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C.O. Ikporukpo

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

Welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of Ibadan.

 

 

 

 

Prof. C.O. Ikporukpo

HISTORY - DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY

The Department of Geography was established in 1948 as one of the foundation department of the University.  It was in both the faculty of Arts and that of Science between 1948 and 1967.  It moved administratively from the Faculty of Arts to the Social Sciences in the 1967/68 session.

The foundation Head of Department was Keith Buchanan and since then thirteen other members of the department have assumed the headship of the department with Professor Akin Mabogunje being the first Nigerian professor of Geography and Head of the Department.

The structure of the undergraduate degree programme in the early years was patterned after that of the parent University of London with students graduating with a general Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree.  However, in 1962 when the University became a full fledged University students started enrolling for the honours degree programme in geography.  Presently, the department offers courses leading to the award of Bachelor degree in both the Faculty of the Social Science and the Faculty of Science.  The emphasis of the undergraduate programme has been on imparting to students those principles and techniques/skills of geographical investigation which will help them to fit into several fields of human endeavour at the national and international levels.

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