It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome all staff and students of the Department of Psychology to the 2022/2023 academic session. Particularly, I warmly welcome fresh students to the Department of Psychology where we provide students with 21st century opportunities in learning, capacity building and research. As you are aware, admission into the University of Ibadan is highly competitive and, for this reason, you should give credit to yourself that your admission to study psychology was earned through diligence and hard work. I specially congratulate you for this achievement and assure you that our Department remains the best place to study psychology in Nigeria. The Department of Psychology has built a positive reputation for itself since its inception in 1976, becoming a highly renowned academic department within and outside the University of Ibadan. Indeed, our founding Fathers and subsequent leaderships in the department have strived to ensure that we kept ahead of others in our endeavour. Therefore, I must emphasize that Ibadan Psychology is a high brand in Nigeria with a global reputation for its academic activities. Although, challenges abound in our operating environment, I am convinced you will all enjoy your years with us because our internal mechanisms continue to promote and sustain our standard.
At the Department of Psychology, staff and students’ views are heard to ensure effective strategic planning, academic programme delivery and an exceptional research experience. We also recognise that the Department must do even better to continue to advance your knowledge/skills to help you actualise your dreams. Accordingly, our road map targets teaching and training forward looking undergraduate and postgraduate students who value character and learning, and are willing to support each other to create a flawless display of teamwork performance. Among our experienced and resourceful academic members of staff, you will find mentors who are keen on guiding and empowering you to take control of academic and non-academic matters. Besides, our academic advisors will guide you through the registration procedure and the general/specific requirements you will need to satisfy before graduation.
In line with the University’s mission of expanding the frontiers of knowledge, the Department remains steadfast in championing advancement in teaching, learning, research and community service, such that, we produce graduates with skills and professional capacity in areas of national and global psychological needs. All members of staff in the Department shall work together to ensure that your dreams and goals come to fruition, and hopefully, the pleasant memories of your stay with us will make you worthy ambassadors of the discipline and spur you to constantly support the Department even years after graduation. Once again, I welcome you all and wish you an enjoyable academic journey.
Professor David E. Okurame, PhD; FNPA
Head, Department of Psychology,
University of Ibadan,
01 August, 2023