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About Us

Madonna's History

Madonna University, Nigeria is the first Private Catholic University in the West African Region and also the First Private University to be approved by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Madonna University Nigeria commenced full Academic Programmes in 1999. This noble Institution was founded by Very Rev. Fr. Prof. EMP. Edeh CSSP OFR.

Madonna University, Nigeria went into active operation in 1999, as the first private University in Nigeria and first Catholic University in West Africa. With the University starting first in Okija which was her take-off campus. The University’s main campus was relocated to Elele, Rivers State, in 2004. The University’s third campus located in Akpugo; Enugu State came into operation in 2011.



Our principal objective is to remain in the front-line of centers of learning, teaching and research.

Our Mission

As a University with difference, Madonna works for the improvement of her local community as well as for an active contribution to the needs of the international community in the aforementioned areas. The various Colleges, Institutes and Faculties in our University help to foster an interdisciplinary approach to different areas of study and enhance the discouragement of the traditional claim for exclusivity and superiority by each discipline. By so doing a healthy interdisciplinary contribution to studies for the promotion of the life of man on earth is also facilitated.

In order to help our outstanding students face the challenges of our contemporary world, all are invited to make contribution for the realization of the enormous and onerous vision of the Madonna University.

University Motto

The core identity of every member of the University Community finds its meaning on the Motto: “Dignitas Scientiae et Moralis” – “Decency in Academics and Morals”. This dictum is not meant to be a mere paper proclamation of good intentions, but a guiding philosophy of its entire University life. It is also the responsibility of every staff and student to embrace, respect and promote it.

Uniqueness of Madonna University

  • 1st  Private University to go into full operation in Nigeria
  • 1st Catholic University within the West African sub-region
  • 1st Nigerian University to operate a 100% boarding system for all her students
  • 1st Private University to produce licensed Medical Doctors in Nigeria.
  • 1st Private University to send Law graduates to Nigeria Law School.
  • 1st Private University in Nigeria to produce licensed Pharmacists.
  • 1st private University in Nigeria to operate Students work-study programme: a programme that helps Students: to earn some money by offering some services to the University during ‘their free periods.
  • 1st Nigeria Private University to have her graduates work in all the continents of the world with certificates issued by the University

Global Impact

At Madonna University,Nigeria, Our students graduate with honors in character, leadership, skills and academics, enjoy both local and international credibility and recognition.

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