Bells University of Technology, Ota,is Nigeria's First Private University of Technology. It was granted operational license on 9th June, 2005 and commenced operation on 1st July, of the same year.
The idea of Bells University of Technology was conceived following the desire of the Bells Educational Foundation to establish a unique University where the good foundation given to products of its Secondary School and other Secondary Schools could be built upon.
To ensure uniqueness, the Foundation decided to establish a University that would offer courses which would support relevant and sustainable technologies that were transferable, ICT-driven, and at the cutting edge of Science and Technology. In order to realize its dream, the Bells Educational Foundation obtained an application form for the establishment of a Private University from the National Universities Commission (NUC) on 10th January, 2002 and submitted the application forms on 10th November, 2004.
A Planning and Implementation Committee was subsequently constituted, made up of former Vice-Chancellors of reputable Universities, top Academic staff and seasoned University Planners under the able Chairmanship of Prof. Tekena N. Tamuno, OFR, CON, a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan and seasoned University Administrator.
The Committee also benefitted tremendously from the expertise and guidance of some high ranking officials of the NUC.
On 9th June, 2005, the Bells Educational Foundation was issued with a license for the operation of a private University; Bells University of Technology. In view of the desire to commence both administrative and academic activities at the University within the Academic Session, NUC approved that the Ota site situated along Bells Drive, off Ota-Idiroko road, which had physical structures and some facilities in place, would serve as the take-off site of the University.
An Ad-Hoc Implementation Committee was constituted to work out the modalities for the commencement of operations at the University on 1st July, 2005. The Governing Council and the Board of Trustees held their inaugural meetings on Wednesday, 20th July, 2005 and Friday, 29th July, 2005, respectively. Council recommended to the inaugural meeting of the Board of Trustees that the Board should approve the maintenance of a two-campus University by taking over the entire Bells Comprehensive Secondary School (Ota Campus) and the Badagry Campus for the University’s water-related programmes, such as Fisheries & Aquaculture, Marine Engineering and for further development of the new University.
On Sunday, 23rd October and Monday, 24th October 2005, a significant step in the history of our young University was registered with the arrival of the first few students for clearance and payment of school fees. A total of 58 students registered for various programmes in the three take-off Colleges namely; Natural and Applied Sciences (COLNAS), Food Sciences (COLFOODS) and Information & Communications Technology (COLICT).