1.HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department Agricultural Economics and Extension commenced at the inception of the University in November, 2002. There were two programmes being run in the Department. These were the Programme of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management and Agricultural Extension and Rural Development. A teaching staff was employed to coordinate the affairs of the programmes at the take off stage. The programme has since then witnessed tremendous growth in staff strength, student population and training facilities. The department started off in the temporary site and has now moved to its permanent site with up-to-date office facilities and other convenience for teaching and learning. The staff strength as at today is six, comprising of a Reader, two Lecturers I, one Lecturer II and one Assistant Lecturer. The Department started with a student population of 14 and has now risen to a population of about 160 students.
The programme is established to produce first rate Agricultural Economists with a broad based training in agricultural sciences who can combine Godliness and academic excellence with a strong sense of ethical responsibility to provide solutions to problems of the agricultural industry and respond to the varying challenges of day-to-day existence thereby contributing meaningfully to rural, national and global development. The programme is designed to equip her graduates with sound diagnostic measures, updated techniques of analysis of economic resource utilization and efficiency. In addition to development of result oriented research, the program provides avenues for developing and broadening of the entrepreneurial horizon of graduates.
3.1.1University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
a.Credits at SSCE, GCE, NECO or approved equivalents in at least 5 subjects which must include English and Mathematics and any other three science/social science subjects which may be specified by each Faculty.
b.The 5 Credits should be obtained in not more than two sittings and must have been obtained within the last 5 years.
c.Candidates awaiting results may apply.
d.All applicants will be required to go through Bowen University’s Screening Exercise without which a candidate will not be offered admission into the University.
e.Interested candidates who have applied to the JAMB for admission and wish to change their first choice to Bowen University are required to:
(i)apply for change of institution through JAMB
(ii)obtain the BOWEN UNIVERSITY application form
(iii)participate in the screening exercise
f.All applicants are required to obtain JAMB forms as well as BOWEN UNIVERSITY application forms before they can qualify for the screening exercise.
3.2Departmental Admission Requirements
The Departmental admission requirement is common to the two programmes available in the department.
3.2.1Degree Programme Option
5 ‘O’ level credits to include English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Agric. Science, Chemistry and one of Physics, Geography or Economics.
English Language, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics/Physics.
(a)NCE, OND and approved equivalents in relevant fields and at least the Upper Credit level;
(b)Two Advanced Level subjects;
(c)The Interim Joint Matriculations Board (IJMB) at acceptable grade levels.
(d)In addition to the two Advanced Level papers to be specified by the Faculty or programme, candidates must have credits in three other relevant Ordinary Level subjects.
(d)Programme/ Sub-discipline/ Discipline Structure to include period of formal studies in the Universities, Industrial training ,planned visit and projects:
*Two semesters of 15 weeks each for five years for UME entry
*In the first three years courses are offered
*Fourth year is Internship year
*In the fifth year courses and final project are offered.
(e)Course content specification syllabus of all courses in the Programme /Sub-Discipline/ Discipline.
A.M.Sc. Degree Programme
(i)A candidate for admission to the Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics shall be a graduate of Bowen University or any other University recognized by the Senate of Bowen University who possesses a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) honours degree in Agricultural Economics or Economics or any other related discipline.
(ii)HND Upper credit plus PGD at distinction level.
Any candidate with a lower qualification at the B.Sc. level would be required to pass a qualifying Examination to be administered at the Departmental level before proceeding on the programme.
In addition to these requirements, the candidate must certify the ‘O’ Level requirements of Bowen University i.e. ‘O’ Level credit passes in five subjects at not more than two sittings including English Language, Mathematics, Biology /Agricultural Science, Chemistry and one of Physics, Geography or Economics.
B.Ph. D Degree Programme
A candidate for admission to the Ph.D programme in Agricultural Economics shall be a graduate of Bowen University or any other University recognized by the Senate of Bowen University who possesses M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and has attained a 60% (B) level pass or minimum CGPA of 3.5 in the M.Sc. degree programme and show satisfactory research potential.
4.ACHIEVEMENT SINCE INCEPTION
The Department which started with 3 staff members and 14 students has grown steadily to now consist of nine Academic staff members and the current student enrolment are over 140 students. The department has graduated about 130 students with 4 of them graduating with a First Class (Honours) degree. The graduated students of the department have been gainfully employed in different spheres of life and one of them already employed as an Assistant Lecturer in this department. The National University Commission (NUC) had fully accredited the two programs in the Department in year 2006 and 2012. The department has also been accredited to run both M.Sc. and Ph.D programmes and the M.Sc. programme has taken off.
In addition a member of staff of the department has won various fellowships such as the Africa Economic Research Consortium, Netherlands Fellowship Programme and Idachaba Foundation for Research and Scholarship.
The department is also actively involved in the Farmers Forum which is an avenue that established a town-gown relationship with farmers in the neighbouring towns and villages. This is an outreach programme that has assisted in boosting the productivity of farmers in Iwo Community in strengthening the friendly relationship between the University and our immediate environment.
5.UPCOMING NEWS AND EVENTS
The department is planning among ushers, the following programmes to assist in the Teaching –Learning process and the growth of the department:
1.Inauguration of the Agricultural Economic student Association.
2.Quarterly meetings with the “Organized Farmers Forum”.
3.Statistical and Research Methodology Training workshops for staff members and final year students.
4.Hosting of Professional Bodies in Conferences such as NRSA (Nigerian Rural Sociology Association), AESON (Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria), FAMAN (Farm Management Association of Nigerian), NAAE (National Association of Agricultural Economists).
5.Specialized Seminars on Contemporary Issues for staff and students.
6.Floating of Departmental-based Journal of Agricultural Economics.
7.Hands –on practical Exposure of students to different types of small scale Businesses.
8.Consultancy services and Farmers Advisory Services.