ABOUT AMBROSE ALI UNIVERSITY (AAU):
Ambrose Alli University (AAU) was founded in 1981 and was formerly called the Bendel State University, and then Edo State University, before finally being named by relevant authorities as the Ambrose Alli University. It was finally named according to its founder, Professor Ambrose Folorunsho Alli, who was then the governor of Bendel state that eventually split to Benin (Edo state) and Delta State, as a sign of commemoration.
After the establishment of the institution, it began its operation from its temporary quarters in Benin City. Two of its figureheads scouted for and found a large parcel of land which was consequently used as the university’s permanent site in Ekpoma.
In anticipation of the first set of students to be admitted into the institution, the unused dormitories in Annunciation Catholic College that was situated at Irrua were taken over by the university authorities and they were made into temporary hostels. The same took place at Ujoelen Grammar School when there was a need for extended cafeteria services to cater for staff and students needs of the growing university. Some private properties were also rented for use as female hostels.
The first matriculation of the university was done in February 1982, and a total of 408 students were matriculated into the various colleges of the school.
Here are the various colleges in AAU:
- College of Arts and Social Sciences
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- College of Education
- College of Engineering and Technology
- College of Environmental Design
- College of Legal Studies
- College of Medical Science and
- College of Natural Science
One of the most glorious days of the institution till date would be the day that the foundation stone was laid as it drew many dignitaries from different walks of life in Nigeria.