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Aerial View of Spiritan University Nneochi


Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), one of the nation’s top Catholic, faith-based and conventional Private Universities in Nigeria, located in Umunneochi, one of the rural Local Government Areas in Abia State, Nigeria was established by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East in 2017. The Congregation is an International Religious Order in the Catholic Church founded in France on May 27, 1703. The members of this Religious Order began their educational and evangelization work in Nigeria in 1885.

Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) was approved and licensed on December 6, 2017 by the Federal Executive Council (Government) of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Universities Commission (NUC) Nigeria to operate as a Private and Conventional University. As a University, Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN) commenced academic activities in the 2018/2019 academic Session, with fifteen (15) departments/programmes in the Faculties of Natural & Applied Sciences, Arts, Management and Social Sciences. Also established at this time are the Units of General and Entrepreneurial Studies.


Executive Secretary, Prof Abubakar Adamu Rasheed presenting the Provisional License to Representatives of the Proprietors of Spiritan University Nneochi at Abuja on December 6, 2017
Representatives of the Proprietors of Spiritan University Nneochi at the presentation of Provisional Licence at Abuja on December 6, 2017
A group photograph of the NUC Executive Secretary and FME Officials with Representatives of the Proprietors of Spiritan University Nneochi at the presentation of Provisional Licence in Abuja on December 6, 2017

As one of the nation’s top Catholic (faith-based) private Universities, it is the only Institution of tertiary education of its kind in Nigeria owned by Spiritans. It is on record that Spiritan University Nneochi is the second full-fledged University owned by Spiritans worldwide, the first being Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit, Pittsburgh, USA founded in October 1878. Spiritan University Nneochi therefore shares the great and deep traditional education values, which Spiritans have been identified with for centuries. These same values, SUN is propagating by providing opportunities for the inculcation of academic excellence, positive value orientation through the acquisition, conservation, dissemination and application of knowledge for the production of globally competitive graduates.

A cross section of the Proprietors, BOT and PIC members of Spiritan University Nneochi as Planning & Implementation Committee hands over to SUN Administrative Team


Administrative Block, Spiritan University Nneochi

Through partnerships with the laity and religious, government and non-governmental agencies or organisations, the University serves God and humanity by providing experiential learning driven by its motto “Learning for Industry and Dignity” through:

  • Wholistic commitment to excellence, liberal and experiential education
  • Profound concern for moral, ethical and spiritual values
  • Strong position on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults
  • Maintaining an ecumenical atmosphere open to diversity
  • Serving humanity: the community, the nation, and the world, especially the most disadvantaged
  • Special attention on Quality University Education that equips and empowers the poor and marginalized; that stands for justice, peace, integrity of creation and respect for others
  • Mindful of human capital needs of the nation and the world, especially in the context of Millennium Development Goals

Scope of services that is second to none.


University Canteen

The proprietors of Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN), members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Province of Nigeria South East, have invested and continue to invest significantly in the development of personnel and infrastructural facilities in the quest to realise these set objectives and goals of the Institution. The availability of these high quality facilities and personnel resources was partly responsible for the recommendation and subsequent approval of Spiritan University Nneochi by the relevant Nigerian Higher Education Bodies to operate as a University. It is to be noted that the University successfully scaled through all the Fourteen (14) rigorous Steps for the Establishment of Private Universities in Nigeria.

Female Hostel Area


Male Hostel


Students’ Lounge & Indoor Games Facility


University Clinic


Currently, the University Clinic is a six-bed-space facility with basic offices, spaces and equipment, serving a University community of about 200 persons (staff and students). The University Clinic is planned to be a Medical Centre and Hospital, with at least 215 bed-spaces when fully developed. The space for expansion is provided for in the University’s Master Plan.

Library & ICT Centre Complex


The University is purposely designed and located in this rural community to be a “Growth Pole” factor with its expected economic and social multiplier effects when fully developed.

A Section of Intermediate Staff Quarters



How do you know if you will fit in here at Spiritan University Nneochi (SUN)? The happiest and most successful Spiritan University students are those who want more than a degree. SUN students want to expand their academic knowledge and skills while also learning more about themselves and making a difference in the community and the world around them. Do you hunger for Quality University Education that also equips for the empowerment of the poor and marginalized; that stands for justice, peace, integrity of creation and respect for others? Then come to Spiritan University Nneochi, Abia State – Nigeria. Think Education, Think Spiritan.

SUN Spiritan Community Residence