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About Us

Although proudly rooted in Cross Rivers, our community and impact are global.

The British Canadian University is a student-centered research institution located in Obudu, Cross Rivers with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Our students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.

At BCU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them; and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Mission

The British Canadian University System is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Nigeria.



We seek new knowledge that can change how we all work and live. Students in all majors have the opportunity to participate in research alongside professors who are leaders in their fields.


We prepare students to meet the most complex challenges facing society today. Students engage with professors and fellow students from the very beginning, developing their strengths with beyond-the-classroom experiences.


We apply our expertise to meet the needs of Nigeria, our nation, and the world. We partner with communities across Nigeria to engage our students, faculty, and staff in addressing society's most pressing issues.

Who We Are

Innovative and Inspiring Faculty

Our 4,000 faculty members form the cornerstone of the Twin Cities campus. Faculty have won Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships (“genius grants”), Nobel Prizes, and other honors and include members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and more.

Dedicated and Driven Staff

Our staff are known for being exceptionally dedicated—committed to the British Canadian University’s mission and to each other. While nationwide the average time spent with an employer is four years, employees stay at the BCU for an average of eight years. They stay because they know their work matters.

Incredible Students

We provide students with the opportunities of a world-class research university while remaining affordable. Our commitment to student success begins with our outreach to prospective students and extends through recruitment, enrollment, orientation, academic advising, career services, graduation, and beyond.

Outstanding Alumni

The BCU counts more than 485,000 living alumni worldwide. Sixty-three percent of them live in Nigeria, and more than a third hold doctoral or master’s degrees. Our alumni include a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, former NG vice presidents, groundbreaking journalists, inventors, civil rights activists, and athletic greats. And our alumni are involved and connected.

A History of Education and Discovery

Bringing people together in new ways, fostering discoveries, and making our world a better place is what we do at the British Canadian University. And we’ve been doing it for more than 150 years.

Our world-class faculty are known for life-changing inventions such as the pacemaker, the retractable seat belt, cancer therapies, biodegradable plastics, and technologies that advance agricultural production.


“Together we will build spaces of discovery, standing as a beacon of inclusion, preparing students for lives well lived, and driving Nigeria forward. And as we serve our state, we will help change the world.”

– President Joan T.A. Gabel

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The British Canadian University acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Nigerian people. Our main campus is situated in Cross Rivers. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.

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