Higher Education in Benin

The government has devoted more than 4% of GDP to education since 2009. In 2015, public expenditure amounted to 4.4% of GDP, according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Within total education expenditure, Benin devotes quite a large share to higher education: 0.97% of GDP in 2015.

Between 2009 and 2011, the share of young people enrolled at university rose from 10% to 12% of the 18-25 age cohort, one of the highest ratios in West Africa. Student enrollment in tertiary education doubled between 2006 and 2011 from 50,225 to 110,181. These statistics encompass not only bachelor's, master's and PhD programmes but also non-degree post-secondary education.

The National University of Benin system maintains ten branches:
The Campus of Abomey Calavi
The Faculty of Economics and Management (FASEG)
The Faculty of Law and Political Science (FADESP)
The Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FLASH)
The Faculty of Science and Technology (FAST)
The Faculty of Health Science (FSS)
The University of Parakou (UNIPAR)
The School of Applied Economics and Management (ENEAM)
The National School of Administration and Prosecutor Training (ENAM)
The Poly Technical School of Abomey Calavi (EPAC)
The Teachers' Training School of Porto-Novo (ENS)
The Institute of Mathematics and Physics (IMSP)
The Faculty Agricultural Science (FSA)
America Benin (AB)
Each branch is headed by a university president.

Some private higher institutions are accredited by the Ministry of National Education. Altogether 94 higher institutions are accredited.

Grading system for thesis defense
Passing: 10-12
Fairly good grade: 12
Good grade: 14-15
Very good grade: 16-17
Excellent grade: 18-20

Leading private universities
African School of Economics (ASE)
ASSI University