History of the Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies
The Centre for Peace and Strategic Studies was established through the approval of the Senate at its 193rd meeting of 20thJune, 2008. The Centre, domiciled in the Faculty of Arts for the purpose of certification was established to contribute to the Postgraduate training of the much needed manpower in the areas of Peace, Development, Security and Strategy. It has since been working assiduously to fulfill its mandate. The Centre operates from its permanent building along the Dam Site. It has as tenants, the Centre for International Education (CIE) and Unilorin Archives and Documentation Centre. The Centre, since its inception has had five (5) Directors. These are:
- Professor Isaac Olawale Albert from the University of Ibadan,
- Professor Felicia Olabisi A. Olasehinde-Williams from the Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin,
- Dr. Joseph Odekunle Fayeye (Reader) from Department of Sociology and later from the Department of Social Work,
- Dr. Mahfouz Adebola Adedimeji (Reader) from the Faculty of Arts, University of Ilorin, and,
- Prof. Noah Yusuf from the Department of Sociology.
At inception, the Centre commenced with the M. A. and Doctor of Philosophy in Peace and Development Studies. Currently the Centre runs three (3) Academic Programmes at the Master level, viz:
- M. A. Peace and Development Studies which is offered for regular students
- M. A. Peace and Security Studies (under a MoU with the Institute for Security Studies in Abuja and organised solely for Security personnel. It is a 9 month Programme whereby the first six months is done at the Institute for Security Studies in Abuja. The transcripts from Abuja is transferred to the University of Ilorin where the next three months is undertaken, the end of which the M. A. Peace and Security Studies of the University of Ilorin is awarded, following due process.
- M. A. Peace and Strategic Studies is under a MoU with the Nigerian Army (Nigerian Army School of Education, NASE). The Army nominates candidates (soldiers) who are already undergoing a three month course semester in the Executive Management Course in NASE. They, thereafter spend the next semester at the University of Ilorin, at the end of which they are awarded the M. A. in Peace and Strategic Studies.
The Centre also offers the MPhil./Ph.D and Ph.D Programmes only in Peace and Development Studies to further boost and enrich its academic activities, the Centre is involved as part of the students curricula, the following:
- Annual Peace and Conflict Field Experience and Training (PCFEAT). This was formerly known as Conflict Field Experience and Training (CFEAT);
- A Biennial International Conference;
- International Peace day celebrated on 21st September annually; and
- Conflict Management Capacity Building Retreat (CMCB) formerly known as ADR Retreat
- Annual Roundtable on Peace, Security and National Development
- Annual CPSS Alumni lecture