Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umdike (MOUAU), formerly Commonwealth Agricultural University Umdike, was established as a professional university by the Federal Government of Nigeria by Decree No. 48 of 2 November 1992. On May 27, 1993, Professor Placid C. Njoku was appointed as the first Trustee and Vice-Chancellor, and officially resumed activities in May 1993. Other key university officials have since been appointed.
The institution is located in the famous agricultural education and research city of Umudike, about nine kilometers from the city of Umuahia, the capital of Abia state. The main road connecting the university is the Umuahia-Ikot Ekpene National Highway, which leads directly to the state capitals of Abia, Akwa-Ibom and Cross River. Being so close to Umuahia, the university is connected to most parts of the country by major north-south highways. It started operations on the site of the former Umdike Federal Agricultural University (currently the Federal Agricultural University has moved to Isiag, Ebony).
The MOUAU was effectively launched on May 3, 1993, when the University accepted its founding students. At the time of the institution's history, only 82 students were enrolled to pursue various majors. This number is very different from recent statistics, with approximately 27,750 undergraduate students, 4,598 graduate students, and 6,730 graduate students. ) part-time students at the Center for Continuing Education (CEC). The current total student enrollment at Michael Okpala Agricultural College, Umdike is approximately 39,078.
University consists of about 11 colleges with 50 departments, 2 faculties and 16 general departments. Michael Okpala Agricultural College Umdike aspires to be a university of excellence, empowering the people of Nigeria and beyond by providing practical knowledge on agricultural transformation to achieve sustainable food production
The current Vice-Chancellor is Prof. Madubibisi Ofo Iwe. He is a Distinguished Professor at the University's Institute of Food Science and Technology (FST), succeeding Professor (LATE). Francis Ogbonnaya Otunta becomes the university's sixth de facto vice-chancellor. He is also a Professor of Food Science and Technology and was the former Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the same university. He took office on his Tuesday, March 1, 2021.
Universities are generously endowed with a talented workforce and the most important resource for agricultural development: land. There is therefore limitless room for development to achieve our vision of knowledge, nutrition and safety. The university has extensive land in Umdike, Uzuakori, Orokoro and Ibek. Given the warm relationship of the university with the surrounding communities, and local farmer-centered programs, these communities are willing to donate more land for development and research, thus acquiring more land The possibilities are endless.
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