University of Sierra Leone


Founded in 1827, Fourah Bay College (FBC) became a University College under a Royal Charter in 1960 from the University of Durham to which it had been affi liated since 1876. The College was merged with Njala University College (NUC) in 1967 to become the University of Sierra Leone with a federal system.

The University Act of 1972 transformed the University into a unitary structure comprising FBC and NUC. Two constituents namely the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM) and the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) were added to the University of Sierra Leone in 1980 and 1988, respectively.


The 2005 Universities Act restructured the system of higher education in Sierra Leone, producing two Universities namely, the Njala University and the University of Sierra Leone, comprising FBC, COMAHS and IPAM, which runs a wide range of faculties and departments as, indicated below:

  1. FBC has four faculties: Arts, Engineering and Architecture, Pure and Applied Sciences and Social Sciences and Law
  2. IPAM has been restructured into a Faculty of Management Sciences comprising: Department of Banking and Finance, Department of Accountancy, Department of Information Systems and Technology, Department of Business Administration and Entrepreneurship and Department of Governance and Leadership
  3. COMAHS has four faculties: Basic Medical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Nursing

‘ We consider our students as the very purpose of our being in the service of the university and therefore make it a priority to  give them prompt and efficient services. The University is doing all within the limit of its resources to provide an environment for our students, to make learning less stressful and a relaxed activity.’


Prof. Ekundayo J.D. Thompson, the new Acting Vice-Chancellor, is a renowned academic and an education specialist. He is also the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of IPAM. As a former Deputy Dean of Campus, he provides continuity in management besides a sharpened strategic focus to an institution that is positioning itself not only to adequately respond to the social change dynamics in a post-confl ict environment, but also to the new and emerging development needs that are unfolding.

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