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Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

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A Brief History of Imo State University

Imo State University was established in 1981 through Law No. 4 passed by the Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri. This was amended by Edict 27 of 1985, another in 1986 and finally for the relocation by the Law No. 2 of 1992. Academic activities commenced at the temporary site located at the former Madonna High School, Ihitte, with Professor M. J. C. Echeruo as its First Vice-Chancellor.

The decision to establish a State University arose when the absence of a Federal University was greatly left by the people of Imo State whose major industry is education. The State had so many qualified candidates who could not be admitted by the existing Universities. The Government of Imo State under Chief Sam Mbakwe sought for and obtained the approval of the Federal Government for the establishment of Imo State University as a Liberal Studies tertiary institution in the State.

The University was designed as a Multi-Campus Structure with one College to be located in each Senatorial District of the then Imo State with its main campus located at Etiti in the Okigwe Senatorial Zone while the Aba Campus, in Aba Zone, housed the College of Business and Legal Studies. The Multi-Campus structure was phased out because of logistics. They University was then relocated to Okigwe in one Campus.

With the creation of Abia State in 1991 out of the former Imo State, the entire physical facilities and human resources of Imo State University were ceded to Abia State as the land housing the University and belonging to Uturu community in Isuikwuato Local Government became the properties of Abia State.

At Owerri, the University was temporary accommodated within the campus of Alvan Ikoku College of Education from May to December 1992. The University later moved to its own premises of four building within the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, at the Lake Nwaebere Campus. All the translocation of the Federal University to the permanent site, Ihiagwa near Owerri, the Lake Nwaebere Campus of that university was then acquired for Imo State University. The first batch of students was allocated to the Imo State University by JAMB in February 1993. The National Universities Commission also formally approved the re-establishment of the University in 1992 at the Lake Nwaebere Campus.

Consequently, the government of Chief Evan Enwerem, in April, 1991 did not waste time in filling the vacuum by re-establishing the University in Owerri. Two options were considered by the government in the re-establishment of Imo State University at Owerri. The first option was to move at once, all staff and students at the various stages of their programmes in Uturu who want to remain in Imo State University, now in Owerri. The second option was to rebuild the University at Owerri over specified period of time. The second option was adopted after various constitutions by government then, and a target period of 5 years within which to complete re-establishment of the University at Owerri was considered. Professor T. O. C. Ndubizu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka was then appointed the Vice-Chancellor with the enormous responsibility of relocating and re-establishing Imo State University.

The academic programmes of the University were initially organized in Colleges and Schools. However, as one of the strategies adopted by the next Vice-Chancellor, Prof. A. G. Anwukah, and the University senate to energize the system for improved productivity, the unwieldy collegiate system was replaced by the new faculty structure at the beginning of the 2001/2002 academic session. This is in line with the law establishing Imo State University. The transition gave rise to eight faculties and forty-five departments, with only the College of Medicine and Health Sciences retaining its original status. Currently, the University has ten Faculties and one College offering undergraduate and post-graduate degree and diploma programmes in various disciplines.

For the undergraduate programmes, 24 courses were stated in the first year of the University’s re-location at Owerri, 1992/93. By 2001/2002 session, about sixty-three degree programmes were available for study. For the 2008/2009 session, there are programmes open to prospective candidates.

In 1995, the post-graduate studies programme of the University was inaugurated. The School of Post-Graduate Studies admits candidates for Post-graduate diplomas and higher degrees that cut across the ten academic faculties of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences, as well as Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. Full information on the programmes of the School of Post-Graduate Studies is available in the prospectus of Imo State University, school of Post-Graduate Studies.

In addition to its regular, full time and part-time programmes, the University caters for the educational needs of the various segments of the Nigerian public through its Sandwich Programme, Institute for Continuing Education Programme (ICEP) and Outreach and Consultancy Services (OCS) Programmes.

With an initial take-off student population of 420 in the 1992/93 session, the population of students has grown steadily. The number of students undertaking various diploma and degree programmes of the University programs is over fifteen thousand.

The University graduated its first batch of students in the 1996/1997 session. In April 2002, the 4th convocation ceremony of the relocated and now re-invigorated Imo State University took place during which 2,309 and 871 graduates were admitted into various degree and post-graduate diploma/degrees, respectively.

The University is now one of the best Universities in Nigeria with highly qualitative academic programmes for the training and character formation of our leaders of tomorrow.

The result of the 1999/2000 accreditation exercise of the National Universities Commission confirmed that high rate and acceptance of the University by the Nigerian public. The University was ranked 1st among all State Universities in Nigeria and the 10th overall among both State and Federal Universities. The University scored 100% in 2006 and 2007 accreditation visit, with all programmes visited getting accreditation. All the 19 programmes visited in 2007 had been full accreditation. Also, in the first every accreditation visit of MBA programmes in 2006, Imo State University was among the universities that got accredited.



Vision Statement

Within the ambit of its legislated and conventionally understood mandate, which is to extend higher education to all qualified persons, the Imo State University has set for itself the target of becoming a first class university.

It is determined to promote academic pursuits to the highest possible standards while retaining community services as one of the cornerstones of its raison d’ etre.


Mission Statement

The mission of Imo State University is to encourage the advancement of learning through teaching and research.

To foster creativity, discipline, and inventiveness, as well as patriotism and community service in Imo State of Nigeria in particular, Nigeria in general, and the world at large.


The Chancellor's Profile

Justice Chukwudifu Oputa

On the 22nd day of September, 1924, Chukwudifu Oputa was delivered into the family of Chief Oputa Uzukwu and Mrs. Nwametu Oputa. In those days, polygamy was the order and a man’s wealth was measured among other properties by the number of wives he had. Chief Oputa had 10 wives, and Chukwudifu Oputa is the last of his children. Pa Oputa Uzukwu passed on when Chukwudifu was only three months old, while his mother died when he was barely six months old. Since Chukwudifu’s parents passed on while he was still an infant, his grandmother made provision for him.


Justice Oputa attended the Sacred Heart School, Oguta from 1930 -1936, and Christ the King’s College (C.K.C), Onitsha 1937-1940. After secondary school, Chukwudifu Oputa got admission to study at the then Higher College, Yaba, Lagos. However as a result of the emerging World War II, Chukwudifu was moved to the famous Achimota College in the then Gold Coast (now Ghana) where he obtained the Degree in Economics in 1945. It was also at this same period that through the quest for hard work, he studied at home to obtain the B.A (Hons.) degree (in History) from the University of London.


On his return to Nigeria froM then Gold Coast, he took up a post as a teacher. Young Chukwudifu’s quest for knowledge, however, spurred him on to leave his lucrative job as a teacher in Nigeria in order to study law in England. In June 1953, his ambition of becoming a gentleman of the bar paid off. He received his LL.B (Hons.) degree, and was called to the English Bar – Grays Inn, London on 26 November 1953.


His background in the humanities set the stage for a successful and outstanding legal practice. He returned to Nigeria in 1954 and enjoyed a highly successful private legal practice for the next twelve years.


In 1966 Justice Oputa started his career on the Bench with his appointment as a judge of the high court of Eastern Nigeria. During the next ten years, he discharged his duties honourably and creditably, serving on several divisions of the high Courts of the region and later, East Central State. In 1976, he was appointed the first Chief Judge of Imo State, a post he held until July 2, 1984.


His exit from the state judiciary was due to his elevation to the position of Honourable Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Justice Chukwudifu Oputa manifested his profound intellect for equity and justice in his balanced judgements at the Supreme Court. In fact, he was the Socrates of the apex court and a principal participant in the golden age of the Court, when the institution established a reputation as a veritable citadel of adjudicatory excellence and integrity. He has authored many law publications and received numerous awards.


In continuation of his service to his fatherland, Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, was named Chairman of the Human rights violations investigation commission (more popularly known as the Oputa panel) to investigate abuses during 15 years of military rule, which ended when President Obasanjo took office as elected president on 29 May, 1999.


Justice Oputa means diverse things to different people: A dutiful family man; eminent jurist; devout Christian; relentless philanthropist; unrepentant workaholic and above all, a humanitarian per excellence!


I celebrate this illustrious son of the soil who will, no doubt, go through the annals of our history as one of the very best jurists ever produced by this country and the lineup of his legal laurels within and without the court rooms, both in Nigeria and beyond further speak volumes of his stature as an esteemed jurist.


The best we could do for this phenomenon is to pray for him many more fruitful years ahead.



Pro-Chancellor Profile

Prof. Chidi A. Ibe


Prof. Chidi A. Ibe, BSC Hons (Nig), Ph.D (Lond), DIC (Imp. Coll.) P. Eng, FGS, FOS.


Adonis Chidi Ihugba Soni (ACIS) Ibe was born on 23 February, 1947 the fourth child of his Highness Okaa Omee of Mbieri, Justus Ibe and Lucy Ettoh.


He schooled at Township School Aba (1953 – 60) and Government College Umuahia (1961 – 67). After a 3 year – interruption of his studies by the Nigerian Civil War, he graduated in 1974 with high honours in geology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he was a German Academic Exchange Scholar.


Following conversion training, he worked first as well site Petroleum Engineer and later as a Production/Reservior geologist in the Petroleum Engineering Department of Shell-BP Petroleum Development Company (Nig) Ltd. He was elected to membership of the American Society of Petroleum Engineers in 1977.


He embarked on post graduate in 1978 at the Royal School of Mines Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and earned a Ph.D of the University of London and a Diploma of Membership of the Imperial College (DIC) in 1980 in Marine Organic Geochemistry and Sedimentology.


After a stint as Research Assistant in London, he joined the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos in 1981 and became its Assistant Director (Physical and Chemical Oceanography) in 1990. During this time, he headed the Institute’s Consultancy Services that did extensive work for Oil Companies including Gulf (later, Chevron) and Shell as well as for the Nigerian Navy.


Between 1985 and 1989, he was first Visiting Senior Lecturer and later Visiting Reader/Associate Professor to the Post Graduate Institute of Oceanography, University of Calabar.


In 1989, while on sabbatical from NIOMR, he was Senior Resident Consultant in the Ocean and Coastal Areas Programme Activity Center (OCA/PAC) in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Headquarters, Nairobi, Kenya.


In 1990, the Director General of UNESCO tapped him to become the Senior Assistant Executive Secretary and Head of the Marine Pollution Research and Monitoring Section in the Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO Paris, France. In this capacity, he directed the Global Investigation Programme for the Marine Environment (GIPME) as well as coordinated between 1991 and 1995 the global effort to study and clean up the pollution of the Persian Gulf in the aftermath of the Gulf war including two long term cruises aboard the US owned RV Mount Mitchell and the Japanese vessel, RV Umaru Mita. He has intimate knowledge of the surrounding countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Emirates, Oman, Bahrian, Qatar and Islamic Republic of Iran. For his services to the Gulf region, Prof Ibe and the IOC/UNESCO, received plaques of commendation from the Emirate of Kuwait (1992), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (1993) and the seven country-Regional Organisation for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) (1992).


From 1992, he had concurrent responsibility of IOC-UNESCO Visiting Professor charged with the “Development and Teaching of Specialized Courses in Oceanography” mostly in Developing Countries.


In 1995, he joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria as Regional Director/Regional Technical Adviser of the Gulf of Guinea Environmental Programme and was at various times responsible for the implementation of several environmental programmes including the role of Regional Director/Principal Technical Adviser on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and International Waters in Africa. While still at UNIDO, he was appointed the first Executive Secretary of the Interim Guinea Current Commission in 2006.


Prof Ibe ended his service with the United Nations System in 2008 and was hunted from Boston, Massachusetts, USA to become the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the 6th Governing Council of the Imo State University inaugurated on 17 September, 2008.


He is the author/co-author, editor/co-editor of 17n Books/Manuals on Coastal Areas Management, Near-shore, Dynamics and Environmental Pollution Control Including Coastline Erosion in Nigeria by Ibadan University Press (1988); Methodology for Inventory and Control of Coastal Erosion in West and Central Africa Methodology for Inventory and Control of Coastal Erosion in West and Central Africa by UNEP (1989), State of the Marine Environment (Pollution) in West and Central Africa by UNEP (1990); Global Climate Change and Coastal Installations in Nigeria by Francisgrafix (1992); Coastlines of Western Africa by the American Society of Civil Engineers (1993); Implications of Expected Climate Change in the West and Central African Region by UNEP (1994), Nearshore Dynamics and Sedimentology to the Gulf of Guinea by CEDA (1998); Integrated Environmental and Living Resources Management in the Gulf of Guinea by UNDP/UNIDO/GEF (1999), Integrated Assessment, Management and Governance in River Basins, Coastal Zones and Large Marine Ecosystems by UNIDO (2001); Introduction to Physical Oceanography of the Gulf of Guinea (2002) by CEDA; Trans-boundary Diagnostic Analysis of the Guinea Current Region (2006) by CEDA etc.


Prof Ibe has also contributed Chapters in 15 Books by various Authors and had published about 70 scientific/technical papers in reputable International Journals and refereed Conference Proceedings in addition to preparing more than 50 major Consultancy Reports for Countries including the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, UN and non-UN Agencies including the World bank, and the Organized Private Sector.


Prof. Ibe was for over two decades an Editor and frequent Reviewer of various International Scientific Journals including the Journal of Aquatic and Marine Science by Elsevier. He has fellowship status in many professional Engineering, Geological, Chemical and Oceanographic Societies including the New York Academy of Sciences.


He had earned numerous academic and professional distinctions including nomination for the prestigious Sultan Qabooz Prize for the Environment in 1998. He is still a distinguished Professor of Oceanography to the postgraduate Institute of Oceanography, University of Calabar and an often invited keynote speaker at various international fora.


Prof. Ibe who has been described as an avant garde poet has published poetry in several Anthologies in Africa, the United Kingdom and USA and a collection of his poems titled “Fragments” is due out in late 2009. In his lat two undergraduate years at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, he served as the Secretary of the vibrant ODUNKE Community of Artists.


He is married to Chief Lady Agbo Chinyere Ibe, BA Hons (Unical), DIPL. French (Paris), H.Dipl (Cocody), MA (Abidjan), M.Ed (The College of New Jersy, USA), CERT Adv. French (Montreal, Canada), Chinyere Ugo I of Nkede Ancient Kingdom and they have 3 children, Ogechi, Akunna and Chidi II in the USA.


Prof. Ibe, a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Christopher holds the traditional title of KPAKPANDO of Nekede Ancient Kingmdom. He is a collector of Fine Art and decorative artifacts from across the Globe. His academic pursuits and professional career have taken him to most countries in the world and he is at home across continents and cultures.


University Administration

Office of the Vice Chancellor

The Vice-Chancellor is the Chief Executive and Academic Officer of the University. Other units directly under the Vice-Chancellor’s Office are as follows:

  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) headed by a Professor.
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) also headed by a Professor.
  • Academic Planning and Control Unit headed by a Director.
  • Student Affairs Unit, headed by the Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Admissions Unit with a Director as its head.
  • Medical and Health Services Unit under a Director.
  • Works and Services comprising an Estate Unit headed by a Chief Engineer
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre comprising of Examination Centre and MIS Units headed by a Director.
  • Information and Public Relations Unit headed by the University Public Relations Officer.
  • Security Unit under the Chief Security Officer of the University.
  • Audit Unit.
  • Catering Unit.
  • Physical Planning Unit

The Registry

The Registrar is the Head of the Registry and the Chief Administrative Officer of the University. He is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor for the day to day administration of the university. He is also the Secretary to Council, Senate and Congregation. The Registry handles all Council, Senate, Establishments, development and Student matters; contracts, liaison issues, supplies, legal and property as well as immigration matters. It is composed of the following Divisions:

  • The Personnel Division: It deals with all staff (Senior and Junior Personnel) matters.

Bursary Department

The Bursary Department handles all financial matters of the University. It is headed by the Bursar who is the Chief Financial Officer of the University and he is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor.

Library Department

The Library Department is concerned with the collection, keeping and circulation of books and other reading materials in the University. The Department is headed by the University Librarian who is the Chief Library Officer of the University and he is responsible to the Vice-Chancellor.

Council and Senate

Examinations and Records and Statistics



Faculty of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine

Prof. F.N. Madubuike - Faculty Dean.

  Agriculture is one of  the key sectors in the Nigerian Economy for the transformation and sustenance  of the Nigerian agriculture to a modern scientific and technology-driven  sector, the training of appropriate manpower is imperative. Our objective is to  produce graduate who are not just jobseekers but prospective entrepreneurs, as  well as those who could contribute meaningfully to research and policy and to  the growth of agriculture in the country. The faculty offers six courses which  span for five academic year with a compulsory industrial training that would be  done in the University Teaching and Research farm or an equivalent research  farm approved by the school. The departments that make up the faculty include:
  1.   Agricultural Economics, Extension and Rural  Development
  2.   Animal Science and Fisheries
  3.   Crop Science and Biotechnology
  4.   Food Science and Technology
  5.   Nutrition and Dietetics
  6.   Soil Science



  To gain admission  into any of the department been offered in this faculty, the candidate must  obtain in not more than two sittings five SSCE or GCE O’ level Credit passes  including English Language, Chemistry, Biology/ Agric. Science, Mathematics,  Physics, Economics or Geography. For direct entry requirements, holders of NCE  or ND in any of the offered courses or related discipline with not less than  merit level may be considered for direct admission into 200 level. Holders of  HND with not less than merit pass will be admitted into 300 level provided such  candidates have met the minimum UME requirements.


Faculty of Business Administration

Prof Aham Anyanwu Faculty Dean

Because business is the driving force in our  economy growth, the programme aims at producing graduates of Business  Administration with the requisite entrepreneurship and aptitude in accordance  with the tradition of ethical behaviour and social responsibility in an  ever-changing business world.
There are seven  Departments in the Faculty of Business Administration namely:
1.         Accountancy
2.         Banking and Finance
3.         Insurance and Actuarial Science
4.         Management
5.         Marketing
6.         Hospitality &Tourism Management

Admission Requirements

For admission into  any of the 4-year degree programme offered in the faculty, candidates must have  at least, five credit levels passes in SSCE or O/L GCE, which must include  English Language, Mathematics and Economics.



Prof. C.N. Uwazurike Faculty Dean

As education is the  bedrock of a nation’s development and growth, the programme was designed to  accentuate the effectiveness of educational interventions, the psychology of  teaching, and the social psychology of schools and organizations with the  acquisition of appropriate skills, abilities and competencies both mental and  physical as equipment for the individual to live in and contribute to the  development of his society. Education is concerned with how students learn and  develop. The faculty of education offers undergraduate and post-graduate degree  and diploma programmes in various disciplines that leads to the degree in Education.  Candidates admitted through UME do the 4 years degree programmes while those  admitted through DE do the 3-years or 2-years degree programmes, depending upon  their entry qualifications.
There are three  operational departments in the Faculty of Education, namely:
1.         Curriculum & Educational Technology
2.         Educational Foundations and Administration
3.         Educational Psychology/Guidance &       Counselling/Measurement and Evaluation.


1.         For admission into the four-year degree  programmes, leading to the award of a B.Sc degree, candidates in general,  should possess of least, credit (or merit) level passes in five subjects  including English language, obtained in not more than two sitting of O/L examinations  (GCE, SC, SSCE or TCII examinations). The most recent of the certificate being  considered should not have lasted for more than six years. Specifically for  admission into: Education/Biology or Chemistry, the subjects in which  credit/merit level passes are obtained should include Biology, Chemistry and  Mathematics. Education/Mathematics or Physics, the subjects in which the  credit/merit level passes are obtained should include Mathematics and Physics.
2.         For admission through direct entry into the  three-year degree programmes, leading to the award of a B.Sc. degree,  candidates should possess:

  • Three papers passed at the principal level of  A/L examination. The papers passed should include the subjects to be combined  with education; ACE with at least an overall merit level passes in the various  areas including the subject to be combined with education; and
  • NCE with at least passes in the various areas  including the subject to be combined with education (a minimum of 6 points by  the point system. However, points from Education practice do not count). In  addition to each 2 (i), (ii) above; a candidate, for a B.Sc programme should  possess O/L credit/merit level pass in mathematics.

3.         For admission into two-year degree programme  leading to the award of a B.Sc. degree, candidates should possess at least  overall merit level passes in areas including the subject to be combined with  education (at least 9 points following the point system. However, points from  education practice do not count). Section 2 (i), (ii) and (iii) (a) (b) above  apply.



Dr E.N. Amasike Faculty Dean

The  faculty of engineering encourages the creative application of scientific  principles to design or develop structures, machines, apparatus, or  manufacturing processes, or works, utilizing them singly to operate the same  with full cognizance of their design; or to forecast their behaviour under  specific operating conditions, all as respects an intended function, in  relation to economics of operation and safety to life and property.At the moment, there are four  departments in the faculty. They are:
1.         Agricultural Engineering
2.         Civil Engineering
3.         Electrical/Electronic Engineering
4.         Mechanical Engineering


To be admitted into  any department in, a candidate must possess the Senior Secondary School  Certificate of Education or its equivalent with credit passes in at least five  subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Economics and any other two  from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, Agricultural Science, Technical  Drawing and Fine Arts. The five credits must be obtained in not more than two  sittings.
Direct Entry (DE)
Holders of degrees in  related disciplines, HND Estate Management, Higher School certificate (HSC) or  General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advance level in two relevant subjects  may be admitted into the programme provided they also meet the entry  requirement of five credits mentioned in 5.1 above.




Prof Arc. U.A Awuzie Faculty Dean       

The goal of the environmental Science course is to provide  students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required  to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and  analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the  relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative  solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.
There  are eight Departments in the faculty of Environmental Sciences, namely:
1.   Architecture
2.   Building
3.   Estate Management
4.   Fine and Applied Art
5.   Geography and Environmental Management
6.   Surveying and Geoinformatics
7.   Quantity Surveying
8.   Urban and Regional Planning


(a)        Entrance  Examination
UME  candidate with credits passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and two  of Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Fine Art, Biology, Geography and Economics at  SSCE level, GCE ‘O’ Level or its equivalent are eligible for admission.
(b)        Direct  Entry
(i)         Candidate  who fulfil the ‘O’ Level admission requirements and who have obtained GCE ‘A’  Level, HSC or equivalent oases in Mathematics and Physics, or OND in  Architectural Technology at least at credit level are eligible for admission  into level 200.

(ii)        Candidate  who fulfil the ‘O’ Level admission requirements and who hold HND in  Architectural Technology at least at credit level are eligible for admission  into level 300.



Professor U.S.F. Nnabue Faculty Dean

The Faculty of Legal  Studies Programme is designed to turn out graduates in Law who will use their  knowledge of Law for social engineering. In teaching the law, students are  exposed not only to acquire the techniques, skills and knowledge of the  principles and rules of the substantive laws in action, but also to know the  scope and functions of the law which they may be called upon in the future to  interpret and administer.
Accordingly, the  Faculty is organized under four departments namely:
1. Department of   Commercial Law and Property.
2. Department of  International Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory.
3. Department of   Private law
4. Department of   Public Law


To be qualified for  admission, candidates must possess the senior Secondary School Certificate or  an ‘O’ level certificate with credit passes in five (5) subjects, including  English Language and English Literature obtained in not more than two sittings.  At least one of the credits must be in a science subject or the candidates must  have a pass in Mathematics. Such a candidate must also have an acceptable pass  in the University Matriculation Examination (UME)



Prof. Rev Fr. J.I Okonkwo Faculty Dean

The faculty aims to train students in the practical application of their knowledge to human development and to equip them for further studies in the discipline. Students will be engaged in teaching, research, outreach and creative production in the humanities and education in an environment in which individuals can develop the human values, linguistic competence and professional skills and activities that are relevant to the needs of the region. The university strives to train high-level Humanities students by ensuring that the teaching programmes are internationally competitive and locally relevant, producing outstanding teaching and research outputs in the Humanities by employing the best possible academics and supporting staff and developing /utilising them to their full potential, applying management principles, guidelines, processes and practices to maintain and improve excellent academic achievements in the field of teaching and research, ensuring that by our achievements and services, values are strived at to the benefit of the individual. The University and the community we serve, significantly enrich students with the unique added values offered by studies in the Humanities.
The Faculty of Humanities is made up of five departments as follows:
1. English and Literary Studies
2. Philosophy
3. Religion
4. History and International Studies
5. Linguistics and Igbo Studies
6. Theatre Arts
7. French


Admission into any department is through the University Matriculation Examination (UME) with credit passes in five WASSCE, SSCE/GCE ‘O’ level subjects including English Language, History, Government, Literature in English and French for candidates who opt for the French department and also Igbo for those who opt for linguistics and Igbo studies.




Conducting excellent research and creating the  next generation of science talent in Nigeria have never been more important. The school ensures it delivers high-quality, research-enriched learning and  teaching programs which offer students the opportunity to pursue a career in an  allied health profession; in a corporate role in health; or as academics/health  sciences researchers and to increase participation of students from culturally  and socially diverse backgrounds in order to build a health workforce  appropriate for Australia’s social and cultural diversity. The Faculty of  health sciences accomplishes both of these, playing a key role in Nigeria’s  ability to compete scientifically on the world stage.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is headed by Professor.  J.N.B Nnadozie (a Professor of Optometry). The Faculty of Health Sciences is  made up of three Departments, namely:
1. Department of Optometry
2. Department of Medical Laboratory  Science
3. Department of Nursing Science


Candidates seeking  admission into the health science faculty, through this mode of admission shall  posses a Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC) or its equivalent with  credit in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and English language at ONE  sitting with a relevant pass in the joint matriculation examination (JME).


Candidates for direct  admission, in addition to satisfying the minimum entry requirements through  JAMB, shall possess any of the following:
i.          B.Sc. degrees or Higher National  diploma (HND) in Bio-chemistry, Microbiology or other related courses.
ii.         A pass in general certificate of  education at advanced level in physics, chemistry and biology (or Zoology) with  a minimum of five (5) credits as in UME mode of admission.
For candidates  seeking admission into the nursing science department,
Candidate  much have an appropriate pass in UME examination of the Joint Admission  Matriculation Board (JAMB). In addition, the candidate much hold WASSCE/ SSCE/  GCE or its equivalent with at least credit in 5 subjects (at not more than two  sittings) including English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and  Physics.


a.    Candidate with Registered Nurse  certificate much have five credits at ordinary level which much include  English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, and Physics at credit level at not  more that two sittings.
b.    Candidates with GCE Advanced level  certificate much also have appropriate pass in the screening test of the  University.
c.    Degree holders in science disciplines must  have not less than second class honours.
Direct  entry students will be placed at 200 level of study. The non-nursing qualified  direct entry students will be expected to sit for at least 2 professional  examinations like UME candidates. Already trained nurses can sit for the  professional examination not already possessed.




Prof. B.C. Jiburum Faculty Head

The college of  medicine and Health Sciences retained its status as a College when the  University changed from the collegiate arrangement to the Faculty structure in  compliance with the requirements of the Nigerian Medical Council.


The following are the  basic entry requirements to the various courses in the college:


The common mark of  admission into the MB, BS program is through a pass in the university  matriculation examination (UME). All candidates, no matter their mode of  admission are required to have passed G.C.E. O’ level or equivalent with  credits in English language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at one  and same sitting.
Direct entry  candidates are required to (a) obtain good passes at Principal level in the  Higher School Certificate or G.C.E Advanced level, or  equivalent, in Biology or Zoology, Chemistry  and Physics in one sitting or (b) be a university degree holder in a related  discipline at 2nd class upper division level or above.
Since 2006, post UME  screening has been introduced as a requirement for admission. Admission by  transfer from an approved medical school is possible, to qualify for the degree  of MBBS of this University, candidates must spend at least two years in the  school of medicine, (one of which must be the final year).
The curriculum for  the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) shall  normally last for six academic years, post “O’ level of G.C.E. (or equivalent),  but for students admitted with post ‘A’ Level G.C.E. (or equivalent), the  curriculum shall normally last for five years. The following undergraduate  courses are available in the College of Medicine, of the Imo State University,  Owerri.
a.    5/6 year medical course leading to the  degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB, BS).
b.    5/6 year course leading to the degree of  Doctor of Optometry (OD).
c.    4/5 year course leading to the degree of  Bachelor medical Laboratory Science (BMLS).
d.    4/5 year course leading to the degree of  bachelor of nursing Science (BNSc).


Medical Biochemistry
Community Medicine
Pathological Science
Obstetrics /Gynaecology




Dr G.O. Unanka Faculty Dean

The  Programme features a BSc (Hons) named degree which helps students analyse and  understand ideas, theories, methods and debates in this area. The Studies degree  gives students an understanding of contemporary global concerns and of the  political, economic, environmental and cultural dynamics of the global system.  The university provides socially relevant degree programmes in the Social  Sciences aimed at meeting the needs of the fast-growing Nigerian economy.


The faculty of social  science offers courses that runs for four years and admission into any  department requiresthat candidates  must obtain credit passes in five Ordinary Level subjects including English  Language, Literature in English, Government/History and at least a pass in  Mathematics but for those who opt for psychology, a credit pass in biology or  health science and mathematics is required.


There are five  departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences namely:
1.   Economics
2.   Library and Information Science
3.   Government and Public Administration
4.   Mass Communication
5.   Psychology
6.   Sociology and Anthropology



The  faculty of sciences is headed by Prof. B.E.B. Nwoke

The  science faculty helps develops your investigative skills and teaches the  students the tools of critical analysis and communication - skills for lifelong  learning. Many of the programs are specifically designed to cater to the  diverse needs of students who have a passion for science and would like to learn  more about their environment and where this exciting area could take them. The  comprehensive scope of the Faculty of Science at the Imo state University,  allows students to advance in data management and new computing developments,  understanding our environment and understanding human behaviour.


The Faculty of  Science has eight departments as follows:
1.   Animal and Environmental Biology
2.   Biochemistry
3.   Computer Science
4.   Pure and Industrial Chemistry
5.   Mathematics/Industrial Mathematics and  Statistics
6.   Microbiology and Industrial Microbiology
7.   Physics and Industrial Physics
8.   Plant Science and Biotechnology


University  Matriculation Examination (UME) candidates are expected to possess the Senior  Secondary Certificate (SSC) or its equivalent with credit passes in five (5)  subjects which must include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and any  other subject with a minimum of pass in English Language. The five credits must  not be in more than two sittings.



In 1995, the Senate  of the University established the College of Postgraduate Studies (CPGS).  However, when the University abandoned the unwieldy collegiate system to  embrace the more focused faculty structure in the 2001/2002 academic session,  the College of Postgraduate Studies became the School of Postgraduate Studies  (SPGS) with the status of a Faculty.
Applications for  admission into the school of postgraduate studies are drawn partly from  graduates of the University and those from other Universities. Presently,  students are enrolled in various Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Masters and  Doctorate Degree programmes.

The School of Postgraduate Board

The school is headed  by a Dean but the day-to-day administration is performed by the Secretary of  the School. The School is under the control of the School Board with the Vice-Chancellor  as the Statutory Chairman of the Board. According to the 2000 ‘Prospectus’ of  the School, other members of the Board are:
  1.   The Vice-Chancellor
  2.   The Dean SPGS)
  3.   The Associate Dean (SPGS)
  4.   University Librarian
  5.   Faculty/College Representatives
  6.   The School Secretary is the Secretary to the  Board.

Faculty/College of Postgraduate Committees

There are standing  postgraduate committees in every Faculty and the College of Medicine. These  postgraduate committee are headed by the Deans of faculties and other members are  the Professors and the heads of Department.
The Faculty/College  Officer in each Faculty/College serves as the Secretary of the postgraduate committee.  Recommendations, suggestions and decision about Postgraduate Studies are sent  from these Postgraduate Committees to the School of Postgraduate Studies for  final disposal action or for consideration and transmission to the University  Senate.




Director: Professor P.M.C. Ogomaka
The Institute of  Continuing Education Programme, Imo State University, Owerri offers degree and  diploma programmes. The degree programmes are in the disciplines of  Accountancy, Banking and Finance, Economics, Management, Marketing, Nursing  Administration, Government and Public Administration and Mass Communication.  But the diploma programmes are offered in all the disciplines above with the  exception of nursing Administration and Law. Each of the degree programmes is  for duration of between 4 and 5 years with the exception of Nursing  Administration of which the duration is three years due to the possession of  Higher Diploma equivalent certificate by the candidates.

Philosophy and Objectives

The philosophy of all  the various disciplines is derived from just the National Philosophy of  education as contained in Section 1, paragraph 1 of the national Policy on  Education. The national philosophy aims precisely at having:
1.   A free and democratic society
2.   A just and egalitarian society
3.   A united, strong and self-reliant nation
4.   A great and dynamic economy
5.   A land of bright and full opportunities for  all citizens

Based on the above  national philosophy, the Institute of Continuing Education Programme is out  with the following:

1.   To promote the acquisition of knowledge and  skills for national development by Nigerian and non-Nigerian who are in great  demand for it and to further their studies to obtain higher degree in the  chosen fields of study.
2.   To foster good fellowship and understanding  among the people of various ethnic groups in Nigeria no matter the sex, age,  background and interest.
3.   To conduct and promote research and  scholarship on continuing and distance education related issues in Nigeria.
4.   To provide retooling opportunities and  information on continuing and distance education related issues in Nigeria  through the holding of conferences, seminars and so on, for the generality of  workers both in the public and private sectors of the economy.
5.   To develop, benefit and strengthen  international, regional and local cooperation among institutions interested in  organizing distance education programme through t

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