The Department started in 2002 when the University commenced. Postgraduate programme started in 2003 with two students. There were five postgraduate teachers at commencement of the programme. The Department has graduated 18 Ph.D students and over 100 Masters students to date. NUC resource verification and accreditation exercise undertaken by NUC at different times were successful. The Computer Science programme at both M.Sc and Ph.D are fully accredited. The Department is blessed with strong and functional postgraduate departmental committee members consisting of 8 Professors and 6 Senior lecturers.
The programme is committed to becoming internationally recognized for research at the intersections of knowledge domains within computer science and between computer science and other disciplines, especially where such research can empower the human potential in service to science and society. We will reinforce, extend and diversify our strengths in interdisciplinary innovation and collaboration while striving to become recognized for addressing critical, scientifically important problems.We are comitted to creating a graduate research environment and culture that fosters excellence and diversity, and inspires a generation of computer scientist externally visible to the college, university, and international computing communities. Our postgraduate programme at masters and doctoral levels will be competitive for faculty appointments at peer or better departments or equivalent industry positions. We will achieve and sustain a level of M.Sc and Ph.D production competitive with peer departments and meeting college benchmarks.
1.2 Mission of the programme
The programme mission is to provide students and faculty with an open environment that fosters professional and personal growth. We will prepare our students for successful careers in the computing professions through flexible programmes of study that can be adapted to support individual career goals.We will also create and disseminate knowledge through research and education in the theory and application of computing, to better the state and nation, and to equip our students to succeed and contribute to the society.
The Philosophy of the programme is to nurture graduates and post graduates students, by leveraging on sound foundational training and skills in the Computer and Information Sciences in order to become globally relevant in the industrial and academic domains, for emergence as future leaders. The programme is committed to producing highly creative and innovative post graduates that are competent enough to be self-employed in the field of Computer Science, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Management Information System and its allied disciplines, or in the least be immediately employable.
1.4 Postgraduate Programmes Available
The Department of Computer and Information Sciences offers two postgraduate degree programmes in Computer Science namely: a. Master of Science (M.Sc) in Computer Science with options in: o Software Engineering o Artificial Intelligence, and o Bioinformatics. b. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Computer Science with options in: o Software Engineering o Artificial Intelligence, and o Bioinformatics.
1.5 Aim of the Programmes
The aim of the programme in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences is to produce computer scientists and information systems analysts whose professional and intellectual capabilities meet the ever-changing challenges of theInformation and Communications Technology (ICT) industry in terms of practice, teaching and research.
1.6 OBJECTIVES OF THE POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMMES
Specifically, the objectives of the postgraduate programmes are as follows: i. To develop post graduates with skills and knowledge needed to meet the requirements of a rapidly advancing and challenging field of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). ii. To produce post graduates with IT skills and prepare them for the industry and global competitiveness. iii. To produce highly creative and innovative graduates and post graduates that are competent enough to be self employed in the field of Information Technology and its allied disciplines, or in the least be immediately employable. iv. To develop human capital with emphasis on creating a knowledge-based society. v. To develop manpower to pursue careers in a wide range of professions including software development, web design, and system administration, project management, and computational sciences, that would foster the attainment of the Vision 20:2020 and the Millennium Development Goals. vi. To provide a broad and balanced foundation in Computer Science knowledge and practical skills. viii. To provide students with knowledge and skills base for further studies in computer science or multi-disciplinary studies involving computer science.
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