BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Business Administration started in 1966 with just 10 students pursuing the undergraduate degree programs in Business administration, with the first set of students graduating in 1970. It is located at the Kongo Campus of the University and is one of the four academic departments of the Faculty of Administration. The other departments are the Department of Accounting, the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Local Government Studies. Research and Consultancy. The Departments of Accounting and Business Administration together make up the Business school.
The department of Business Administration has transformed from the modest beginning of only 10 students into the largest and most extensive of all academic Departments in the University in terms of staff and students population, number of programmes and courses. Currently, it offers a 4 year degree programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with specialization in Actuarial Science, Banking and Finance, Management and Marketing. The Department also runs the Master of Business Administration (Graduate) programme both at Full-Time (24 months) and Part-time (36 months). In addition, there is the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) that runs on Part-Time (12 months). M.Sc. Bus. Admin. Full-Time (12 months) and the PhD Programme in Business Administration.
The MBA full time programme of the Department of Business Administration started in 1980 with a few students. In 1990, the part-time programmme introduced and the Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) was also introduced in 1997.
Our MBA programme is very unique due to the following reasons:
i) The programmme is entirely on-campus
ii) Entrance Examination is conducted prior to
iii) Interaction with students on the Internet;
iv) Separation of MBA and PGDM into distinct areas
of study, and charging of moderate and affordable
v) Students who could not pay the mandatory school
fees are given chance to pay part and complete
the payment before the end of the session
vi) The student population of the Department is
drawn from all parts of the country including
some foreign countries.
Since its inception to date, the Department has produced large number of graduates for the economy particularly in the area of Management, some of whom are today occupying very important and strategic management positions in both the public and private sectors of the economy in Nigeria and beyond. Academic Programmes ultimately gain their validity and relevance only to the extent they are responsive to and address problems of the society, thereby enhancing the quality of life and general well being of society. The legitimacy of academic programmes lies in their ability to meet the needs and aspiration of the environment.
The Nigerian economy in particular and the global economic system in general have undergone series of significant changes which have created new trends, various developments,
new need and dramatic changes in all economic, educational, technological and social needs. Therefore, in the quest for validity, relevance, efficiency, ability, and capacity to meet the challenges of the 21st century, it has become imperative for the Department of Business Administration to strategically reposition itself.