Philosophy

The Department believes that its niche lies in providing a learning environment in which students acquire (a) insights into competing economic theories, underlying values and methodology, (b) capacity for investigating basic and applied economic phenomena and problems, (c) generalized and specialized problem solving skills, (d) capacity to start and grow businesses, (e) capacity for public policy analysis and (f) capacity to offer economic adviser to economic entities – individuals, households, businesses, governments and international organizations. The Department thus, believes in a synergic balance between (a) theory, tools and practice and (b) between universality and spatial uniqueness. To this end, the courses structure prepares students for (a) postgraduate work, (b) employment in private sector, (c) employment in public sector and (d) self-employment. It is interesting that a study by Garba, Arebgeyen and Usman (2004) found that students in the Department ranked postgraduate studies in economics first as their preferred options after graduation. Second was further study in business, law and accounting while employment in private and public sector were third and fourth respectively.