The Faculty of Management Sciences (formerly known as School of Management Technology) was established in 1998 with Prof S. L. Kela as the pioneer Dean of the Faculty. Other distinguished academics that also served as either substantive, acting or overseer Dean were Prof J. T. Oseni; Prof S. Kushwaha; Prof M. U. Malumfashi; and Dr. A. Y. Dutse all within the first ten years of establishment. From 2009 the following staff served as deans and deputy deans:
Deans Deputy Deans
Dr. A. Y. Dutse 2009-2011 Dr. P. Bogoro 2009-2013
Dr. Y. B. Maiwada 2011-2013 M. A. Umar 2013-2016
Dr. A. Y. Dutse 2013-2015 Dr. I. S. Ningi 2016-Date
Dr. A. Ahmad 2015-2017
It is pleasing to note that despite being one of the youngest faculty, the Faculty is a forerunner in many respects: both in terms of growth and academic excellence. For example, at inception, the Faculty had three (3) academic degree awarding courses. Today, the Faculty runs a total of seventeen (17) academic courses. The breakdown shows that there are 12 academic courses while the remaining five are professional/bridging courses and are hereunder presented for ease of reference:
In order to meet the dynamics of the evolving environment, the Faculty is proactively pursuing the mounting of various courses, some of which are presented below:
In addition to the growth in the range and depth of courses, the Faculty has also recorded astronomical progress in the quantity and quality of academic staff, and the staff development effort of the Faculty is on-going. At the moment for example, thirty-one (seven PhD and twenty-four Masters) academic staff are currently pursuing graduate degree programmes in different specialization areas across three continents. Similarly, the Faculty engages the services of renowned Adjunct Professors to further improve its service delivery capabilities. The Faculty members have a wide range of specialization in Accounting, Finance, Business Technology Management, Energy Project Finance, Project Management, Marketing, Management, MIS, Information Technology, Innovation Management, Cloud Computing, Entrepreneurship, Production and Operation Management, Supply Chain Management, International Relations, History, English as a foreign language among others. All these culminated with an outstanding Faculty, highly engaged and motivated students, and dedicated staff working as a team to create research-based interactive learning environment. The outcome in the quality of graduates is glaring. For instance, numerous graduates of the Faculty have won NITDA, Chevron, Shell and PTDF, scholarship awards. This is in addition to the numerous positive employers rating of our graduates. Students of the Faculty have also won many national competitions such as the First Bank Annual Essay and the National Taxation Competitions. As a result, the Faculty is inundated with requests from many professional societies, institutions and government agencies to run new programmes.
In terms of research and publication, the Faculty is the first in the University to formally create research groups across academic staff and run Graduate Research Training Series all in its effort to nurture and consolidate its position as a research hub. The Faculty hosted the second in the series, of international conference series in November 2016 and is determined to make it an annual continuous event. This, in addition to the authoritative Faculty journal (Journal of Management, Technology and Development) further consolidates our position as a research centre. In terms of academic discipline, the Faculty’s comprehensive model for examination invigilation was hailed as the best model for examination management by the University SERVICOM in its appraisal of the first semester 2014/2015 session examination. In fact, implementation of the model has led to zero case of examination misconduct at both 2nd semester 2014/2015 session and 1st semester 2015/2016 session.
The Faculty is also the first to have all of her postgraduates’ courses with full accreditation status from NUC. The Faculty also has full accreditation/partnership with many professional bodies including ICAN, CIBN, etc. The Faculty has come a long way and has recorded successes in a relatively short time; thanks to the efforts and dedication of her academic and support staff and the ever reliable and supportive University administration.
A lot has been achieved in less than two decades, this in spite of various challenges but there is room for improvement. The Faculty will continue to respond to the evolving challenges and at same time position herself to take advantage of the emerging opportunities as they present themselves.
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