BSc in International Relations and Strategic Studies


Program Description

College of Arts and Social Sciences

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 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.

The Department of International Relations and Strategic Studies is one of the Departments of the College of Arts and Social Sciences in Igbinedion University, Okada. Igbinedion University is the Premier Private University in Nigeria, with Certificate No. 001 issued on April 20, 1999.

The primary objective of the University is to advance knowledge, wisdom, and understanding through dedicated research, teaching and service to the community, nation and humanity. The university’s vision is to become a centre of academic excellence through focused teaching and research that respond to communal and global human needs. While its mission is to be among the best and most successful Universities in the world.

The founding father of the University and its Chancellor and Visitor., Chief (Dr.) Sir Gabriel Osawaru Igbinedion was partly motivated by the need to bequeath to present and future generations of Nigerians, University Education of International Standard with regular and uninterrupted academic calendar as obtains outside Nigeria and the need to nurture a university that with time can rank among the best in the world in terms of personnel services, students’ performance in learning and character, equipment an facilities: as well as academic standards.

The University is geared towards meeting the four key roles of any University worth its salt: teaching, research, learning and community service and being both a storehouse of social civilization and a catalytic arrowhead for moving the civilization forward and receding the frontiers of ignorance, disease, technological backwardness and man’s inhumanity to man. Igbinedion University is a liberal and secular institution with strong moral values and a guiding motto of “knowledge and Excellence”. It is committed to the production of a total being who can stand up for truth, justices and excellence.

The University admitted its batch of 111 students on October 15, 1999, for its first academic session of 1999/2000. from this small size, the student population has steadily risen to 5,000 today in the over eight (8) Colleges which serve as the engine room for high-quality degree courses offered by the University which has rewarding links with industry, commerce and prestigious Universities in Nigeria. Africa and the world for the benefit of its students.

The strength of the University lies in its orientation towards practicality, productivity, self-employability, self-sustenance and self-reliant training and education for its students. The University’s current Vice-Chancellor is Prof. Eghosa Osaghae.

The Department of International Relations and Strategic studies came into existence in the 2001/2002 session (September 1, 2001) with only two students (offered direct entry admission) and graduated its first batch of students in the 2003/2004 sessions. The department has remained one of the leading departments in the university providing high-quality education and imparting relevant skills and competencies to students in International Relations, Diplomacy, and Strategy. In short, the department, following its students and staff’s successful and historic tour of strategic national and international establishments at home and abroad prides itself today as the strategic flagship of Igbinedion University. These establishments include the Defence Headquarters ECOWAS Commissions, Nigeria Police Force Headquarters, United States Embassy, National Defence College, Chinese Embassy, Nigeria’s High Commission in Ghana, University of Ghana, the Embassy of Nigeria, European Union Headquarters in Belgium, to list a few.

The history of the department revolves around certain leadership personalities who saw to it affairs. These are Mr. N. Akpan who was the pioneer Lecturer in-charge; Mr. Nwanakama who came after him as Lecturer in-charge and Professor Yesufu who oversaw the department from his Department of English. Professor A. Uba handled the department briefly from the Guidance and Counseling Unit, before Mr. J. Aghahowa came on board as Acting Head of Department. He handed over to Professor O.B.C. Nwolise who became the first substantive Head of the Department from January 15, 2008, and was succeeded in 2009 by Dr. Joseph Aihie in who handed-over the baton to the incumbent, Dr. Femi Olufunmilade in August 2011. The department got its full accreditation from the National University Commission (NUC), for the first time, under the leadership of Dr. Olufunmilade.

Since January 2008, the department commenced a process of transformation and expansion from ‘International Relations’ to ‘International Relations and Strategic Studies’. The essence is to enable the University to be part of the pioneering processing of Africa for the advancement of strategic thought (which is currently very low in the continent) for better governance and catalyzed development to make Africa relevant in 21st century world affairs. In pursuit of this, the department undergraduate courses have been expanded. Also, the department has a comprehensive postgraduate programme with academic professional components, which enables it to offer academic M.Sc., and Ph.D. Political Science (International Relations specialization) in conjunction with a sister department - Political Science and Public Administration – since it has requisite staff germane for that.

Vision of the Department

The vision of the Department is to be counted among the first ten outstanding departments of International Relations and Strategic Studies in the world.

Mission of the Department

The mission of the Department is:

  1. To make the study of International relations really international and imbued with practical diplomatic and strategic calculus.
  2. To produce qualified and competent graduates who can stand their grounds anywhere in the world and serve the nation and humanity with expertise and humanity, in diplomatic, industrial, or administrative circles.
  3. To establish productive relations with strategic national and international institutions.

Undergraduate Degree Programme

At the undergraduate level, the department offers a degree programme open to both UME and Direct Entry students leading to a B.Sc. in International Relations and Strategic Studies. The programme is designed to train graduates who would be well informed, equipped, and exposed to contemporary issues to apply themselves effectively to the ever-changing global environment. The programme is also aimed at producing graduates who understand, appreciate and comprehend the burning issues in International Relations and can find professional engagements and careers in diplomatic service, the security and intelligence agencies, multinational corporations, international organizations and the academia, in addition to those who will operate in private capacities.

The requirements for the award of this B.Sc. under the 4 years degree programme are:

  1. UME: This requires a minimum of five credits in the school certificate examination or its equivalent at not more than two sittings including English Language, Governments, Economics and two other courses. Candidates are also expected to have at least a pass in Mathematics.
  2. Direct Entry: Three credits in the School Certificate or its equivalent, plus two relevant subjects in the GCE “A” Level or its equivalent, Diploma in Law, International Relations or any other related courses may also be considered.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The University commenced its academic programmes in the 1999/2000 session in five Colleges namely, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Management Studies, Health Sciences, Law and Natural and Appli ... Read More

The University commenced its academic programmes in the 1999/2000 session in five Colleges namely, Arts and Social Sciences, Business and Management Studies, Health Sciences, Law and Natural and Applied Sciences. Read less