Established October 1, 1991 by the Federal Government of Nigeria, University of Uyo inherited students, staff, academic programmes and the entire facilities of erstwhile University of Cross River established by the then Cross River State Government in 1983. Academic activities commenced in 1991/92 session.
The Universtiy of UNO aims to be a centre of academic excellence by utilizing the available human and technological resources for teaching, research, community service and sustainable development.
With this in mind they established the Facutly of Environmental Studies. This faculty offers different degrees in the field of sustainable development such as a post graduate degree in environmental management.