Saint Paul’s College, Awka on which site the Paul University is located at the first instance, as take-off site, was founded by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) of the Church of England (Anglican) in 1904, as a college for the training of Church workers and teachers of various categories.
The Church Missionary Society (CMS) was an evangelical arm of the Church of England that brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Nigeria and founded both the Yoruba and the Niger Missions, in the mid 19th Century. The Niger Mission, based at Onitsha, became the Diocese on the Niger from which all the dioceses east of the Niger emerged. All these dioceses are in communion with the Church of England hence the appellation “Anglican Communion”. It is these dioceses east of the Niger and south of Kogi, Benue and Taraba States that are co-operating to establish the Paul University, Awka.
Location of the University
Both sites of the Paul University at Awka (the take-off site) and Oji River (the permanent site) are on the Enugu-Onitsha expressway and thus easily accessible from the city centre of Awka, the capital of Anambra State, and from Enugu the capital of Enugu State . Both sites also can boast of an ideal academic environment where students and staff, under Christian discipline and administrative guidance, will not be distracted, and thus will concentrate on their studies.