It is my pleasure to write a forward to this Students Handbook which is meant to provide basic information about the B.Sc. Public Administration programme and other issues which the students need to acquaint themselves with. Accordingly, I recommend that all students should study the Handbook properly and be guided by its contents as they register for the session.
While congratulating you for successfully securing admissions into this University, I urge you to take your studies as serious academic pursuit. You are welcome to the Department of Public Administration and I wish you a happy and successfull stay in the University.
Dr. Mohammed El-Makki Hassan
Head of Department
Brief History of the Department
The Department of Public Administration was established in 2011 following the approval of National Universities Commission (NUC). During its take-off in the 2012/13 academic session, the Department has staff strength of five, including the Head of the Department, Examination Officer and 2 Level Coordinators. Due to the need for the Department to have more academic staff, the University injected six visiting Professors and Ph.D. holders from various universities.
Currently, the Department has students in all the levels. Averagely, the students in the Department show readiness to learn in their various courses and academic activities in the University.
The philosophy of this programme is rooted in the principle of knowledge for empowerment through empirical and theoretical understanding of public administration as the foundation of nurturing sound, articulate and well informed leaders for the overall development of the country.
Premised on the philosophy, graduates passing through the department are expected not merely to be able to serve competently in various capacities in the public and private sectors but also to have gained sufficient theoretical grounding and research skills necessary for the pursuit of higher studies in Public Administration.
In line with the broad philosophical framework and cardinal principles of the University, the Public Administration degree is designed to fulfill the following objectives:
- To provide students with sound theoretical and empirical perspectives to understanding the breadth, depth and content of the Public Administration discipline.
- To acquaint the students with the general nature and dynamics of the operations of the public sector organizations and the working of government, with particular reference to Nigeria.
- To offer instructions and training in courses that are relevant to the needs and problems of Nigeria, Africa and other countries at similar level of development.
- To create learning experiences for students that would have practical application to the real world, which also cover entrepreneurship skills.