Dean’s Statement

The Faculty of the Social Sciences, University of Nigeria is a foremost Faculty and the largest in sub-Saharan Africa. The Faculty comprising nine (9) Departments and a unit known as Combined Social Sciences Unit with over twelve thousand (12,000) students and four hundred and twenty (420) academic staff. Presently the academic staff that are in Professorial cadre is almost fifty (50) in number. Currently out of the nine academic Departments, eight have full NUC Accreditation and the remaining Department has Interim Accreditation which will be upgraded to Full Accreditation before the year runs out. Apart from the numerical strength, the Faculty has been playing a leading role not only in the university but in the country and the global academic community as whole. It is therefore not surprising that the Faculty has over the years, produced a number of world-renowned academics and Professors. No doubt, the Faculty of the Social Sciences has carved a niche for itself in research and publication. Recently, the Faculty was ranked among the Best Faculty of the Social Sciences in the World as a result of the quality of her researchers and research output. Moreover, the academic staff of the Faculty have continued to contribute to this drive for global competitiveness and visibility of the University through their productive international collaborations and research outputs. The Faculty also has a number of Alexander von Humboldt and Fulbright Fellows. Several other staff of the Social Sciences are currently undergoing doctoral and post-doctoral training in the South Africa, UK, Germany, Kenya and several other countries. This, no doubt, shall contribute remarkably in building the critical mass of expertise of the Faculty to effectively tackle 21st century sustainability and research challenges while also having trickle down effects on the quality of teaching and learning in the Faculty. The Faculty of the Social Sciences is also collaborating with CLEEN Foundation and United Nations agencies such as UNICEF and UNESCO in organizing Conferences, Workshops and in mounting postgraduate programmes in Social Policy.

My administration which started in August 2020 has not only maintained the standard set by my predecessors but has tried to improve on it. During my administration, the image and visibility of the Faculty have improved significantly through a number of academic activities and community services. For instance, the Faculty organized widely participated Virtual International Conference in collaboration with UNESCO, BAYWOOD Foundation, Nigerian Political Science Association with technical support from the CLEEN Foundation. Arising from the quality of the papers, two international indexing bodies graciously offered to publish 30 of the conference papers in their respective journals. The process in nearing completion. In October 2021 we migrated to hybrid international conference organized in collaboration with CLEEN Foundation and UNESCO. The conference attracted accomplished global scholars and practitioners. Presently, we have activated and funded over 30 functional Committees and are collaborating with World Class and globally-competitive Impact Factor publishing journals to improve the quality and visibility of the Faculty Journal. We are on the verge of publishing a Special Edition on COVID-19 Pandemic. Moreover, that Faculty has lined up a number of Erudite Personalities and Statesmen to present public lecture at the Distinguished Faculty of the Social Sciences Lecture Series. Some of these personalities include: His Excellency Anyim Pius Anyim, Dr Jude Nzah, the Isagwa of Ogbasi-Ukwu, His Excellency Alhaji Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Emperor Baywood Ibe, among several others. The Faculty has also formed several research groups and a Centre of Excellence on Research, Proposal Writing and publications will soon be established and in the long run, the Faculty shall establish an Institute to drive Research, Creativity and Development. The Faculty is therefore living up to the expectation; thanks to the quality and commitment of our staff. You are therefore invited on board to share in these positive developments. Indeed, we shall make all things new in our great Faculty of Peace, Brotherhood and Collegiality.

 

Professor Aloysius-Michaels Okolie

Dean, Faculty of the Social Sciences