Urban & Regional Planning – History

About Department of Urban and Regional Planning,

University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus

The Department of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, started officially in September 1982. This was sequel to the ground work done by Prof. J.A. Umeh, who was the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at that time. Prof. J.A. Umeh set up a committee to help fashion out the undergraduate programme.

Later Mr. L.C. Umeh then a lecturer in Estate Management and also a member of the committee above, was appointed the pioneer Head of Department which at inception took off with a total of 6 academic staff among whom is Dr H.C. Mba, 4 support staff and 28 undergraduate students.

In its early stages of development, the University of Stracthclyde, Glasgow (UK) helped to midwife the fledgling department through linkage programmes.

The department grew steadily in staff strength, student population and repute within the University and beyond. By 1986/87 academic session when it turned out its first set of graduates, it had a total student population of about 200. By the 1987/88 academic session, the undergraduate programme of the department was accredited by the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP). Since then, it has continued to live up to the professional rating and standards of the NITP and Town Planners Registrations Council of Nigeria (TOPREC).

The postgraduate programme namely: , the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP), , the Master of Science in Urban & Regional Planning MSc), and the Ph.D programme took off in 1993/94 session.

Over the years, the department has been able to train qualified Urban Planners who are engaged in diverse private and public sector employment in such places as the banking sector, various town planning authorities, development authorities and ministries.

The Department offers a standard 5 – year programme leading to Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP).The degree is acquired through coursework and project/research report. The Department offers service courses to other departments in the University that request for them.