni, faculty and staff
- Wole Soyinka
- Grace Alele-Williams
- J. P. Clark
- Olufemi Majekodunmi
- Marita Golden
- Oyeleye Oyediran
- Lazarus Ekwueme
- Ken Saro Wiwa
- Solomon Babalola
- Akinsola Olusegun Faluyi
Amongst the alumni of the University of Lagos, Akoka and other institutions that fall under that banner are:
- Wande Abimbola, Yoruba Professor
- Niyi Adebayo, first Executive Governor of Ekiti State and current minister of Industry, Trade and Investment
- Enoch Adeboye, professor and clergyman
- Olamilekan Adegbite, minister of Mines and Steel Development
- Wale Adenuga, publisher and film producer
- Kunle Adeyemi, Principal of NLÉ, an Architecture, Design and Urbanism Firm, Amsterdam
- Francis Agu, actor
- Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, Activist, CNN Heroes Top 10 Awardee for 2018
- Fabian Ajogwu, lawyer and SAN
- Lola Akande, author and academic
- Funke Akindele, award-winning actress and producer
- Rilwan Akiolu, current Oba of Lagos
- Mary Akpobome, director of Heritage Banking Company Limited of Nigeria (HBCL)
- Yemi Alade, award-winning Musician
- Akinwunmi Ambode, former Governor of Lagos State
- Daré Art-Aladé, singer
- Emilia Asim-Ita, co founder of The Future Awards Africa.
- Regina Askia-Williams, nurse practitioner, actress, and former Miss Unilag
- Bolanle Austen-Peters, lawyer and businesswoman
- Adewale Ayuba, Singer
- Wale Babalakin, lawyer and businessman
- Akin Babalola Kamar Odunsi, Politician and businessman
- eLDee, former Nigerian-American rapper, singer and record producer
- Teju Babyface, Comedian
- Reekado Banks, singer and songwriter
- Philip Begho, writer
- Stella Damasus, actress and singer
- Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State
- Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, former Governor of Gombe State
- Ousainou Darboe, current Gambian Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Fola David, medical doctor and visual artist
- Denrele Edun, Award-winning radio and television personality
- Ufuoma Ejenobor, Actor and model
- Grace Ekpiwhre, former Minister of Science and Technology
- Tony Elumelu, economist, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Obiageli Ezekwesili, Accountant, Politician
- Lekan Fatodu, journalist and politician
- Kayode Fayemi, current Governor of Ekiti State and former Minister of Solid Minerals Development
- Femi Gbajabiamila, lawyer, lawmaker and current Speaker of Nigeria's 9th House of Representatives
- IllRymz, musician, radio and television personality
- Chude Jideonwo, Lawyer, Journalist and Media Entrepreneur
- Adetokunbo Kayode, Nigerian corporate lawyer, tax expert and international arbitrator, former Minister of Labour, Minister of Justice, Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation
- Matilda Kerry-Osazuwa, founder of the George Kerry Life Foundation, doctor and former MBGN
- Laycon, rapper, singer and songwriter, winner Big Brother Naija season 5
- Kaycee Madu, Nigerian-Canadian lawyer and current Minister of Justice and Solicitor General of Alberta
- George Magoha, surgeon and academic
- Seyi Makinde, electrical engineer, businessman and current Governor of Oyo State
- Toke Makinwa, Award-winning radio and television personality
- Bekeme Masade-Olowola, social entrepreneur
- Mayorkun, award-winning Musician
- Oliver Mbamara, Lawyer, Film maker
- Ufuoma McDermott, model and actress
- Lai Mohammed, lawyer and current Minister of Information and Culture
- Ifeanyi Chudy Momah Lawyer and Legislator
- John Momoh, Chairman, Channels Television Group
- Genevieve Nnaji, award-winning actress, director and producer
- Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education
- Titilola Obilade, medical doctor
- Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, current Nigerian Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development
- Babatunde Ogunnaike, engineering professor
- Ikedi Ohakim, Politician and former governor of Imo state
- Bayo Ojo, SAN and former Attorney General of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
- Habeeb Okunola, business man and philanthropist
- Wole Olanipekun, lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria
- Dele Olojede, Journalist, 1st African born winner of the Pulitzer Prize
- Simbo Olorunfemi, Poet, Journalist and Television producer
- Ogbonnaya Onu, First Executive Governor of Abia State and current Minister of Science and Technology
- Yemi Osinbajo, current Vice-President, Federal Republic of Nigeria
- Helen Ovbiagele, Novelist
- Sasha P, rapper, musician, businesswoman, lawyer and motivational speaker
- Kemebradikumo Pondei, acting managing director of Niger Delta Development Commission
- Omowunmi Sadik, scientist and professor
- Babajide Sanwo-Olu, businessman and current Governor of Lagos State
- Joke Silva, award-winning actress, director and producer
- Ayo Sogunro, writer, satirist and lawyer
- Omoyele Sowore, founder, Sahara Reporters
- Gabriel Suswam, former Governor of Benue State
- Farida Mzamber Waziri, former EFCC chairman
- Olajide Williams, professor of Neurology at Columbia University
- Tobi Bakre, actor and presenter
On 29 May 2012, the then President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, proposed to rename the University of Lagos to Moshood Abiola University in honour of Moshood Abiola, who died in jail as a political prisoner in 1998. The proposed name change became a subject of protests from students and alumni. The proposal was consequently jettisoned as the Nigerian Federal Government gave in to the protests incited by the proposed name change.
There has been reports of sexual misconduct levelled against several lectures at the University which the University denied. An investigative documentary was produced by former victims of the sexual harassment which was uploaded YouTube. 
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