Bowen University is a private Nigerian Baptist Christian university located in Iwo in Osun State, Nigeria and located on the former 1,300-acre (6 km²) campus of Baptist College, a teacher training facility on a campus hill just outside town. It is affiliated with the Nigeria Baptist Convention.
The school was established on July 17, 2001 by the Nigerian Baptist Convention. The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the establishment of the university and it was subsequently licensed by the National University Commission. The Interim Board of Trustees was established on August 22, 2001, with Professor J.T. Okedara is the Vice-Principal and Mr. E. A. Lawale is the Secretary. Academic activity began on 4 November 2002, with 500 students admitted to the Faculty of Agriculture, Science, Educational Sciences and Social Sciences and Management. In 2017, the school will have 5,000 students. In 2018, the university launched the radio station.
Bowen is one of the oldest private higher education institutions in Nigeria, founded in 2001 by the Nigeria Baptist Convention (NBC). The main foundation of Bowen College today was laid in 1854. In that year, the family of the late Pastor Thomas Jefferson Bowen opened a school in Ijaiye Orile in present-day Oyo State in Nigeria. The school, composed of the late Bowens’s five administrators, five other workers, and several others intrigued by the fledgling school’s curiosity, has grown from that small beginning in 1854 into thousands of schools. Baptist elementary and secondary schools are scattered across the country. By 1960, almost everywhere there was a Baptist church there was a Baptist school.
The idea of establishing a Baptist University in Nigeria was first conceived in 1938. It grew out of Baptist’s commitment to helping people reach their full potential. The first bold step toward realizing this vision was not taken until 1956, when a proposal was presented at the Baptist Mission meeting held in Eku from 11-14 December. 1956. On July 16-17, 1957, the joint meeting of the Executive Council Committees of the Baptist Mission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Baptist Convention endorsed the idea. Since then, the Baptist Conference of Nigeria has worked tirelessly, committing time, material and human resources to realize the vision. Today, all of these efforts have crystallized in the founding of Bowen University, a milestone in the academic legacy of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, making it the premier Baptist university in Africa.
On 17 July 2001, the Federal Government of Nigeria approved the establishment of Bowen University and was subsequently licensed by the National Universities Commission (NUC).
On November 4, 2002, Bowen University celebrated its academic performance with 506 pioneering students admitted to its three faculties:
Agriculture, science and science education, and social science and management.
In 2009, the National University Commission (NUC) authorized the College to offer degree programs in Medicine (MBBS), Anatomy (B.Sc) and Physiology (B.Sc). In June 2011, NUCE also approved the establishment of Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Humanities began immediately in 2012 while the Legal Education Board submitted its own campus tour board in August 2012 and approved it in December of the same year. These programs begin in earnest.
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