Yusuf Maitama Sule University, formerly Northwest University was established in 2012 as the second state-owned University in Kano, the first being Kano University of Science and Technology, (KUST) Wudil. As the most populated state in the country, Kano experienced increasing demand for University education in order to accommodate the huge number of secondary school leavers. Accordingly, and-in order to address this demand, the Government set up a Technical Committee on 24th November 2011 and charged it with the responsibility of producing a blueprint for another University. The Committee submitted its report and subsequently the State House of Assembly enacted the enabling law. Subsequently, the National Universities Commission (NUC) granted license for the establishment of the Northwest University now Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano as the 37th State University in the Country. In 2012, the University commenced academic activities with four Faculties, fourteen Academic Departments and 28 programmes duly approved by the NUC.
Having successfully taken off, the University has attained appreciable progress in teaching, research and community services. As at 2019, there were 33 programmes offered in the University. In 2019, the University produced its third set of graduates. Presently, the University has six campuses, namely the Main Campus; the City Campus; the Kwanar Dawaki Campus, the Murtala Muhammad Library Campus, the Dowakin Tofa Campus and the Magwan Campus. There are five faculties comprising of Basic Medical Sciences, Education, Humanities, Sciences and Social and Management Sciences. The University also has a College of Clinical Sciences and an Institute of Continuing Education.
In addition, the University has qualified human resources and appreciable physical facilities that place it on a sound footing to start postgraduate programmes. The University has also sufficiently met the conditions for mounting postgraduate programmes, which include producing two sets of graduates and securing full accreditation for at least 25% of its programmes.
The successes recorded in the undergraduate programmes of the University, which have secured NUC’s full accreditation (27 programmes as at 2020) encouraged the management of the University to set up a Committee in 2018 for the establishment of a School of Postgraduate Studies to commence Postgraduate Diplomas, Masters and PhD programmes. The Committee completed its assignment, and following the recommendations of the Academic Development Committee (ADC), and the Senate, the proposed postgraduate programmes have been forwarded to the NUC for resource verification.
The proposed Postgraduate Programmes that are due for resource verification as recommended by the NUC are as follows: