The University of Abuja is a tertiary institution in the Nigerian capital, Abuja. It was established in January 1988 as a dual-mode university with the mandate to run conventional and distance learning programmes. Academic work began in the University in 1990 with the matriculation of its pioneer students.
The University took off from a temporary site, made up of three blocks of building meant for a primary school in Gwagwalada, tagged the “mini – campus”. Academic activities started on the mini – campus in 1990 after which the University was allocated an expanse of land covering over 11,800 hectares (29,000 acres) along the Abuja city Airport road for the development of its main campus.
Relocation to the permanent site has been ongoing to-date. The campus now hosts three female and two male hostels housing thousands of students. However, the distance learning offices of the University are located within the Abuja municipality (Area 3 Garki) where contact sessions of the programme are also held.