HISTORY OF THE PROGRAMME:

The department of Economics and Development Studies was one of departments created in 1999 at the inception of Igbinedion University Okada. The curriculum for the department was prepared through the combined efforts of eminent professors in Economics engaged as consultants and pioneer staff of the department. Since 1999 the curriculum has been implemented adhering to the National Universities Commission approved guidelines to achieve the goal of graduating sound Economists with Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Development Studies in line with the philosophy and objectives of establishing the Department.

PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION:

The philosophy and mission statement underlying the Economics and Development studies programme of Igbinedion  University Okada is to produce graduates equipped with critical skills and abilities to: abstract using simplified models that identify the essence of a problem; analyse and reason both deductively and inductively; marshall evidence, assimilate structure and analyse qualitative and quantitative data; communicate concisely the results to a wide audience, including  those with no training in Economics; think critically about the limits of one’s  analysis in a broader socio – economic context; and draw economic policy inferences and to recognize the potential constraints in their implementation.

OBJECTIVES OF THE DEGREE PROGRAMME

Provide training in the principles of economics and their application appropriate to the type of degree concerned: single, joint and combined studies;

   Stimulate students intellectually through the study of economics and to lead them to appreciate its application to a range of problems and its relevance in a variety of contexts;

   Provide a firm foundation of knowledge about the workings of  an economy and to  develop the relevant skills for the constructive use of that knowledge in a range of settings;

   Develop in students the ability to apply the analytical tools, knowledge and skills acquired to solution of societies’ economic problems,

   Equip students  with appropriate tools of analyses to tackle issues and problems of economic policies;

   Develop in students, through the study of economics, a range of transferable skills that will be of value in employment and self – employment;

   Provide students with  analytical skills and the ability to develop simplified frameworks for studying the real world;

   Provide students with the knowledge and skill base, from which they can proceed to further studies in Economics, related areas or in interdisciplinary areas that involve Economics; and

   Generate in students an appreciation of the economic dimensions of wider social and political issues

To produce honest and independent minded graduates with the highest ideals of academic excellence and ethical standards, who would aspire to leadership positions in the country.