The first postgraduate
degree of the University was awarded in 1952 when it was still a
University College under the scheme of the special relationship with the
University of London. By 1962, when the University College transformed
into the independent University of Ibadan, there were 64 students
registered for higher degrees, some of whom decided to transfer their
registration to the University of Ibadan.
to administer the higher degree programme, the Senate of the University
of Ibadan created the Higher Degrees Committee on 28 January 1963, and
charged it with the responsibility of considering recommendations from
the Faculty Boards on matters relating to the pursuit of higher degrees
at the university. As time went and the number of higher degrees
students increased, it was found that the cumbersome procedure involved
in processing postgraduate matters from Faculty Boards of Studies
through Faculty Boards to the Higher Degrees Committee and, finally, to
Senate was delaying recommendations, which often took as long as a year
to get to Senate. As a result of recommendations from the Faculty Boards
and the Higher Degrees Committee, Senate in 1970 established the Board
of the Postgraduate Studies to replace the Higher Degrees Committee.
This new Board was given the power to exercise its own initiative in the
development of postgraduate work in the university.
1975/76 session, the Federal Government through the National
Universities Commission designated University of Ibadan a centre of
excellence for postgraduate enrolment to cater for the academic staff
requirements of the newly established universities and other national
and international obligations. On June 28, 1976, Senate approved the
reorganization of the Board of Postgraduate Studies, and upgraded it in
status to the School of Postgraduate Studies.
Postgraduate School, as it is presently structured, was approved by
Senate (Senate Paper No. 2618 of 29th May 1978). Postgraduate teachers
are based in the University departments and their inputs into the
decision-making processes of the Postgraduate School are made through
their respective Deans and Sub-Deans (Postgraduate) of Faculties
Representatives, and the Heads of Departments who are the Chief
Examiners of departmental postgraduate examinations.
Deputy Registrar, PG School