Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, formerly known as Katsina State University, was established under the Katsina State Law No.7 of September, 2006. The Katsina State University was conceived to serve as a nucleus for socio-economic, technological and political development of the State by producing highly skilled human resource through conventional face-to-face and distance learning modes. It is the hope and aspiration of the Government and people of Katsina State to establish, nurture and develop a World Class University driven by modern Information and communication technology (ICT) culture. The University commenced academic programmes in January, 2007 at a temporary site located at Hassan Usman Katsina Polytechnic, Katsina.

The Katsina State House of Assembly on April 08 2009 passed a Law that changed the name of the University from Katsina State University to Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina. The renaming was in honour of the then immediate past State Governor and the then President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua. The present permanent site, a land of 1029.33 hectares along Dutsin-Ma Road, Katsina was commissioned on April 09, 2009, a day after the renaming, by His Excellency, Alhaji Umaru Yar’adua, the Late President of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University is a well established University with good infrastructure and is significantly ICT driven, meeting the objectives for which it was established.  The momentum of growth and development of the University achieved from its planning has been significantly sustained. The Government of Katsina State continues to provide necessary funding for the sustenance and for keeping the pace of developmental plans of the University.

Philosophy and Objectives of the University

Philosophy and Objectives of the University

Philosophy: A world-class university such as the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University should be a reflection of the hard work, culture and values of the people of the State.  The university shall thus serve as a vehicle for national unity, peaceful coexistence and scholarship where present and future leaders of our nation would be moulded.   As a university of the highest quality, it shall be open to men and women without discrimination on grounds of culture, race, religion and or socio-economic background.

The university shall be tailored towards the principle of equity, justice, fairness and above all, the universality of knowledge.  The main preoccupation of the university shall be the search for knowledge through teaching and research, which would further translate it into a centre of attraction for all those in search of noble ideas for societal development.

The Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University shall further provide improved access to quality university education in Nigeria in view of the increasing demand for education through its innovative technology learning delivery modes.   Also, welfare packages shall be made attractive to attract high quality teaching staff from all parts of the country and of the world.

The objectives of the University are:

  1. To serve as centre of academic excellence through teaching, promotion of research, advancement of arts, science and technology and human resource development;
  2. To provide regular courses of instruction in the humanities, the sciences and other spheres of learning of a standard required and expected of a university of the highest standing;
  3. To encourage the advancement of learning and give all persons without distinction of race, religion, creed, sex or political persuasion, the opportunity of acquiring a higher education;
  4. To encourage and promote scholarship and conduct research in all fields of learning and human endeavor;
  5. To widen access of higher education through the adoption of dual mode of learning delivery, that is face-to-face and distant learning modes;
  6. To promote sound moral principles, ethics, national unity, excellence and service to Allah;
  7. To relate its activities to the cultural, social, religious and economic needs of the people of the State in particular, and Nigeria in general;
  8. To offer opportunities to all persons for the pursuit of knowledge in all fields;
  9. To develop high level human resource to meet the needs of the State and the nation as a whole;
  10. To advance understanding of local and national development problems through research;
  11. To advance the application of knowledge for the uplitfment of the well being of the people of the State in particular and Nigeria in general;
  12. To undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of the highest standing.

Vision, Mission, Motto & Logo

Vision: Umaru Musa Yar’adua University aspires to be one of the best Universities.

Mission: To produce well grounded, sound, God-fearing and entrepreneurially minded graduates that undertake research for societal development.

Motto: To serve and to learn


The Umaru Musa Yar’adua University logo depicts a shield resting on a base.  Inside the shield is an open book and a molecule above it.  The molecule symbolizes science and technology, which is the university’s focus for the rapid scientific and technological development of the State.  The open book symbolizes the spirit of enquiry and research, which represents the aspiration of the university to excel in its academic activities.  The shield symbolizes the virility and courage of the people of Katsina State, which shall be reflected in the management of the university.  The yellow colour on the logo, which dominates the surface of the shield, symbolizes the Sahel region in which Katsina State is located.  The green colour, which covers the edges of the shield, symbolizes agriculture which is the predominant occupation of the people of Katsina State.  The colour white represents the serene environment, which the university hope to provide through the use of information and communication technology.  The colour black represents strength and sense of direction, which the University hopes to provide for Katsina State, its people and the generality of mankind as a whole.

Visitor and Principal Officers of the University

The Executive Governor of Katsina State is the Visitor to the university.

The major authorities for the overall policy, administrative and academic control of the university are the Council and the Senate.  The everyday administration of the university is carried out by the Vice-Chancellor supported by other principal officers, other officers and staff.

The Visitor and Principal Officers of the University are:

  1. H.E. Rt. Hon Aminu Bello Masari, CFR, Visitor
  2. Alhaji (Dr.) Umaru Mutallab, CON, Chancellor
  3. Ambassador Zakari Ibrahim, Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council
  4. Professor Sunusi MammanVice Chancellor
  5. Professor Khalid Hassan Abdullahi, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration)
  6. Dr Hamisu Musa, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic)
  7. Malam Nasir Bello, Registrar
  8. Malam Abubakar Muhammad, Bursar
  9. Malam Misbau Na’iya Katsina, University Librarian

Governing Council and University Senate

Governing Council

The Governing Council for the University as provided by the Law establishing the University is the highest governing body of the University with overall responsibility for the policy and control of the finances and properties of the University.

Functions of the Council include approval of the annual budget, annual accounts, annual reports and other documents which shall reflect the result of the University’s activities. Other provisions on functions and procedures of the Governing Council are detailed in the third schedule of the University Law.

The Council consist of: Pro-Chancellor (Chairman); Vice-Chancellor; Deputy Vice-Chancellor(s) two persons appointed by the Senate from the members of that body; one person elected by the Congregation from among the members of that body not being a member of the Senate; one member elected by the Convocation from among members of that body; three persons to be appointed by the Visitor; the Commissioner or Chief Executive in charge of Higher Education in the State; the Permanent Secretary, Katsina State Ministry of Finance.

University Senate

The general function of the Senate is to organize and control teaching, promote research in the University and to maintain these with the highest degree of excellence.

The Senate controls admission into the University and generally provide for the welfare and discipline of the students. Specific functions of the Senate are provided by the Law and the Statue establishing the Senate of the University.

The Senate consist of the Vice-Chancellor; the Deputy Vice-Chancellors; the Deans of Faculties, Postgraduate School and Student Affairs; Professors; Head of Academic Departments/ Institutes/Centres and/or Units; the University Librarian and such teachers not being below the rank of Lecturer I and not being more than one third of the total number of non-elected members of the Senate elected by the Congregation and at least one of whom shall come from each Faculty. The Registrar serves as Secretary to the Senate.

Development of the University

Development of the University

The development of all academic programmes of the University is charted over a 25-year period divided into four phases at the end of which 13 faculties, 76 departments and 236 programmes (undergraduates and postgraduates) should have been established.  All phases of the growth and development of the University are for a period of 5 years except Phase 4 which is for a period of 10 years.  Each phase is typified by the establishment of new faculties, departments and academic programmes at the undergraduate level and/or postgraduate levels.  The phases of the development of the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University are as follows:

Phase Duration Sessions
Phase 1 5 years 2006/07 – 2010/11
Phase 2 5 years 2011/12 – 2015/16
Phase 3 5 years 2016/17 – 2020/21
Phase 4 10 years 2021/22 – 2030/31

The Faculties and Schools that shall be established by the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University at its full maturity are as follows:

  1. Faculty of Agriculture
  1. Faculty of Arts
  1. Faculty of Dentistry
  1. Faculty of Education
  1. Faculty of Engineering
  1. Faculty of Environmental Sciences
  1. Faculty of Law
  1. Faculty of Management Sciences
  1. Faculty of Medicine
  1. Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences
  1. Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
  1. Faculty of Social and Management Sciences
  1. Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
  1. Postgraduate School
  1. School of General and Remedial Studies

Human Resources & Staff Training and Development

Human Resource: As of May 2017, the University had a total of 1079 staff (both Academic and Non-academic)

Staff Training and Development

At inception the State Government established a N2.5 billion Staff Training and Development Fund with commitment of N250 Million per annum from 2007 to 20017. In addition the TETFund has come in tremendously to augment the state government efforts.

With the two sources of funding for staff training and development namely the Staff Training Development (STD) and Tertiary Education Fund (TETFund), there is an impressive record of sponsorships for study fellowships, workshops, seminars and conference attendance resulting in large improvement of quality of staff. From 2007 to 2017 a total of 210 and 130 were sponsored for Masters and PhD degrees respectively, 174 have completed Master degrees and 51 have completed PhDs. The University has now lined up 119 staff in training (20 Masters and 98 PhDs) for sponsorships over the next two years with a different strategy that may include joint awards with partner Universities. The is a well developed Staff Training and Development Policy in place which provides for the University training objectives and direction and the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders.

Academic Programme/Programme Development/Programme Accredetition

Academic Programmes

Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina commenced academic activities in the 2006/2007 academic session with an initial enrolment of 1,225 students across the 15 different programmes domiciled at the 3 pioneer Faculties of Natural and Applied Sciences, Humanities and Education.

In 2012/2013 academic session, the University introduced 2 new faculties of Law and Social and Management Sciences and, in addition to 9 new academic programmes. These increases resulted in the surge on student’s enrolment of the University. Also in the same year, the University commenced Postgraduate studies in 14 different programmes for the award of PGDE, M.A., M.Ed., M.Sc and PhD.

As at the 2016/2017 academic session, the University’s enrolment profile for undergraduate and postgraduate students stood at 12,672.

Academic Programmes


Faculty of Education

  • B. Sc. (Ed) Sciences (5 programmes)
  • B. Sc. (Ed) Social Sciences (1 programme)
  • B. A. (Ed) Arts (6 programmes)
  • Bachelor of Library and Information Science

Faculty of Humanities

  • B. A. Arabic
  • B. A. English
  • B. A. French
  • B. A. History
  • B. A. Islamic Studies
  • B. A. Hausa

Faculty of Law

  • LLB (Islamic Law)
  • LLB (Public and Private)

Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

  • B. Sc. Biochemistry
  • B. Sc. Biology
  • B. Sc. Chemistry
  • B. Sc. Computer Science
  • B. Sc. Geography
  • B. Sc. Industrial Chemistry
  • B. Sc. Mathematics
  • B. Sc. Microbiology
  • B. Sc. Physics

Faculty of Social and Management Sciences

  • B.Sc. Accounting
  • B.Sc. Business Administration
  • B.Sc. Economics
  • B.Sc. Political Science
  • B.Sc. Public Administration
  • B.Sc. Sociology


Faculty of Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • M. Ed. Curriculum and Instructions
  • M. Ed. Educational Psychology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Information and Records Management (PGDIRM)
  • M.Ed. Educational Management
  • M.Sc. (Ed) Physics
  • M.Sc. (Ed) Mathematics
  • M.Sc. (Ed) Geography
  • M.Sc. (Ed) Chemistry
  • M.Sc. (Ed) Biology

Faculty of Humanities

  • M. A. Arabic
  • Ph.D Arabic
  • M. A. English
  • M. A. History
  • Ph.D History
  • M. A. Islamic Studies
  • Ph.D Islamic Studies
  • M. A. Hausa
  • Ph.D Hausa

Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences

  • M. Sc. Chemistry
  • M. Sc. Biology
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Resource Management (PGDRD)
  • Masters in Resource Development (MRD)
  • M.Sc. Geography
  • Ph.D Geography
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics

Programme Development

At the commencement of the academic activities in 2006/07, the University has 3 Faculties, 13 Departments and 26 programmes. In 2012/13 academic session, 9 more undergraduate and 13 postgraduate programmes were established. Between 2013/14 to 2015/16 academic session, additional 10 postgraduate programmes were established. Presently, there are 5 Faculties, 21 Departments, 35 Undergraduate and 23 Postgraduate programmes in the University.

Programme Accreditation

In 2009, the National Universities Commission visited the University for Programme Accreditation Exercise. During the visit 26 programmes were presented for accreditation in which 16 programmes earned Full accreditation Status, while the remaining 10 earned Interim accreditation Status. In 2011, the NUC re-visited the 10 programmes with interim status for re-accreditation exercise, at the end of the visit; the 10 programmes earned Full accreditation Status of the NUC. In 2015 the NUC re-visited the University for another round of programme accreditation exercise for the 16 programmes with Full accreditation status during the 2009 exercise. Also included for this exercise were the 9 new programmes that were established in 2012/13 session. In total, the University presented 25 programmes during the period under review. The outcome of the NUC visit, all the 25 programmes of the University earned Full accreditation status. Another programmes re-accreditation exercise was conducted by the NUC in 2016 for the 10 programmes with Full accreditation Status as at 2011. The result of the exercise reveals that all the 10 programmes presented earned Full accreditation status.

Presently, all the 35 Undergraduate programmes run by the University have Full accreditation status.

Research Development and Community Service

The University from its inception noted the important role of energy towards the socio-economic development of the people of Katsina State and Nigeria in general. This prompted the quick establishment of the Centre for Renewable Energy Research in 2009 barely two years from inception of the University. The Centre houses a pilot 50m3 biogas digester for domestic cooking and public institutions for demonstration and further research activities, a wind-solar hybrid power generation pilot system with the potential for deployment in rural off-grid power supply and many other applications. The Centre was established with great assistance of Petroleum Training and Development Fund (PTDF) in terms of building infrastructure and equipment. There are active research projects of concentrating solar power (CSP) with fuel cell storage backup and that of coal briquettes in collaboration CNES, Niamey and University of Maradi, all in Niger Republic.

The Energy Centre is also the lead agency for an EU project on sustainable development of farm agro forestry and fuel wood conservation system in North Western Katsina State, under the farmer managed renewable energy production initiative. The following achievements have been made under the EU project:

  • Planting of 2 million trees in 6,200 farmlands across the 5 LGAs of Batsari, Batagarawa, Jibia, Kaita and Rimi, with total coverage of more than 30,000 hectares.
  • Establishment of 300 nurseries across the 5 LGAS
  • Training of more than 6,000 farmers on various models of agroforestry practices.
  • 500 youth and women from 25 CBOs and cooperatives from the 5 LGAs have been trained on Non-Wood Tree Product processing techniques.
  • 250 local porters have been trained on production of the improved mud wood stoves
  • Establishment of mud stoves production centres at the LGAs with total capacity to produce 10,000 mud stoves per annum.

In collaboration and with active support of GIZ, the German International Cooperation Agency, USAID, POWER AFRICA, WINROCK and EU, the Energy Research organized Professional Training Course on Solar PV Installation and Solar PV Installation Supervision and it is one out of only two Centres in Nigeria to organized such programme, the other is in Lagos.

Research effort towards Research and Development, within the last one year (2016-2017) a total of 33 research projects were funded to the tune of N54,353,614.00. Research groups are emerging within the Faculties and encouragement and incentives are provided for research projects that address national development. Similarly a research and development policy of the University drives the research efforts.

A total of thirty three academic staff have benefited with individual (lead) research grant from TETFund from 2016 to date and more are being processed.