The promoter of the Edwin Clark University (ECU), Chief Edwin K. Clark, had as far back as 1968 been aware of developmental role of education. As a consequence of this awareness, he has been a strong advocate for the establishment of educational institutions focused on identified aspects of national development, it was from this perspective that he committedly pursed the improvement of the standards and quality of education in the defunct Midwest State when he became its Commissioner for Education in January ,1968.
It was therefore not surprising that it was during his tenure as Commissioner for Education (under the government of Ogbemudia), that the Midwest government decided and established the University of Benin (UNIBEN). He was the first Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of that University. Based on his very early recognition of the critical role of technology education in national development, he was appointed Pro-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Minna in 1983.
Arising from his abiding interest in the role of education in national development, Chief Edwin Clark proposed that the Edwin Clark University be established.
Founded in May, 2015, Edwin Clark University is poised to offer an academically rigorous education in a creative community where learning and values meet, fostering in students the qualities of mind and heart that are creative, prepare them to reach their full potential as informed citizens of their communities, Nigeria and the world at large. Personal and social responsibility are central to our theme and our values, just as are our intellectual development, personal and spiritual growth, as responsible global citizens.