About Ajayi Crowther University
Ajayi Crowther University as we know it today was a fusion of both the defunct St. Andrews College in Oyo and the CMS training Institution, Abeokuta in Ogun state. The institution which started out as the CMS Training Institution, Abeokuta in year 1853 moved about for a while during that era. The institution was relocated to Lagos state between 1868 and 1896. By March of 1853, the institution was relocated to Oyo.
St. Andrews College, Oyo from its creation had been producing teachers with Grade II Certificate. The Divinity Course which is used for the training of church ministers was later added to the institution’s curriculum around 1910 and 1942 with the proprietorship of the college moved from the CMS London to Anglican Communion (Church of Nigeria).
When the Government of the country took over administrative control of all schools in the Federation, proprietorship of St. Andrews College was handed over to the government. However, the interest of the alumnus under the body of SACOBA as its fondly called which is St. Andrews College Old Boys Association and that of the Church over the development of this institution did not wane, leading to a petition from the association.
The former Oyo State Government responded to this response in year 1980 by upgrading the St. Andrew’s College into an NCE campus and by 1985 was now a full-fledged College of Education.
SACOBA’s request to for the Church of Nigeria to establish Ajayi Crowther University was granted on 7th September 1999 and the institution started at the former St. Andrews College in Oyo under the leadership of the Church. The Ajayi Crowther University (ACU) was officially established as a Private University on 7th January 2005 when the National Universities Commission (NUC) granted the school its operating license having satisfied criteria prescribed by the NUC.
The Ajayi Crowther University (ACU) is named after the late Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther. The man credited as the first African Bishop to translate the bible into Yoruba language.