The University of Ibadan is Nigeria’s first university, coming more than a dozen years before the country itself got independence. Mention any famous name from the First Republic and the odd favours the fact that there were in Ibadan. Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Cyprian Ekwensi, Christopher Okigbo etc. Today, UI still leads on many fronts and other universities can only fight for the second spot. Here we bring five courses you may not have known existed which UI offer.
University of Ibadan Lesser Known Courses
Despite its lack of name recognition in Nigeria, the Department of Classics is one of the oldest in the University of Ibadan. It was established in 1948 the year the university kick-started their academic programme under the tutelage of the University of London.
The department is in the Faculty of Art. If you are given admission into this university, you will learn extensively about the Roman and Greek Civilisations and how they have impacted the world, Africa in particular. Additionally, you will learn Latin and Greek languages. You will also be taught classical French and English Literature, the philosophies of Aristotle and others, and other aspects such as the historical background to the New Testament Bible.
The Department of Classics is a jack of many and a master in a handle. As a graduate of the department, you are a historian, a linguist, a literati, a philosopher, an anthropologist etc. This is one department that you would be proud to say you are in. And as far as we know, its merits go beyond this.
2. Crop Protection and Environmental Biology
The Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology is in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry. It traces its history to the Department/Faculty of Agriculture founded in 1949. The department revolved into Department of Agricultural Biology up to 1995 when the Senate adopted the department with its current name.
The department is a multidisciplinary one with ecology in the centre. Other courses that the department overlaps include Entomology, Mycology, Phytovirology, Phytobacteriology, Nematology, Crop physiology, Plant/weed ecology, Genetics and plant breeding, and Toxicology; Entomology, Phytopathology and Environmental Biology are the three units under which the department is structured into.
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With seven laboratories, an insect museum, three greenhouses, four gardens and one experimental station, the Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology is equipped to give you an education that is as unique as its name.
3. Wood Product Engineering
University of Ibadan’s Department of Wood Product Engineering is in the Faculty of Technology. It is a department that prides itself on training students who “have the technical competency for the design, development, testing, and production of devices and products for the use of mankind.”
The department does not just deal with woods. It will teach you the elements of general engineering, engineering method, technical skills and the development of human and social skills. The department has a Technical Support Unit and research laboratories to give their student that rare experience that Ibadan is reputed for.
4. Wildlife and Ecotourism Management
Wildlife and Ecotourism is one of the eight departments in the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Ibadan. The department traces its history to the Department of Forestry in 1962. This department birthed, in 1982, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Management which has transposed to its present nomenclature.
The department runs a five-year programme which includes four years of teaching and one year Practical Year Training Programme (PYTP). Under this training, students are posted to the Leventis Foundation School, Ilesa, or to the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Ibadan, or the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), Ibadan etc., where they learn, first-hand, agro-forestry, agro-economics, wildlife and general management of the ecosystem.
5. Teacher Education
Not teaching education department. Teacher. The department is teacher-centric, so to say, in that it is founded to build the teacher. Unlike the norm, this department is not linked to any other course eg Physics Education or Religious Education. It is about the teacher. The department is, of course, in the Faculty of Education.
As a student in the department, you will have to choose your courses from more than eighty courses. These courses are broadly divided into General Education Courses, Social Studies Courses, Educational Technology Courses, Early and Childhood Educational Courses. In all, you will learn about the history and policies of education in Nigeria, instructional technology, the philosophy of education, the curricular, scientific methods eg mathematical and chemistry methods; while Nigeria is the scope of the study, there are aspects that are comparative in which the methods and policies of other countries are studied.
These courses are a testament to the vision of UI: “To be a world-class institution for academic excellence geared towards meeting societal needs.” What other universities cannot do with popular courses, the university might achieve with these rare degree programmes.