Urban and Regional Planning
It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning (URP), a multi-disciplinary field concerned with the process and techniques of deriving and managing rural, urban and regional land uses and associated development challenges. The Department operates on a five years (5) full time degree programme (B.urp), structured to offer a broad-based comprehensive education and training in planning, design and management of the total environment.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning aspires to be a centre of excellence in training, research and professional guidance in Urban and Regional Planning in the nation.
To educate the next generation of planning professionals to be good representatives of our built and natural environments, to conduct innovative research that improves quality of life of all and to provide planning services to communities.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu was founded in 1985 as part of the then Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). At its inception it was known as the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Geography and Meteorology and ran two separate academic programmes for Urban and Regional Planning and Geography/Meteorology.
In 1990 the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Panel, which visited the Department, demanded the excision of Geography and Meteorology Department from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Subsequently, the NITP/TOPREC and NUC Accreditation visitation panels recommended the conversion of the degree awarded by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning from the Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) to Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (BURP) programme. The Industrial Attachment is restricted to firms of registered Town Planners and Departments of Urban and Regional Planning in private and public organizations, as well as organizations that produce Master plan, Landscape Plan, Landuse Plans and Local Planning Authorities.
In 1998, the NITP/TOPREC Accreditation Panel accredited the Department for a full period of five (5) years with effect from August 1995. NITP/TOPREC Accreditation Panel visited the Department again in 2004 and accredited the Department for a full period of five (5) years. The Department of Urban and Regional Planning ESUT is equipped to produce innovative and responsive Town Planners who are capable of meeting the expectations and challenges of the profession.
The successive Heads of Department from inception to date are as stated below:
- N. M David
- A. E. Kalu (late)
- L. N. Muoghalu
- I. Chidi Ugwu
- George N. Monye – 1995 – 1998
- Arthur Essaghah – 1998 – 2002
- B. O. Uwadiegwu – 2002 – 2005
- O. C. Agukoronye – 2005 – 2007
- Arthur Essaghah – 2007 – 2011
- Dr. E. A. Iyi – 2011- 2015
- Dr. (Mrs) Ugwu Lucy N (2015-Date)
ACEDEMIC PROGRAMS BEING RUN BY THE DEPARTMENT
- UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMME
- BACHELOR OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (BURP) DEGREE
- POST-GRADUATE PROGRAMME
- POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA (PGD)
- MASTERS OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (MURP) DEGREE
- DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D) DEGREE
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS BACHELOR OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (BURP) DEGREE
Admission requirement into the BURP program consist of 5 credit passes at the Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education (SSCE) or 5 (five) credits passes at the West African School Certificate (WAEC)/General Certificate of Education (GCE)/ National Education Certificate (NECO) “0” level Examination and their equivalents. The subjects must include English language and Mathematics, and any three taken from Physics, Geography, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Fine Arts, Economics and Government The admission shall normally be by JAMB entrance examination and candidates commence at the 100-level of the program.
For direct entry admission, candidates must possess five credits in SSCE or NECO and or WAEC/GCE 0/L or their equivalents, as listed above, of which at least two subjects shall be at the Advanced Level (A-Level), taken from Mathematics, Geography, Economics, Physics, Chemistry, Technical Drawing and Fine Arts.
Holders of Ordinary National Diploma (OND) either in Town Planning/ Urban and Regional Planning or related Disciplines in Environmental or and Social sciences who fully satisfy the following conditions:
- Satisfy minimum Ordinary level subjects as stated above.
- Scored not less than 60% (percent) average in subjects offered in the OND courses, such candidates will be admitted into the 200 levels of the programme.
In special cases, holders of HND and its equivalent and those transferring from other universities/institutions are admitted into appropriate part of the program. Those with HND are admitted into 300-level of the program.
Special Admissions (Admission through Pre-science)
The Enugu State University of Science and Technology admits candidates from the University’s Pre-Science program. Only candidates who satisfy the basic University entry requirements of 5 (five) credits passes and have attended the pre-science program of the University for 1 (one) year and passed the required subjects of the pre-science examination including passing JAMB examination for the succeeding year with a minimum score of 160 are admitted.
POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA (PGD) DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Graduates of ESUT, or graduates from other universities acceptable to the Postgraduate School and Senate of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), who hold a minimum of Pass Degree in Urban and Regional Planning with relevant 5 years post qualification experience are eligible to apply for the one (1) academic year programme which comprises two semester course work and final year dissertation or project.
Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) or its equivalent in Urban and Regional Planning with Upper Credit, or Lower Credit Pass with a minimum of five year practical experience(s), are also eligible to apply for admission for the one (1) year duration (as defined above) programme.
Graduates of ESUT, or graduates from other Universities acceptable to Senate who hold a minimum of a Third Class Degree in Architecture, Building, Land Surveying; Civil Engineering, Geography, Estate Management, Economics, Sociology, Law and other related fields, as well as, Holders of HND or its equivalent in the relevant disciplines as mentioned above but with a minimum of lower credit pass with relevant post qualification experience of 5yrs are also eligible to apply for admission for the one (1) year programme.
Duration of Study
The minimum period of study is one (1) academic year. Students are however required to attain necessary prescribed number of hours per week during the period of the study.
Nature of Study
The programme consists of lectures, seminars, field work and studio demonstrations. The minimum requirements for graduation comprise course work of 37 units, a cumulative weighted average score of 50% for all courses taken and a dissertation that is successfully defended orally
MASTER OF URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (MURP) DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Graduates of Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) or graduates from other recognized approved universities/institutions who hold or obtain a minimum of Second Class Honours Degree (Lower Division) in Urban and Regional Planning or Third Class Degree with 5 years relevant post qualification experience in the same field are eligible to apply for admission, for two (2) academic years duration.
Holders of Enugu State University of Science and Technology Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Urban and Regional Planning who score a FCGPA of not less than 2.5 are eligible to apply for admission for a two (2) year duration study programme.
Graduates of Enugu State University of Science and Technology or graduates from other recognized Universities who hold a minimum of Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in Architecture, Surveying, Law, Economics Sociology, Civil Engineering or from any other cognate discipline are also eligible to apply for admission for the two year professional masters programme.
Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) or its equivalent in Urban and Regional Planning with a minimum of Upper Credit pass, with relevant five years post graduation practical experience(s) may be eligible to apply for admission for the two (2) year duration programme (as defined above).
Duration of Study
The minimum period of study is two (2) years of twenty-four (24) calendar months for full-time students and forty-eight (48) months for part-time study. Students are required to obtain the prescribed number of hours per week/semester course work in each academic year.
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (Ph.D) DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Admission into a particular area of study depends on availability of a suitable supervisor for a Ph.D Thesis in that area. Candidates who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D programme are therefore advised to make prior enquires from the Head of Department before sending in an application.
To be eligible for admission, a candidate must possess a good M.URP, M.Sc or M.Phil Degree, from a recognized university, in the area he/she wants to pursue the Ph.D programme, and with a weighted average of not less than 60%. The quality of the degree must be such that it must meet the provisions of the regulations governing higher Degrees and Diplomas of ESUT. In addition to the above qualifications, candidates shall be required to satisfy all other conditions stipulated by the Department and the Postgraduate School of the University
Areas of Specialization
Candidates seeking research and/or teaching careers in Urban and Regional Planning will be accepted for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree. However, candidates must choose an area of concentration which must be in any field of Urban and Regional Planning in which the department offer strong support. These include:
- Urban Design
- Land use/ Transportation Planning
- Regional Development Planning
- Environmental Resource Planning and Management
- Planning Law and Administration
- Planning Theory
- Rural Development Planning
In other words, the focus of an area of concentration may be generalized or may be from the view point of a specialist emphasizing a function e.g. transportation, housing etc.
Duration of Programme
For the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D in Urban and Regional Planning, the minimum period of full-time study shall be three (3) academic years, of which at least two academic years shall be spent on research, the result of which shall be embodied in a Thesis.
The minimum period for part-time study of the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Urban and Regional Planning shall normally be four (4) academic years of which at least two years shall be spent on research, the result of which also shall be embodied in a Thesis.
Mode of Study
A candidate may register for either full-time or part-time. Members of staff of the University including teaching staff and research fellows who possess the necessary qualifications are qualified for part-time study only, unless they are granted full-time study leave by the university.
ACADEMIC STAFF AND TECHNOLOGIST IN THE DEPARTMENT
- Prof. Chidi. I. Ugwu
- Prof. O. C. Agukoronye
- Prof. Arthur Essaghah
- Dr. Edmund Iyi
- Dr. (Mrs) Lucy Nkeiruka Ugwu
- Dr. Okereke Kingsley
- Mr. Benneth Ugwuanyi
- Mr. hijioke Edmond
- Mr. Agu Henry
- Dr. Ajaelu Henry