The University of Port Harcourt aims to be ranked amongst the best universities in Africa, renowned for its teaching, research, creativity and innovation.
The mission of the University of Port Harcourt is the pursuit of academic excellence, advancement of knowledge and community service through quality teaching, life-long learning, social inclusion, strengthening civil society and policy-relevant research that addresses the challenges of contemporary society. To achieve this Mission, the University is guided by the spirit of enquiry, self-reliance, fairness, ethical and professional standards of the disciplines.
The Philosophy of the University of Port Harcourt is: commitment to academic freedom, tolerance, probity, equal opportunity and respect for cultural diversity.
Established in 1975 as a College of the University of Lagos, the University of Port Harcourt is one of the avant-garde tertiary institutions with a mandate to empower the Niger Delta region and the country academically.
The University gained full autonomous status in 1977 on the premises of an emergent Trade School outside Choba Community as its temporary site, close to its future Permanent Site known as the University Park.
Unique UniPort, as the Institution is popularly known by its many graduates and stakeholders was accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC), on a campus status with a growing academic, residential, social and cultural facilities to support a growing community of Scholars and administrators.
A five-star teaching hospital serves as a “laboratory” for the University’s top-rated College of Health Sciences and caters to the health needs of a large populace drawn from the South-South and South-East regions of the country.
The University which offers the best in conventional liberal, equal-opportunity education in the arts, engineering, social sciences and science, is located about 18 kilometres, northwest of the central business district of the bustling Garden City of Port Harcourt, Nigeria’s second largest seaport and the hub of the lucrative petroleum and gas industry.
The University is uniquely located in-between the southern-most part of the West African tropical rain forest, and the northern fringes of wetlands, swamps, rivers and mangrove forests that make the Niger Delta a special tourist attraction. The University is surrounded by rural agrarian and artisanal communities that have been positively impacted by its presence in the area. The University also runs effective extension services through its specialised research institutes and centres that have encouraged economic growth and social life in its catchment areas and beyond.
The University has been lucky to have very visionary and dynamic Vice-Chancellors since its inception, each of whom took the institution to a higher level of infrastructural and academic development. The University has so far had eight substantive Vice-Chancellors since its inception in 1975 as follows:
1. Professor Donald Ekong (Late) 1975 -1982
2. Professor Sylvanus J.S. Cookey 1982 -1988
3. Professor Kelsey A. Harrison 1989- 1991
4. Professor Theo Vincent 1996 -2000
5. Professor Nimi D. Briggs 2000 -2005
6. Professor Don M. Baridam 2005 -2010
7. Professor Joseph A. Ajienka 2010-2015
8. Professor Ndowa S.E Lale 2015-
Unique UniPort welcomes students and visitors to the bustling city of Port Harcourt, the capital of Nigeria’s hydrocarbon industry and indeed the Niger Delta region.
Alumni of the University of Port Harcourt are extremely proud of their beloved Alma Mater that has produced a former President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr.
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR, in addition to Governors, such as Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Chief Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State;
Legislators, Clergymen, Academics, Captains of Industry and great athletes.
Unique Uniport has a long list of achievements to her credit and is striving harder to become the first choice destination for the best brains in the finest academic tradition. We are proud of our record in quality research, teaching and community service. Our Faculty members and students from diverse backgrounds are a truly select community of scholars united in their search for specialised knowledge through quality teaching that enriches the learning process and rewards our students who are trained to be self-reliant and burning with the “can-do” spirit.
Our 100,000 plus Alumni who share a common bond on the template of their Alma Mater are at the pinnacle of their careers in and outside Nigeria, and also engage in valuable service roles in society.
The knowledge-based education and tradition of critical thinking we offer our graduates prepare and position them as agents of positive change in a globalised knowledge economy. There are many great universities in Nigeria; but there is only one Unique UniPort!
WELCOME TO THE GARDEN CITY OF PORT HARCOURT
The University is located about 15 kilometres northwest of Port Harcourt. Port Harcourt was founded by the British Colonial Government in 1913, following the discovery of coal near Enugu, the defunct regional capital of Eastern Nigeria. There was a felt need for a see port and railway terminus to evacuate coal and engage in land trade that was growing on the Eastern hinterland. Port Harcourt has since attracted a cosmopolitan population made up of many nationalities that relish its cultural diversity and bustling night life.
The discovery of oil at Oloibiri in 1956 in present-day Bayelsa State in the Niger Delta heartland brought accelerated development to the city of Port Harcourt and its environs, making it one of the largest cities in West Africa (Gulf of Guinea).
The city is also famous for glass, tyre, brewing, petro-chemicals and liquefied natural gas. Most of the multi-national oil drilling and servicing companies have their offices in Port Harcourt.
The Afam Power Station and Nigeria’s biggest refinery are sited just outside the City, including a Federal Ocean Terminal, Onne in Rivers State.
Port Harcourt hosts a number of other tertiary institutions, such as the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (now Rivers State University), the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni, a College of Education (Technical), Omoku, the Elechi Amadi Polytechnic (formerly College of Arts and Science), a School of Nursing and College of Health Technology.
The city is a gate-way to the riverine areas of the Niger Delta, and provides ample opportunities for studies in marine biology, eco-tourism and the life sciences. Port Harcourt can be reached by road and sea from all parts of Nigeria; with daily flights to and from major cities of Nigeria and the world.
Source: Media and Publicity Sub-Committee