FUK is one of the new Federal Universities established by the Federal Government of Nigeria to increase access and ensure equity among all the States of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory in terms of the presence of Federal Tertiary Institutions.

Gombe has been a citadel of learning from early times. It is among the early recipients of Islamic culture and teachings, in the wake of the Islamic jihad of the 1800’s. It has by no small means played a key role in the propagation of the teachings and practice of Islam. That early status has played out in the town’s subsequent emergence as a key resource centre for Islamic Teaching and scholarship.

A little afterwards, missionary activities took a stronghold in the predominantly Christian areas, South East of Gombe. In those areas, the teaching of Christianity was also to be well integrated alongside western education.

With this rich culture of learning though, there was never to develop, any conscious attempt towards articulating those early backgrounds, into the science of modern educational developments. Those early advantages of scholarship have therefore not been exploited towards develop needs, since in any case, the State lacked any visible tertiary institution for that purpose. FUK once established therefore, shall strive and survive on a fertile terrain, in which scholarship can be sustained from legacy and culture of teaching and learning.