University of Calabar – UNICAL | General Information and Community!

The University of Calabar – also known as UNICAL – is a university situated in Calabar, Cross River State, south-south Nigeria. It is one of Nigeria’s second generation federal universities.


The University of Calabar was a campus of the University of Nigeria until 1975. The architecture was designed by John Elliott. It was established by decree to fulfill this traditional mandate, its motto “Knowledge for Service”.

The Vice Chancellor is Prof. Zana I. Akpagu. Prof. Florence Obi currently holds the position of DVC (Academic), and Prof. Ndifreke Udonwa DVC (Administration).

The Registrar is Mr. Moses O. Abang. Mrs. Beatrice Igwe is the University Bursar, and Dr. (Mrs.) Nkoyo Edem is the University Librarian.

University of Calabar – UNICAL | General Information

The University of Calabar was one of the foremost Nigerian Universities to automate students’ registration processes through the College Portal,and has taken a step further to automate her alumni relations which includes an online transcript request and processing first of its kind in the country.

The male students are known as Malabites, while the female students are Malabresses. The male hostel is called Malabo.

This was a result of challenges faced by the students at a time which coincided with the suffering experienced in Malabo by Nigerian deportees from Equatorial Guinea (whose capital is Malabo) at the time.


UNIVERSITY OF CALABAR PORTAL/WEBSITE: http://www.unical.edu.ng/

The university of Calabar has the following faculties:

  • The college of Medical Sciences
  • Faculties of Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Institute of Public Policy and Administration
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Biological Sciences
  • Faculty of Physical Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Institute of Oceanography
  • Graduate School
  • University of Calabar Consultancy Services
University of Calabar – UNICAL | General Information and Community!

University of Calabar – UNICAL | General Information and Community!

Notable alumni of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) are:

  • Godswill Obot Akpabio, former governor of Akwa Ibom State & Current Senate Minority Leader
  • Queeneth Agbor, actress
  • Biko Agozino,’criminologist
  • Isabella Ayuk, MBGN 2012
  • Grace Folashade Bent, politician
  • Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, actress
  • Ini Edo, actress
  • Regina Askia actress -left before graduation
  • Reuben Abati, Lawyer/writer
  • Stacey B. Day, Ntufam Ajan of Oban
  • Omotu Bissong, model/television presenter
  • John Odey, former minister
  • Chukwuemeka Ngozichineke Wogu, minister
  • Osita Izunaso, politician
  • Victor Ndoma-Egba, politician
  • Stephanie Okereke, actress
  • Owens Wiwa, human rights activist
  • John James Akpan Udo-Edehe, politician
  • Aloysius Akpan Etok, politician
  • Uche Jombo, actress
  • Alex Ekubo, actor/model
  • Iyanya, singer/songwriter/performer

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