Economics And Development Studies

Economics And Development Studies


The Department of Economics and Development studies was established at the inception of the University in 2002. Four years later, in 2006, she graduated her first set of 124 students. In 2005 the Department had an interim accreditation and this became a full-fledged accreditation in 2007.

Economics as a programme started in the Department of Strategic Studies, in 2002. The programme had initial staff strength of 5 academic staff with 153 students. Then and now, the Department provides services for her students of this programme, as well as students of other Departments in the University.

In September 2004, the programme became an autonomous department. It became known as the Department of Economics and Development Studies housing two programmes: (1) Economics (2) Demography and Social Statistics. As at 2009/2010, the Economics programme of the Department has 431 students made up of 114, 111, 100 and 106 students in 100, 200, 300 and 400 levels respectively. The Demography and Social Statistics Programme similarly has a total number of 97 students made up of 32, 31, 19, and 15 in 100, 200, 300, and 400 levels respectively. This gives a total student’s population of 528. The Department has total academic staff strength of 22 made up of 3 Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 2 Senior Lecturers, 2 Lecturers, 11 Assistant Lecturers and 3 Graduate Assistants. In addition to the in-house academic staff, the programme has 6 Associate Lecturers made up of 2 Professors, 2 Associate Professors, 1 Senior Lecturer and 1 lecturer I.

As a department that is involved in development studies, issues relating to Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as the Vision 20:2020 are covered in many of the Departmental taught courses while research students at all levels are encouraged to choose topics relating to these issues in their research works. In addition to these, research clusters that focus on MDG- related issues exist in the Department. Examples of some of these are the University sponsored research clusters in Poverty Reduction Strategy being carried out in Ota and its environs; the Street Trading and Poverty reduction research; as well as the research on Maternal Mortality issues in Ota. An AERC – sponsored research on HIV-AIDS is also in progress in the department.

It is our sincere conviction that at the end of your career in the department, you will be well equipped to contribute to the attainment of both the MDGs and Vision 20: 2020.