The Enugu State University of Science & Technology (ESUT) as it is known today was founded as Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) by the then government of His Excellency Chief Dr. Jim Ifeanyichukwu Nwobodo the Executive Governor of old Anambra State through edict number 7 of 30th July, 1980. ASUTECH was established as non-residential University, having a multi-campus arrangement. At inception, it had a peculiar administrative structure with a President as the Chief Executive Officer.
The Governor of the old Anambra State then being aware of the admission problem confronting the people of old Anambra State, quickly decided to set up the Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH) in line with the technological bent of the people. Within few years of its founding, ASUTECH blazed the trail in the design and fabrication of the first ever made in Nigeria computer system, the ASUTECH 801 series.
A renowned scholar, Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike (of blessed memory) was appointed its first President. The main campus was at the compound of the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Independence Layout, Enugu while the other campuses were located at Awka, Nnewi and Abakaliki.
The Enugu campus commenced lectures on 30th October, 1980. Formal lectures began at Awka campus on 3rd February, 1981. The Nnewi and Abakaliki campuses could not commence operation until 1987 due to logistic difficulties.
In June 1985, the University authorities saw the compelling need to expand the programmes to include the faculties of Education, Environmental Sciences, Law, Social Sciences and Management Sciences.
This University edict of 1980 changed the administrative structure to the conventional system of University administration in Nigeria with the Vice Chancellor as the Chief Executive.
Following the creation of Enugu State out of the old Anambra State in 1991 by the then Military President, General Ibrahim Gbadamosi Babangida, ASUTECH metamorphosed into Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) while the campuses at Awka and Nnewi became the nucleus of the new Anambra State University, which would later become Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. ESUT, however, adopted and retained the identities of ASUTECH, including its motto, colour, logo, philosophy, aims and objectives.
Four years after the creation of Enugu State, the young Enugu State had to forfeit the Abakaliki campus to the newly created Ebonyi State. The College of Medicine had to be moved to Nsukka and the College of Agriculture to Enugu as Faculty of Agriculture. In August 2005, the College of Medicine at Nsukka relocated to Parklane Hospital premises in Enugu. It is now housing a world class College of Medicine operating under ultra-modern structures and facilities built by the then Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani.
The college has graduated four (4) sets of Medical Doctors. The first being in 2010. Currently, all the arms of the preclinical and clinical departments are equipped for training of medical doctors.
Meanwhile both BSc Anatomy and BSc Medical Laboratory Science programmes have taken off in the college. Also Post Graduate Programme in Anatomy has gone a long way. A new Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences has been created in the college and a new Dean has been appointed for the Faculty. A new programme for the award of BSc Nursing will soon take off in the college. With this development, it is expected that the college of Medicine will be renamed "College of Medicine and Health Sciences".
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