Pioneer Vice Chancellors



  • To provide a focus of academic leadership through which bold initiatives can be taken on matters concerning University Education.
  • To provide a platform for discussing common issues such as inter-university cooperation, administrative and academic practices, maintenance of academic standards, staff recruitment and exchange, sporting competitions, students’ affairs, etc.
  • To act as a channel through which the joint opinion of Nigerian Universities can be expressed on matters affecting higher education in Nigeria.
  • To improve visibility of Nigerian Universities.
  • To act as a bureau of information on Nigerian Universities.
  • To facilitate communication and mutual consultation among the universities.
  • To serve as a forum for collaboration with Governments and Non-Governmental Organizations, Ministries, Parastatals, Agencies and other national and international organizations on matters concerning University education.
  • To cater for the welfare of Vice-Chancellors
  • To do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the furtherance of University education in Nigeria.


“To be a veritable platform for Nigerian Universities for the attainment of academic excellence through cooperation and exchange of ideas”


  • Innovation and Broad-Mindedness
  • Diligence,Integrity and Accountability
  • Efficient Service Delivery
  • Collaboration

The Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) was established in October of 1962 by the Vice-Chancellors of the then-existing Federal and Regional Universities. The pioneer members were; Professor. Kenneth O. Dike, University of Ibadan; Professor Eni. Njoku, University of Lagos; Dr. George Marion Johnson, University of Nigeria Nsukka; Professor Norman Alexander, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria; and Professor G.A Ajose, University of Ife. The Committee started as a forum for discussing problems affecting the universities, exchanging information and ideas on how Vice-Chancellors can resolve challenges at their local levels and more importantly, take common positions on implementation of policies and directives of Government as it affects Higher Education in the country. Expressly, the Committee of Vice-Chancellors was set up by its founding members to discuss, review and take a joint stand on how best to engender good governance and best practices in Nigerian Universities. In the same year, the National Universities Commission was established as an arm of the cabinet by the Federal Government to oversee all matters relating to Higher Education. In January 1994 the body was formally registered at the Corporate Affairs Commission as “Committee of Vice- Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities”. The constitution of the body allowed for automatic membership once a University is licensed by the National Universities Commission and approved by the Federal Government. However, following the approval granted by the Federal Government to allow State Governments to establish their Universities from the 1980s, the Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities felt the need to bring everybody on board under the same umbrella, without prejudice to the existing forum for Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities. That led to the formation of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) in July 1994. By 1999, when licenses were granted for the establishment of Private Universities, all Vice-Chancellors from Federal, State or Private universities came under the umbrella of the Association. However, under a caveat, each segment is allowed to operate and deal with peculiar matters that affect them because of their different proprietors. Thus the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Federal Universities (CVC), the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian State Universities (CVCNSU) and Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Registrars of Nigerian Private Universities(CVCRPU) exist as independent bodies, but all come together under the umbrella of CVCNU.