Established in September 2005 as The Fatima Institute, the college was granted university status in August 2009, and assumed the name University of Makeni, or UNIMAK. Now with more than one thousand two hundred students, the College seeks to promote the religious, political, social and economic development of the people of Africa through providing a public forum which allows the Church to make widely known, in creative dialogue, Christian convictions about man, woman, family, work, economy, society, politics, international life and the environment. It is a place of listening, respect and tolerance.

The university is a member of the Association of African Universities (AAU), and a  member of the United Nations Academic Impact.