It is my pleasure to welcome you to Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina and the Department of Economics. The department offers a programme leading to the award of degree of Bachelors of Science (Economics). The programme handbook has been prepared to provide all the necessary information that you may require in both understanding the structure of the B.Sc. (Honours) Economics, as well as the rules, regulations and guidelines that need to be followed to undertake studies in the department.
I sincerely hope that you will make good use of the Handbook which will guide you throughout your stay in the University. The staff of this department will ever be ready to assist and guide you towards a pleasant and fulfilling academic life in the University.
Dr. Muhammad Yusuf
Head, Department of Economics
Brief History of the Department
The Department of Economics was one of the pioneer departments in the Faculty of Humanities of this University. The Department started with Mal. Muhammad Yusuf as pioneer Head. He was succeeded by Dr. Dalhatu Galadanchi then on sabbatical from Bayero University in January, 2009. With the completion of Dr. Galadunchi’s tenure, Mal. Mukhtari briefly acted as the HOD until November, 2010 when Dr. Bilyaminu I. Kadandani took over the leadership of the Department. Dr. Mustapha Muktar, also on sabbatical from Bayero University Kano, took over the leadership of the department in July, 2011 up to August 2015 when Dr. Moukhtar Muhammad Idris succeeded him. Dr. Muhammad Yusuf took over in April, 2016 and he is currently the Head of Department.
The Department started with 11 tenured academic staff and 5 visiting lecturers. The rate of growth of the Department manpower is interesting because many staff members are currently enjoying post-graduate study fellowship in various Nigerian and foreign universities. The Department has now gotten approval for the commencement of M.Sc. Economics in the 2016/2017 academic session.
Philosophy and Objectives
The philosophy behind the Economics programme is to train students who will be well equipped with modern tools of economic analysis to meet the ever growing demand for experts in various fields of national and international economies in areas such as development, industry, banking and finance, energy and international trade. The programme is also designed to equip graduates by making them assimilate modern technological advancements that they can apply to better the life of the people. In line with the University’s missions, the training is geared towards producing self-employable, marketable, self-sustaining and self-reliant graduates with great entrepreneurial skills.
- To develop and improve students’ understanding of the economic problems at various stages of national development;
- To provide the required training and exposure for Economics graduates, an exposure that will enable them to use modern tools of economic analysis suited for employment in diverse areas of applications;
- To develop students’ critical judgment with the bid to contribute to national development;
- To produce graduates that are well equipped to handle issues related to entrepreneurship and wealth creation;
- To produce graduates that are suitable for employment in diverse areas such as banking, tax administration, budget and planning, international trade, human resource management and financial planning, among others;
- To provide an appropriate environment that will enable students to develop their creativity and promote the spirit of economic self-reliance;
- To create an atmosphere for desirable behavioural change(s) that will allow students develop values that are in consonance with national objectives such as discipline, probity, patriotism and commitment;
- To equip graduates with the sound background required for any responsible professional and administrative work and social undertakings, particularly as per the expectations of local and national economy;
- To provide broad and balanced foundation of economics knowledge and practical skills for students with high intellectual abilities required for the successful pursuance of postgraduate studies in any of the specialized