A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of English Studies started in 1975 with the responsibility of preparing students for the award of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in what was then the Rivers State College of Education. It comprised two Departments: the Department of English Language and the Department of
Literature.

The Department started its Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) programme in 1981 after the College was upgraded to a degree-awarding institution. In 1993, the two departments were merged into one Department of English.

The change of name from Department of English to the Department of English Studies took effect in 2009 with the new status of the institution as University of Education.

Vision

To be among the best Departments of English Studies in tertiary institutions in the country, and to produce graduates who would distinguish themselves anywhere in the world.


Mission

To attract and train high calibre students to become first-rate English Language and literary students, through the use of creative and conscientious staff who are committed to building a unique university of education in Nigeria, Africa and the world.

Philosophy

The philosophy of the programme is based on the fact that English is an official language, a second language as well as lingual Franca in Nigeria. It is also the language of instruction in the educational system. Therefore, high level of proficiency and competence in oral and written communication is expected from graduate of English. The graduates from the Department of English. Studies of this University should be clearly and positively identified with adequate proficiency in pronunciation, correctness of grammar, elegance in style and diction. They should also show mastery in the choice and appropriate varieties of English for various administrative and professional job opportunities available in the labour market. They should be able to function effectively in literary and creative writing domains.

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History of the Department

The Department was established in 1978 with initial staff strength of Three (3) Lecturers and a student’s population of six (6) Candidates for the Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) programme. However, with an increase in student population, the staff strength increased to thirteen (13) and non-academic staff strength of four (4) was added. The department trained NCE teachers of the following categories:

Fine Arts l English Language

Fine Arts l History

Fine Arts/Christian Religious Studies

Fine Arts/French

Fine Arts/Geography

In 1982, the first set of Bachelor of Education students in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts (FAA) were admitted; these graduated in 1984. Throughout this period, the department at the B.Ed. level serviced the general course, 'Basics of Arts.' The course was designed to introduce general concepts of Fine and Applied Arts, their elements, principles and some basic forms of Al1 History and Art appreciation to non-Arts students. But this course was stopped in 2004 and yet to be continued.

In 2010, the Rivers State College of Education was by law upgraded to the status of a full-fledged University and was named after the last college's Governing Council Chairman, Late Ambassador Ignatius Ajuru. Thus, the name of the institution was changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (l.A.U.E). Meanwhile, the Department of Fine and Applied Arts has also enlarged its Degree course contents. The Department of Fine and Applied Arts now has in addition to us, its specialization Studio disciplines of Painting, Graphic Design, Ceramics, Sculpture and Textile. Design with their studios. Studio attendants, male and female models are also at the service of the various units. The academic staff strength has improved in status and number up to 20 and we now have a Professor as the Head of Department.

Standardization and the improvement of quality, for example, all examination results are subjected to both internal and external moderation. The Bachelor of Arts in Education Degree (BA. Ed.) has been upgraded with the addition of a mandatory requirement for all final year students: Internship for Teaching Practice (T.P.) and Industrial Training (LT.) (for a period of six (6) months). The Department of Fine and Applied Arts now offers five study disciplines, namely Sculpture, Textile Design, Painting, Ceramics and Graphic Design.

The Bachelor of Arts education degree shall be issued to students who successfully complete the four (4) year intensive course of study and the Mandatory Internships, Teaching Practice (T.P.) and Industrial Training (IT.).

All Question Papers and examination results are committed to internal and external moderation for standardization; so far, the results are impressive. In the past few years, the department has been active and contributed to the development of the university. The Department was engaged in the design and production of the university logo and the sculpture relief sign writing of the university gate. The Department remains ready to support the efforts of the Physical Planning unit of the IAUE.

Philosophy of the Department

General Philosophy

This Department is concerned with the responsibility of providing an opportunity for learning which responds to the academic needs and ethical challenges of its students and of the society.

Aims and Objectives

The Department embraces the Fine and Applied Arts tradition and is committed to a vibrant curriculum, including a General Education programme, which is both scholarly and humanistically enlarging.

To provide an educational environment dedicated to enhancing each student's development, both as an individual and as a member of society.

To prepare students to become responsible, productive citizens and lifelong learners, encouraging them to contribute to their communities, nations and in a complex world.

To provide an excellent background to not only enrich one's daily existence, but also offers a firm foundation for mastery, skills and the ability to utilize the ever-changing technology.

To improve the ability to recognize and conduct valid educational research and to incorporate research based instruction in lessons and units of instruction.

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The Department of French can be said to have started with the inception of the former Rivers State College of Education as in advanced Teacher Training College after the Nigerian civil war in 1970. This was after the Ministry of Education had recommended its take-off leading to its temporary quarters being opened at the Catholic mission of Stella Maris College on June 14, 1971 with an initial intake of 116 students. In January 1972, the College moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D/Line, Port Harcourt.

French was already being taught as a course but only at the very elementary level with such subject as French grammar and essay writing at the basic level. The first known Acting Head of Department of French as a unit was Dr. Thaddeus J. Elijah whose stay was regrettable short owing to an accident that led to his demise while in active service. His successor, Mrs. Grace N. Offor resumed office in 1977, and with the help of Dr. Pal Obanya (now Emeritus Professor) who served as external examiner to the College. Other courses such as French Literature and French methodology were introduced. Dr. Obanya assisted by providing the scheme of work for the listed courses from the University of Ibadan and these were adapted for teaching in the Department of French. Other courses were subsequently added until the Department assumed a full-fledged status, culminating in its being chosen as one of the pilot Department of French in Nigerian Universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the French Embassy Nigeria sometimes in 1998. It is worthy of note that up until the 1981/1982 academic year when the College started admitting students for the B.Ed. Degree programme, students graduated with a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) after three years of study. The college then ran a remedial studies programme which proved to be a sure recruitment point for the Department of French, as most of its students were admitted from the programme. Indeed, the establishment of the remedial studies unit was a successful recruitment strategy for the College especially as its objective included:

  1. Helping students to remedy courses in which they had deficient grades
  2. Facilitating entry admission condition units of the college; and
  3. Strengthening the student's population admission into not-too-popular departments such as French. Mathematics Music.

Incidentally, one of the members of the Department and former Acting Dean of the School of Languages. Mrs. G.N. Offor, once served as Director of Remedial Studies from September 1987 to September 1990.

With the advent of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, the Remedial Programme was suspended and replaced with a Pre-Degree programme, which was in turn converted to Basic Studies programme. This greatly affected student's intake into the Department of French as students were required to possess a credit pass in French at the WAEC or NECO level before admission.

A remarkable event took place in 2009 when the Rivers State Government in furtherance to its desire to provide opportunities for high quality education for citizens of the State, decided to convert the Rivers State University of Education. The act was established by the University of Education Law No.8 of 2009 of the Rivers State Government which was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on October 15th 2009 and assented to by his Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State on October 20th 2009. The name of the university has officially been changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.

The Department of French can be said to have started with the inception of the former Rivers State College of Education as in advanced Teacher Training College after the Nigerian civil war in 1970. This was after the Ministry of Education had recommended its take-off leading to its temporary quarters being opened at the Catholic mission of Stella Maris College on June 14, 1971 with an initial intake of 116 students. In January 1972, the College moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D/Line, Port Harcourt.

French was already being taught as a course but only at the very elementary level with such subject as French grammar and essay writing at the basic level. The first known Acting Head of Department of French as a unit was Dr. Thaddeus J. Elijah whose stay was regrettable short owing to an accident that led to his demise while in active service. His successor, Mrs. Grace N. Offor resumed office in 1977, and with the help of Dr. Pal Obanya (now Emeritus Professor) who served as external examiner to the College. Other courses such as French Literature and French methodology were introduced. Dr. Obanya assisted by providing the scheme of work for the listed courses from the University of Ibadan and these were adapted for teaching in the Department of French. Other courses were subsequently added until the Department assumed a full-fledged status, culminating in its being chosen as one of the pilot Department of French in Nigerian Universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the French Embassy Nigeria sometimes in 1998. It is worthy of note that up until the 1981/1982 academic year when the College started admitting students for the B.Ed. Degree programme, students graduated with a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) after three years of study. The college then ran a remedial studies programme which proved to be a sure recruitment point for the Department of French, as most of its students were admitted from the programme. Indeed, the establishment of the remedial studies unit was a successful recruitment strategy for the College especially as its objective included:

  1. Helping students to remedy courses in which they had deficient grades
  2. Facilitating entry admission condition units of the college; and
  3. Strengthening the student's population admission into not-too-popular departments such as French. Mathematics Music.

Incidentally, one of the members of the Department and former Acting Dean of the School of Languages. Mrs. G.N. Offor, once served as Director of Remedial Studies from September 1987 to September 1990.

With the advent of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, the Remedial Programme was suspended and replaced with a Pre-Degree programme, which was in turn converted to Basic Studies programme. This greatly affected student's intake into the Department of French as students were required to possess a credit pass in French at the WAEC or NECO level before admission.

A remarkable event took place in 2009 when the Rivers State Government in furtherance to its desire to provide opportunities for high quality education for citizens of the State, decided to convert the Rivers State University of Education. The act was established by the University of Education Law No.8 of 2009 of the Rivers State Government which was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on October 15th 2009 and assented to by his Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State on October 20th 2009. The name of the university has officially been changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.

The Department of French can be said to have started with the inception of the former Rivers State College of Education as in advanced Teacher Training College after the Nigerian civil war in 1970. This was after the Ministry of Education had recommended its take-off leading to its temporary quarters being opened at the Catholic mission of Stella Maris College on June 14, 1971 with an initial intake of 116 students. In January 1972, the College moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D/Line, Port Harcourt.

French was already being taught as a course but only at the very elementary level with such subject as French grammar and essay writing at the basic level. The first known Acting Head of Department of French as a unit was Dr. Thaddeus J. Elijah whose stay was regrettable short owing to an accident that led to his demise while in active service. His successor, Mrs. Grace N. Offor resumed office in 1977, and with the help of Dr. Pal Obanya (now Emeritus Professor) who served as external examiner to the College. Other courses such as French Literature and French methodology were introduced. Dr. Obanya assisted by providing the scheme of work for the listed courses from the University of Ibadan and these were adapted for teaching in the Department of French. Other courses were subsequently added until the Department assumed a full-fledged status, culminating in its being chosen as one of the pilot Department of French in Nigerian Universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the French Embassy Nigeria sometimes in 1998. It is worthy of note that up until the 1981/1982 academic year when the College started admitting students for the B.Ed. Degree programme, students graduated with a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) after three years of study. The college then ran a remedial studies programme which proved to be a sure recruitment point for the Department of French, as most of its students were admitted from the programme. Indeed, the establishment of the remedial studies unit was a successful recruitment strategy for the College especially as its objective included:

  1. Helping students to remedy courses in which they had deficient grades
  2. Facilitating entry admission condition units of the college; and
  3. Strengthening the student's population admission into not-too-popular departments such as French. Mathematics Music.

Incidentally, one of the members of the Department and former Acting Dean of the School of Languages. Mrs. G.N. Offor, once served as Director of Remedial Studies from September 1987 to September 1990.

With the advent of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, the Remedial Programme was suspended and replaced with a Pre-Degree programme, which was in turn converted to Basic Studies programme. This greatly affected student's intake into the Department of French as students were required to possess a credit pass in French at the WAEC or NECO level before admission.

A remarkable event took place in 2009 when the Rivers State Government in furtherance to its desire to provide opportunities for high quality education for citizens of the State, decided to convert the Rivers State University of Education. The act was established by the University of Education Law No.8 of 2009 of the Rivers State Government which was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on October 15th 2009 and assented to by his Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State on October 20th 2009. The name of the university has officially been changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.

The Department of French can be said to have started with the inception of the former Rivers State College of Education as in advanced Teacher Training College after the Nigerian civil war in 1970. This was after the Ministry of Education had recommended its take-off leading to its temporary quarters being opened at the Catholic mission of Stella Maris College on June 14, 1971 with an initial intake of 116 students. In January 1972, the College moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D/Line, Port Harcourt.

French was already being taught as a course but only at the very elementary level with such subject as French grammar and essay writing at the basic level. The first known Acting Head of Department of French as a unit was Dr. Thaddeus J. Elijah whose stay was regrettable short owing to an accident that led to his demise while in active service. His successor, Mrs. Grace N. Offor resumed office in 1977, and with the help of Dr. Pal Obanya (now Emeritus Professor) who served as external examiner to the College. Other courses such as French Literature and French methodology were introduced. Dr. Obanya assisted by providing the scheme of work for the listed courses from the University of Ibadan and these were adapted for teaching in the Department of French. Other courses were subsequently added until the Department assumed a full-fledged status, culminating in its being chosen as one of the pilot Department of French in Nigerian Universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the French Embassy Nigeria sometimes in 1998. It is worthy of note that up until the 1981/1982 academic year when the College started admitting students for the B.Ed. Degree programme, students graduated with a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) after three years of study. The college then ran a remedial studies programme which proved to be a sure recruitment point for the Department of French, as most of its students were admitted from the programme. Indeed, the establishment of the remedial studies unit was a successful recruitment strategy for the College especially as its objective included:

  1. Helping students to remedy courses in which they had deficient grades
  2. Facilitating entry admission condition units of the college; and
  3. Strengthening the student's population admission into not-too-popular departments such as French. Mathematics Music.

Incidentally, one of the members of the Department and former Acting Dean of the School of Languages. Mrs. G.N. Offor, once served as Director of Remedial Studies from September 1987 to September 1990.

With the advent of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, the Remedial Programme was suspended and replaced with a Pre-Degree programme, which was in turn converted to Basic Studies programme. This greatly affected student's intake into the Department of French as students were required to possess a credit pass in French at the WAEC or NECO level before admission.

A remarkable event took place in 2009 when the Rivers State Government in furtherance to its desire to provide opportunities for high quality education for citizens of the State, decided to convert the Rivers State University of Education. The act was established by the University of Education Law No.8 of 2009 of the Rivers State Government which was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on October 15th 2009 and assented to by his Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State on October 20th 2009. The name of the university has officially been changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.

The Department of French can be said to have started with the inception of the former Rivers State College of Education as in advanced Teacher Training College after the Nigerian civil war in 1970. This was after the Ministry of Education had recommended its take-off leading to its temporary quarters being opened at the Catholic mission of Stella Maris College on June 14, 1971 with an initial intake of 116 students. In January 1972, the College moved to another temporary site at Oromineke in D/Line, Port Harcourt.

French was already being taught as a course but only at the very elementary level with such subject as French grammar and essay writing at the basic level. The first known Acting Head of Department of French as a unit was Dr. Thaddeus J. Elijah whose stay was regrettable short owing to an accident that led to his demise while in active service. His successor, Mrs. Grace N. Offor resumed office in 1977, and with the help of Dr. Pal Obanya (now Emeritus Professor) who served as external examiner to the College. Other courses such as French Literature and French methodology were introduced. Dr. Obanya assisted by providing the scheme of work for the listed courses from the University of Ibadan and these were adapted for teaching in the Department of French. Other courses were subsequently added until the Department assumed a full-fledged status, culminating in its being chosen as one of the pilot Department of French in Nigerian Universities by the Federal Ministry of Education and the French Embassy Nigeria sometimes in 1998. It is worthy of note that up until the 1981/1982 academic year when the College started admitting students for the B.Ed. Degree programme, students graduated with a Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) after three years of study. The college then ran a remedial studies programme which proved to be a sure recruitment point for the Department of French, as most of its students were admitted from the programme. Indeed, the establishment of the remedial studies unit was a successful recruitment strategy for the College especially as its objective included:

  1. Helping students to remedy courses in which they had deficient grades
  2. Facilitating entry admission condition units of the college; and
  3. Strengthening the student's population admission into not-too-popular departments such as French. Mathematics Music.

Incidentally, one of the members of the Department and former Acting Dean of the School of Languages. Mrs. G.N. Offor, once served as Director of Remedial Studies from September 1987 to September 1990.

With the advent of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination, the Remedial Programme was suspended and replaced with a Pre-Degree programme, which was in turn converted to Basic Studies programme. This greatly affected student's intake into the Department of French as students were required to possess a credit pass in French at the WAEC or NECO level before admission.

A remarkable event took place in 2009 when the Rivers State Government in furtherance to its desire to provide opportunities for high quality education for citizens of the State, decided to convert the Rivers State University of Education. The act was established by the University of Education Law No.8 of 2009 of the Rivers State Government which was passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly on October 15th 2009 and assented to by his Excellency, the Governor of Rivers State on October 20th 2009. The name of the university has officially been changed to Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rumuolumeni Port Harcourt.

At inception in 1988, the Department offered Music with Fine and Applied Arts, and in 1991, the Department of Music was fully established in the main campus of the College of Education with Mr Lapaz Akpa as it's first Head of Department. It then offered Music/English, Music/Religious Studies and Music/Primary Education at the N.C.E. level. Later Mr. Toye Agboola, became the head of department with Miss Monica Okeke and Mr. Nah-kofie as members of academic staff. In 1993, Miss Bernadette Uwakwe joined the department, followed by others. In 1993/94 session, the department started its degree (B.Ed.) programme and produced its first graduates in 1997.

These programmes passed through the supervision and moderation of the University of Ibadan until the 2009/2010 academic session, when the Rivers State Government in its enacted Act established the Rivers State University of Education (latter renamed Ignatius University of Education) to award B.A. Ed. degree in various disciplines. With inception of the new University of Education, the twenty seven years of affiliation with the premier University of Ibadan came to an end, and the first set of music graduates in the new University of Education was produced in 2013/2014 academic year.

Philosophy

Philosophers of all ages agree that music in all its ramification that Music is an integral part of life and one of the most universal human needs. Music, says Plato (427-347 B.c.) is the movement of sounds to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Music, he continues, is a moral law, it gives sound to the universe and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

The German-Swiss philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) believes that without Music, life would be a mistake. Back home in our indigenous African society, Music is an integral part of life itself. The African child is born, bred and buried with Music.

In today's shrunken world of a global village, music plays a greater and more cohesive role in people's lives irrespective of differences in age, clime, creed, culture, education, gender, habitat, occupation and social strata. Music education is therefore, crucial as we move forward into the 21st century.

As a school discipline, the teaching and learning of Music satisfies all the traditional strategies and objectives of the aesthetic, affective, cognitive and most importantly the psychomotor domains. It is a sine qua non towards demonstrating skills in creativity, communication technology and team work.

In a nutshell, the study of Music and Music education goes beyond the practice and mere enjoyment of Music. It touches significantly on the following factors:

The Economic: acquisition of knowledge, talents and skills relating more directly to the use of tools and conventions of civilized life to create an enviable most lucrative vocation.

The Ethical: A higher concept of truth, morality, justice, a development of the principles of right conduct and their application in daily life.

The Social/Political: A better understanding of man's relationship to man, of the interdependence of men in civilized lands.

The Cultural: Nationalism and the appreciation of the fine things of life.

Mission/Vision Statement

The Department of Music shall develop and run programmes that meet a variety of institutional needs as well as the needs of artistes, teachers, scholars, planners and implementers of development programmes in music, arts and culture. It shall also be an archival centre for the development of communication signals, advanced training programmes in clearly defined areas of research, music technology, special concerts, demonstrations documentations, workshops, outreach programmes, the preparation and circulation of music and music-related materials.

  • Acquire and understand the common elements and organizational patterns of music and their interactions, and their ability to demonstrate this understanding in aural, visual and verbal analysis.
  • Acquire and develop the ability to compose and/or to improvise at a basic level in one or more musical styles or genres.
  • Develop the ability to select the best musical methods and materials for meeting the objectives of the learning experience.
  • Become aware of the diverse cultures in our society and thereby develop more curiosity in the life, music and culture of other societies in historical and contemporary perspective.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the appropriate historical and stylistic performance practices.
  • Work independently and co-operatively on a variety of musical problems, form and defend value judgments about music.
  • Have a basic overview understanding of how technology serves in the field of music as a whole and a working knowledge of the technological developments applicable to their area of specialization.
  • Acquire knowledge and skills sufficient to work as leaders and in collaboration on matters of musical interpretations, including rehearsals, conducting skills as appropriate to the particular music specialization and degree program.
  • Acquire experience both on the keyboard and one or two secondary instruments and/or performance areas such as dance, theatre arts etc.
  • Be prepared as music teachers who can stand tall in their professional competence to function effectively as constructive, socio -economic, moral and spiritual change agents needed to promote goodwill, peace and progress in Nigeria and in the 21st century world.

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Early History and General Information

The first Military Governor of Rivers State, Commander Alfred P. Diete-Spiff promulgated Edict No. 10 of 1975 which converted the erstwhile Advanced Teachers' Training College to Rivers state College of Education to train higher calibre professional teachers for the state educational system. The state College of Education admitted students in the 1975/1976 Academic Year with History as one of the' pioneer disciplines of study to award the Nigerian Certificate in Education (N.C.E.) in combination with any other discipline in the Arts or Social Sciences.

The History Department offered N.C.E. (Full Time) programme for 3 academic sessions; N.C.E. (Part Time or Sandwich) programme for 4 years and 4-Years B.Ed. (Full Time) and Direct Entry B.Ed. 3-Years programme for candidates with N.C.E. certificate in History. In addition, the Department offered 3-Year Post-N.C.E. (Sandwich). All admissions into the N.C.E. (Full Time and Part Time); 4-Year B.Ed and 3-Year Post-N.C.E. B.Ed Programme are being handled by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). History N.C.E. graduates were among the four hundred and sixty-two (462) pioneer graduates in 1977. At inception, the Department offered the following:

History/Christian Religious Studies

History/English Language

History/Literature

History/Fine and Applied Arts

History/Geography and

History/Social Studies was added in 1982/1983 session

The History Department began in 1975 with Prof. A. Halliburton, a Canadian, as Head of Department. Ven. Dr. K.O. Amadi, Rev. Canon LA. Nwankwo. Dr. Ibiba Sastrne, Dr. C.M. Sorgwe. and Mr. Philip Agbayorne as members of academic staff. During the 1980/81 session. Messrs Opubo Damlnabo, G .0. Sokari George. Nwari Wazim. Magnus Elechl and M.E. Onyegbuchi were added to the academic staff and the academic strength of the Department was boosted with the deployment of Messrs M.E. Okeremeta, Afolabi Aboyewa. Henry Nwosu and Ahmed Y. Tanko as National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members to the Department during the 1982/1983 session. In the 1981/82 academic year, candidates were admitted for the degree programme in History (B.Ed. History) affiliated to the University of Ibadan, and in 1984. History B.Ed. graduates were among the thirty-five (35) graduates that successfully graduated from the Rivers State College of Education.

The B.Ed. History Degree programme has passed through moderation, supervision and guidance of the University of Ibadan until 2009/2010 academic year when the Rivers State government enacted an Act establishing the Rivers State University of Education, now Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. to award B.A Ed degree in History and Diplomatic Studies in response to changing realities of modern academic disciplines.

The establishment of this autonomous University of Education brought to an end twenty-seven (27) years of affiliation to the Nigerian premier university, the University of Ibadan.

Philosophy

History and diplomatic studies as a distinct discipline provide holistic approach to the study of diverse polities both in ancient and contemporary times. With a hindsight of the past, it provides the academic equipment for analyzing present societal realities that confront mankind in a global context and reposition him to tackle future challenges. The Department provides high quality professional history teachers for the nation's secondary and tertiary institutions. Taking cognizance of the dynamic nature of society, the Department employs the inter-disciplinary scholarship to fortify students with viable tools that will enable them to function effectively as teachers, administrators or diplomats on graduation. The Department basically adopts Afrocentric approach with a sense of objectivity on themes centered on African continent vis-a-vis the wider world.

On the basis of a sound intellectual exercise, the Department is programmed to expedite effort in the preservation and projection of indigenous histories and culture through meaningful and well-articulated research endeavours for overall human and material development.

In the pursuit of relevance in a changing world, the diplomatic studies component is anchored to address major themes affecting the international community in contemporary times.

 

Vision

The vision of the Department is to strive to remain a renowned academic and socially relevant Historical and Diplomatic centre of excellence that will be internationally ranked among the best specialized higher institution of education.

Mission

The Department is committed to training very high calibre graduate teachers and diplomats of international repute in character and learning through quality teaching and inculcation of noble and professional values as envisaged by the founding fathers, in a bid to create an academic platform that will promote the cross-fertilization of ideas in history and diplomacy in a dynamic Society.

Objectives

The avowed objectives of the Department are as follows:

  • To promote History and Diplomatic Studies as a teaching subject in our secondary schools for enlightened Citizenship;
  • To inculcate in History and Diplomatic Studies graduates, the quality of academic orientation that will enable them to function effectively either as practicing historians or diplomats;
  • To equip historians/diplomats with relevant tools that will enable them appreciate the link between the past and present societal realities in order to tackle future challenges;
  • To provide the historian/diplomat with a multi-dimensional paradigm in the study of societies that will enhance his ability in job creation; and
  • To train higher calibre historians/diplomats to teach and undertake research in African history in our colleges of education and universities or pursue a career in the Foreign Service.
  • To provide students a broad understanding of the history and historiography of Niger Delta within the context of Nigerian history and historiography.

Admission Requirements

To qualify for admission into the B.A. Education Degree programme of the Department of History and Diplomatic Studies, the candidate must possess a minimum of five (5) Ordinary Level credit at the G.C.E.; WAEC/SSCE or NECO or a combination of these, including English Language, History or Government at not more than two sittings, or has obtained a pass in Remedial Programme of the Department in addition to the above or an N.C.E. Certificate which qualifies the candidate into the two hundred (200) level of the degree programme. A candidate for the M.A. programme must obtain a First Class, Second Class Upper or Second Class Lower with a CGPA of 3.5, while Ph.D candidates must obtain a minimum of 3.5 in Master’s Degree in a 5 point scale or 4.0 in a 7 point scale.

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Historical Background of the Department of Religious and Cultural Studies

The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education grew out of the former Rivers State College of Education during the 2009/2010 academic session which prior to this period has been an affiliate of University of Ibadan.

The Department of Religious and Moral Studies as it was originally known was one of the second generation departments to be introduced shortly after the establishment of the then Rivers State College of Education in 1971. The Department came into being in 1975 under the pioneer headship (Leadership) of now Rev. Professor N.S.S. Iwe; an erudite theologian, philosopher, sociologist, lawyer, historian, educationist and a versatile scholar of Religion. The initial programme ran by the Department was the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). Other programmes were later introduced.

University Vision

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is envisioned as the most suitably structured, resourced and mandated agency with potentials for engendering, sustaining and refining, through all foreseeable educational futures for Rivers State, a dependable supply of suitably prepared graduate manpower stock for maintaining a pre-tertiary educational system which is modelled in governance, system management, formal in structure, curriculum realism, research productivity, support services, global networking, institutional repute, and school leaver worthiness in learning and character.

University Mission

The mission of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is therefore to justifiably acquire and accountably utilize all the needful input resources for realizing through pre-service preparation and sustaining through in-service training and retraining, a pre-tertiary teaching profession which is erudite in knowledge, proficient in instructional practice, and ethically mature at work and inter-personal, parental, guardian, and industrial relations.

University Objectives

The objectives of the university are to:

  • Provide facilities for and to engage in the teaching and learning in education and related disciplines with particular reference to the needs and aspirations of the State and for the purpose of producing graduate and non-graduate teachers.
  • Produce teachers in technical, science, humanities, social-science, management sciences and other related fields for development programmes in education.
  • Assist in the industrial and other development programmes through consultancy services, special project centres and related activities.
  • Encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction of race, creed, sex or political conviction the opportunity of acquiring higher and liberal education;
  • Provide courses of instruction and other facilities for the pursuit of learning in all its branches, and to make those facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are equipped to benefit from them;
  • Encourage and promote scholarship and the conduct of research in all fields of learning and human endeavours;
  • Relate its objectives to the social, cultural and economic needs of the people of Nigeria, and
  • Undertake any other activities appropriate for a university of the highest standard.

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