The Visioner of the University, His Eminence, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, who until August 2012, was the Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos and has since been succeeded by Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins nursed the idea of establishing a University.
It is worthy of note that the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos has since 1973 promoted educational development in its territory. This led to the establishment of many primary and secondary schools. In a bid to foster qualitative higher education, the Archdiocese established St. Augustine's College of Education, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos; the first privately-owned college of education in Nigeria. In furtherance to this, a decision was taken to establish Augustine University. A decision informed by the belief of the Proprietor that higher education plays a crucial role in our modern world since it is a key source of ideas and innovation. It is equally in recognition of this fact and the need to expand access to higher education in the country that the Federal Government of Nigeria granted permission to corporate bodies and organizations to establish private Universities provided these meet the required criteria.
This necessitated the Visioner to set up a planning and implementation committee under the chairmanship of a retired Professor of the University of Ibadan, Professor Joseph O. Obemeata. Members of the Committee were to 'midwife' the setting up of a world class institution of higher learning that will attract and prepare intelligent and talented young men and women from diverse background within Nigeria and beyond, for all-round training and development.
Augustine University is located on 153.84 hectares of land between latitudes 6 degrees 39.194'N and 6 degrees 39.475'N of the Equator and longitudes 4 degrees 00.310'E and 4 degrees 01.263'E for classrooms, office accommodations, students' hostels, students' library, laboratories, workshops, staff quarters and other facilities. The University site is located along Igbonla Road in Ilara-Epe, Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
The site, comprising mostly farmlands was massed up from individuals and out-lying communities at the centre of which is the Ilara community. Other out-lying communities include Odo-Ragunsin on the Ijebu Ode-Epe Road, Odo-Yangunsin, the North-Eastern neighbour of Ilara and together with Igboye at the extreme northern end. There are also Ibonwon and Odo-Suola communities on the southern flanks of Ilara community.
The mission of the University is to "Foster Student Learning Through High Quality, Career-oriented Education, Integrating Personal Development, Technology, Business and Management". Augustine University will deliver practitioner-oriented undergraduate and postgraduate programmes to meet the needs of diverse student population.
The University vision is "to be the leading global provider of career-oriented educational services". Augustine University will create value for society and all its stakeholders by offering superior, responsive educational programmes that are supported by exceptional service to students, and delivered with integrity and accountability.
The motto of the University is "Pro Scientia Et Moribus" meaning "For Learning and Character"