The University of Lagos - popularly known as Unilag - is a federal government university with a main campus located at Akoka, Yaba and a college of medicine located at Idi-Araba, all in Lagos, Lagos State, southern Nigeria. It is one of twenty-five federal universities which are overseen and accredited by the National Universities Commission.
The University of Lagos founded in 1962 is made up of two campuses, the main campus at Akoka, Yaba and the College of Medicine in Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos State. Both sites are in the Mainland of Lagos. The main campus is largely surrounded by the scenic view of the Lagos lagoon and is located on 802 acres (3.25 km2) of land in Akoka, North Eastern part of Yaba, Lagos, the state of excellence and aquatic splendour. From a modest intake of 131 students in 1962, enrolment in the university has now grown to over 39,000. It has a total staff strength of 3,365 made up of 1,386 Administrative and Technical Staff, 1,164 Junior and 813 Academic Staff. The University is composed of nine Faculties and a College of Medicine. The Faculties offer a total of 117 programmes in Arts, Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Pharmacy, Law, Engineering, Sciences, Business Administration and Education. UNILAG also offers Master’s and Doctorate degrees in most of the aforementioned programmes. The University also has two Centres namely the Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for African, Regional Integration and Borderland Studies. The Distance Learning Institute (DLI) of the University offers courses in Accounting, Business Administration, Science Education and Library / Information Sciences.
The vision of the University is 'To be a top-class institution for the pursuit of excellence in knowledge through learning and research, as well as in character and service to humanity and the mission is ‘To provide a conducive teaching, learning, research and development environment where staff and students can interact and compete effectively with their counterparts both nationally and internationally in terms of intellectual competence and zeal to add value to the World’.
The University of Lagos is a centre for academic research. The University in 2005 rewarded 19 of its researchers for their outstanding research efforts in the 2005 Research Conference and Fair. This included ground breaking research in the child psychology behind bed wetting. The University research activity was one of the major criteria used by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in adjudging the University as the Best University in Nigeria at this year's Nigerian University System Annual Merit Award (NUSAMA).