AL-HIKMAH UNIVERSITY, ILORIN-NIGERIA was established in 2005 by the Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji Islamic Foundation (AROIF), Nigeria. The University came into existence via the granting of Operating License to run as a Conventional Private University by the Federal Government of Nigeria License No. 010 on 7th January, 2005. It commenced academic activities during the 2005/2006 academic session with 70 students spread across the three (3) take-off Colleges: Humanities, Management Sciences and Natural Sciences. By the beginning of the 2012/2013 academic session, Al-Hikmah University could showcase four (4) colleges with the addition of College of Education, and a students’ population of about three thousand (3000).
Al-Hikmah University stands out among Nigerian Universities as a private conventional university with a well-articulated mission of promoting both academic and moral excellence for the good of the Nigerian nation in particular and for furthering the course of humanity in general.
The overall goal of the University is summed up in its motto: "Learning for Wisdom and Morality". The curriculum of our Noble Institution is geared towards promoting academic excellence and also ensuring moral and spiritual uprightness of our youths, most especially in the face of the imposing vicious challenges posed to humanity at large at the wake of the 21st Century.
Not only this, we are poised to contribute to the economic growth of the nation through offering employment opportunities to all, irrespective of political, social, religious, gender, racial or ethnic affiliations. From its inception to date, the institution has continued to grow and develop in its quantity and quality of human, physical and material resources.
Like a Trojan horse, we began our race with calculated trotting steps. But with the vision and mission statements of the University as our propelling force at heart, we have galloped into full speed of launching scholarship with a uniqueness of some sort.
Of course we realize that we are far from being there, but at least we beat our chest and thank Allah Subhana wa Ta’ala that we have not derailed from our set course and goals. Four times we have turned out crop of graduates, who have been well baked and steeped in the Al- Hikmah rigorous academic tradition. Those students have satisfied and fulfilled the academic and moral requirements upon which the award of the degrees of this university are based. They are the worthy ambassadors of this noble citadel of learning. The curriculum of Al-hikmah University is solidly built on the tenets of Islam, which is rare to come by in contemporary institutions of higher learning, especially in Nigeria.
Professor S. A. Abdulkareem