University of Ibadan

The Department took off in 1983 as the Centre for Urban and Regional Planning under the Department of Geography but became a fully-fledged department in 2004\. It started with the professional Master of Urban and Regional Planning but as of 2011 it offers six postgraduate programmes which are fully accredited by the Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC). The student population in the 2010/2011 academic session stood at 192.\n\nThe Department established a linkage programme with the World Health Organization which designated it in 1992 a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Health and Physical Planning with all its rights and responsibilities. Between 1993 and 1996, the Department participated in the US-sponsored University Development Linkage Project (UDLP) which involved four tertiary institutions in Nigeria (University of Ibadan; Obafemi Awolowo University; The Polytechnic, Ibadan; and Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research) and another four institutions in the US (University of Iowa, Iowa State University, University of Northern Iowa, and Des Moines Community College). Through this linkage, the Department played host to many Iowa State University students in the Minority International Research Training Programme jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Health, Michigan State University/CIKARD and Iowa State University, Ames. The linkage facilitated the invitations of Prof Layi Egunjobi and Dr Bolanle Wahab as visiting scholars to the Centre for Indigenous Knowledge for Agriculture and Rural Development (CIKARD), Iowa State University, in 1994, and also Prof Tunde Agbola and Dr Bolanle Wahab as visiting professors to the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, in 1996\. The academic linkage culminated in the decision in 1997 to have the Yoruba Resource Centre for Indigenous Knowledge (YORCIK) domiciled in the Department with Prof Layi Egunjobi as the pioneer coordinator and Dr Bolanle Wahab as co-coordinator. The Senate of the University of Ibadan in May 2010 established the Indigenous Knowledge and Development (IKAD) programme as one of the six units of the Centre for Sustainable Development, and appointed Dr Bolanle Wahab as the pioneer coordinator.\n\nThe Department is also an active member of the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) and has a working relationship with Les Ateliers - an international network related to planning and urban design, based in France. In 2010, one of our MSc Urban and Regional Planning students, Adelowokan Sogo, participated in the International Design Studio on Sustainable Development of Lokpodji Lagoon Bank in Porto-Novo, along with 20 other students from 12 countries, while Dr Wahab served as a member of the international jury. Lasisi Mubarak participated in the 2011 International Design Studio in Porto-Novo organised by Les Ateliers (July-August). Between 2007 and July 2011, the Department hosted a PhD candidate from each of Yale University, University of Waterloo, and Ontario University.\n\nThrough Prof Agbola, the Department has relationships with the Human Settlement Network (HS-Net) based in Nairobi, and the State of African Cities Project based at the University of Cape Town.\n\nThe Department was commissioned in 2005 by the University of Ibadan administration to review the 1982 Campus Plan and prepare a new master plan for the University, to include the Ajibode Extension (which is about the same size as the existing campus). The plan was prepared by a team of professionals led by Prof Agbola.