Bayero University Kano (BUK) was initially established as Ahmadu Bello College in 1960 and was named after the Premier of Northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello. It was built to prepare senior secondary certificate holders for the General Certificate Exam (G.C.E) and ‘A’ level in Arabic, Hause, Islamic History, Islamic Studies and English Literature. Following the establishment of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1962, it was renamed Abdullahi Bayero College, after Abdullahi Bayero, Emir of Kano, and soon after became a faculty in the newly established Ahmadu Bello University.
In 1975, the University was raised to the status of a ‘University college’ with the right to award degrees on behalf of Ahmadu Bello University, and was thereafter raised to a full-fledged University by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1977, and became Bayero University. The University ceased to be a Faculty at Ahmadu Bello University in 1980. Courses and programmes at BUK are officially accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and lead to recognized degrees such as Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate degrees in diverse disciplines. With the vision “to lead in research and education in Africa”, it has diversified from the initial courses offered, to having over 16 faculties, providing students the opportunity to offer relevant and competitive courses.
BUK is committed to addressing African developmental challenges through cutting-edge research, knowledge transfer and training of high-quality graduates. Currently, the University ranks as the 16th best in the country by 4ic.org.
Bayero University Faculties
The faculties at the institution are as follows:
Faculty of Agriculture
Faculty of Arts and Islamic Science
Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Faculty of Communication
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Engineering
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Physical and Life Sciences
Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, and
College of Health Sciences which is comprised of the following faculties:
- Faculty of Allied Health Sciences
- Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences
- Faculty of Clinical Sciences
- Faculty of Dentistry
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science
Bayero University also has a number of Research centers which include: Centre for Advanced Medical Research, Center for infectious diseases, Center for Gender studies, Center for Islamic studies, Center for Renewable energy, and a host of others. The University also houses the International Institute of Islamic Banking and Finance (IIIBF), the first in the Country, also located in Kano state.
Courses Offered At Bayero University
Care to forward your academic career at the University? Confused about which course to go for? Here’s a detailed list of departmental courses offered by each faculty to help you make a decision:
Faculty of Agriculture, here we have:
-Agric Economics and Extension
Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies
-English and Literary Studies
-Linguistics and Foreign Languages
Faculty of Communication, here you can study;
-Theatre Arts and Film
Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences; you can offer any of the following:
-Urban and Regional Planning
Faculty of Education has the following departments:
-Department of Adult Education and Community Services
-Department of Education
-Department of Library and Information Sciences
-Department of Science and Technology Education
-Department of Special Education
-Department of Physical and Health Education
Faculty of Engineering
-Agriculture and Environment Engineering
Faculty of Social and Management Sciences
Faculty of Law
-Private and Commercial Law
-Public and International Law
Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences
-Pure and Industrial Chemistry
The faculties at the college of health sciences offer courses related to medicine and Human health. These courses include:
-Medicine and Surgery
-Medical Laboratory Science
Bayero University Admission Requirements
Are you a prospective student looking at furthering your education at the institution, and don’t know what to do or have? Here’s an explanation of the admission requirements at BUK and what is required of you.
First, you have to be conversant with the courses offered in each faculty so that you can make a better choice of choosing your preferred course, you can go through the courses listed above and for further details visit the University’s website at buk.edu.ng.
Prospective students applying to Bayero University are broadly categorized into two, undergraduates and postgraduates. Undergraduate applicants are grouped further into three; UTME, Direct Entry, and Part-time Degree. Admission requirements in each level differ slightly. These requirements are as follows:
-You are required to have at least 5 credit passes in your O’level result or its equivalent at no more than two sittings. The subjects passed should include English Language, Mathematics, and any other three, based on the subject combination for your desired course of study.
-You must register for JAMB, sit for the examination, and attain the prescribed JAMB cut-off mark for your course. This would make you eligible to;
-Sit for the Post-UTME examination organized by the institution. Bear in mind that you must attain the exact Post-UTME cut-off mark or preferably score higher so as to increase your chances of getting admitted.
For Direct Entry (DE)
As a prospective applicant coming in through DE, you are required to have your OND certificate (with merit), and also have the necessary O’level requirements for undergraduates which include having a minimum of 5 credit passes in English (compulsory for all courses), Mathematics (compulsory for science-based courses and social sciences), and three other relevant subjects.
For Part-time Degree
General requirements here include:
-Having an OND (with merit), NCE, IJMB (with a minimum of 8 points), GCE ‘A’ Level (3 credits) and HND (pass).
-You are required to have the necessary O’level requirements for undergraduates which include having a minimum of 5 credit passes in English (compulsory for all courses), Mathematics (compulsory for science-based courses and social sciences), and three other relevant subjects.
-You can only apply if you are twenty-five (25) years and above.
It’s important to note that candidates with only ‘O’ level results would not be admitted
For Prospective Postgraduates
BUK offers postgraduate programmes at PGD, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. The courses offered in these levels are relatively similar to the ones offered at the Undergraduate level. The admission requirements for PG students at the institution isn’t so different from the general requirements requested in other universities. These requirements may include, obtaining 5 credit passes in SSCE/GCE or other equivalents, having a Bachelor degree with a minimum of Second Class Lower Division for PGD and Masters students or having a Masters degree with a weighted average score of 60% for Ph.D. programmes.
Asides all these, you may be requested to write an entrance examination depending on your proposed programme. Other requirements may also include, NYSC Discharge Certificate/ Exemption letter, and also your academic transcript.
More details about PG programmes, PG admission requirements, programmes available and lots more can be found on the University’s website.
Bayero University Facilities
Bayero University Kano, a citadel of learning is home to the following: administrative buildings, lecture halls, halls of residence, staff quarters, student and staff portals, faculty buildings, research centres and institutes, an ICT centre, a teaching hospital, a central research laboratory, science laboratories, cafeteria’s and canteens, an online learning management system, an open courseware portal, a library, an Open Educational Resource which provides an online journal system, and lots more.
Other Things To Know About BUK
Looking at taking a tour around BUK, or are you a prospective student of the institution? Here are a few things to note:
It is situated in a secure location away from the economic activities of Kano.
Things To Do
Bothered about what you can do while at the University? Here are a few things you can do:
- Partake in academic and religious activities
- Enroll for a full-time or part-time programme., or
- Take a tour around the institution.
What To Bring
Some of the things you can come along with include:
- Academic materials and books.
- Religious necessities and personal effects.
Weather At The University
BUK experiences weather conditions accustomed to its location in Kano. Kano, one of the largest cities in Nigeria possess a tropical continental climate with a pronounced dry season lasting up to seven months (October-May). During the dry season, a cool period is usually experienced between November and February, and this emanates from the influence of the North-easterly winds. The rainy season also comes and lasts from May to September, sometimes extending to October. It’s also advisable to note that the University experiences its own fair share of harsh weather conditions.
Bayero University is one of the foremost institutions in the state and stands as an institution built on the ethos of Islam, and seeks to impact these in its students.
School Fees At BUK
Bayero University school fees for new/returning students for 2017/2018 academic session was recently released by the institution. The school fees were set between the range of the following:
New students :N 29,0000 – N 40,000.
Returning students: N26,000 – N37,000
International students: N150,000
Precise details on the school fees schedule for various faculties and departments can be found on the University’s website.
The University has produced a few prominent Nigerian. They include:
- Mansur Dan Ali, Minister of Defense
- Ibrahim Sheme, novelist, journalist, publisher
- Farouk Lawan, politician
- Zaynab Alkali, renowned author
- Moses Ochonu, historian, author
- Ahmed Sani Yerima, former Governor, Zamfara state
And a host of others.
Recipients of an honorary degree at the University include:
- Abdullahi Bayero
- Yusuf Maitama Sule
- Murtala Mohammed
- Nelson Mandela
- Muammar Gaddafi
- Yayale Ahmed
- Theophilus Danjuma
BUK serves to imbibe academic, moral and societal values in its students, definitely one to consider if you seek to further your academic career.