Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (UMYU), formerly Katsina State University was established by the Katsina State Government out of the desire to improve access to higher education for its citizenry. The work was initiated by the then executive Governor of Katsina State and later the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Yar'adua before his death. The law establishing the Katsina State University was passed by the Katsina State House of Assembly on 5 September 2006. The University commenced academic activities in January 2007 with three faculties(Education, Humanities & Natural and Applied Sciences), and 16 undergraduate programmes. The university will build upon existing academic strength, a total of 13 faculties, 76 departments and 236 academic programmes (undergraduate and postgraduate) at the end of its 25-year period of its academic phasing, which is divided into four years each. The Visitor of the University is any serving governor of the state, the current being Aminu Bello Masari, the Chancellor is Nigeria's one-time minister of Economic Development, Dr. Umaru Mutallab, and current Vice Chancellor is professor Idris Isah Funtua.