Kogi State University, located at Anyigba, is the state-owned University of Kogi, Nigeria. It was established in 1999 by Prince Abubakar Audu, the former governor of the state. At the time of its establishment, it was known as Kogi State University, It was named Prince Abubakar Audu University (PAAU) in 2002 and later renamed Kogi State University in 2003 (KSU).
Kogi State University commenced academic activities in April 2000 with six faculties: Faculties of Agriculture, Arts and Humanities, Law, Management Sciences, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. The university added the establishment of the Faculty of Medicine with extensive office and laboratory complexes. The Centre for Pre-Degree and Diploma Studies was established to run diploma and pre-degree programmes. Students of the pre-degree programme could gain admission into the degree programme if they are successful in the internal exams and need not write the Post-UTME exams.
The university offers many courses such as Medicine, Law, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Geology(combined), Physics, Mathematics, Computer Sciences, Law, Public Administration, Human Kinetics, Industrial Chemistry, Statistics, Business Administration, Accounting, Banking and Finance, Theatre Arts, Food, Nutrition and Home Sciences, Agricultural Engineering, Economics and Extension, Crop Production, Animal Production, Soil Science, Food Science and Technology, Fishery and Forestry, Islamic Studies, Religious and Philosophy, English, History and International Studies, Sociology, Mass Communication, Economics, and Chemistry. 98% of the courses offered in the university are accredited by the Nigeria University Commission (NUC).
Kogi State University shall be highly reputable institution genuinely committed to impacting knowledge, learning, scholarship and skills to all men and women in order to equip them to confront and control the challenges of the next centuries. The aspiration is to:
Maintain and sustain the university as an apex institution through accountable, consultative, focused, interactive, innovative, purposeful, team –based, result-oriented and transparent leadership and management to constantly utilized existing knowledge and generate new ones.
Use first class and state of the arts facilities, highly motivated staff and studentsworking in an atmosphere of academic freedom and security to transform the university into a world class center.
Ensure a high standard of academic excellent, discipline, integrity and intellectual heritage.
Reflect and impact positively on the culture, traditions and the social-economic needs of the society.
Kogi State University shall advance appropriate and effective learning and exploit new frontiers of knowledge. This shall be achieved through:
Effective teaching, research and dissemination of research-based knowledge which shall be of the highest standard
Regular strategic planning, needs assessment, and re-training to produce high quality man power and sustain capacity building.
Consolidation the achievement so far recorded by constant evaluation and monitoring
Consolidating and expanding post graduate programmes which shall be of the highest quality with emphasize on staff development to ensure continuity as well as serving the needs of the academia.
Aggressive and focused expansion by creating new centers and programmes to meet the needs and aspirations of the changing society.
Establishing and nurturing local, nation and international partnerships and integration.
Serving as a positive model and conscience of the society and for the society.
The core values of Kogi State University shall be:
Collaboration, by aggressive and sustain linkages, partnerships, inter-and multi-disciplinarily to create new avenues of support, understanding and enquiry.
Dedication, by commitments to uncompromising work ethic and critical issues of development of the State, the Nation and the world at large.
Entrepreneurship, by openness to innovative ideas and skills, prudent use of resources and rapid response to challenges.
Fairness, by commitments to staff and student welfare, personal development of the members of the University community and the immediate environments.
Integrity, by paying attention to the highest ethical standards in all areas, commitments to being a University that welcomes talented minds from different backgrounds and challenges the to achieve optimum potentials
Transparency, demonstrated by accountability, opening communication and pro-bity.
Responsibility, by ensuring prudent and responsible stewardship of resources.