The long history of Westland University began Sometime in 1984, when the Proprietor of Westland University, Dr Engr. Wole Adepoju, a structural Engineer graduate at MIT Massachusetts established the Cedarspring Technical Institute, as part of his contribution to the development and growth of technological education in Nigeria. The establishment of the institute was also a demonstration of Dr Engr. Adepoju’s commitment to assisting the numerous struggling youths to achieve their lofty aims of developing themselves and the country in technological advancement and innovations.
Cedarspring Technical Institute started as a purely vocational institute for preparing candidates for West African School Certificate and the City and Guilds of London Examinations. In 1993, Engineer Adepoju established the Wolex Computer Academy, a Computer Training School located at Baruwa, Ipaja Road, Lagos. This gave birth to Wolex Polytechnic which was registered with the Federal Government of Nigeria in 1993.
The dream of Dr Engr. Wole Adepoju was further enhanced by the Federal Government of Nigeria’s realization that, with a population of about 150 million people based on 2006 national census, Nigeria would need about 100 universities by the year 2010 in order to bring the national higher education participation rate in line with the recommendations of UNESCO. Government, therefore, rightly identified the potentials of the private sector in the area of developing tertiary education and initiated bold steps to allow individuals, companies and other corporate organizations incorporated in Nigeria to own universities. In pursuance of the vision of the Proprietor, a University Development Implementation Committee consisting of professionals, renowned academic planners, University administrators, engineers, urban and regional planners, and legal luminaries was set up in September 2006 to work out the modalities for establishing a private University that would be achievement-driven. The envisioned University is to be such that would be global in outlook and locally impactful.