ABOUT BENSON IDAHOSA UNIVERSITY (BIU):
The “Benson Idahosa University” was founded in Benin City by the late Archbishop of Church of God Mission International, Benson Idahosa. The idea for the establishment of the university, according to Idahosa, is a directive from God. He said he received instructions from God to go into the educational sector, and he began from the establishment of Nursery education till the final establishment of the university.
The idea of the university was however suspended because Idahosa decided to; first of all, establish a reputable Nursery and Primary School. That decision led to the establishment of Word of Faith Group of Schools in 1981.
In 1992, the late Benson Idahosa submitted an application form for the establishment of a private university and facilities were put in place to make programs available to young students and it was operated under the name Institute for Continuous Learning. The name was later changed to Christian Faith University, and the institution was known by its new name until 1998 when it was changed to Benson Idahosa University.
However, it was not until 2002 before the University was granted the license to operate as a private university by the Federal Government under the auspices of the National Universities Commission (NUC). So the University’s full operation began precisely in March 2002 with an initial 400 students who were registered across just two faculties at the time, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences and Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Education.
The school presently has an additional four faculties;
- Faculty of Law
- Faculty of Engineering
- Faculty of Postgraduate Studies
- Faculty of Agriculture
The faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Education was later split in two and became
- Faculty of Arts and Education and
- Faculty of Social Sciences