1.1 BRIEF HISTORY
Following a competitive application for the establishment of Centres of Excellent in the West-African/Central African Sub-region, the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta was awarded the Centre of Excellence in Agriculture in 2013. The Centre named as Centre of Excellence of Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment (CEADESE) officially took off in FUNAAB on 16th February, 2014, following approval at a University Special Senate Meeting.
The objective of CEADESE is to strengthen human and material capacity for agricultural development. The Centre is focused on teaching, learning and research excellent in agricultural productivity in the face of climate change challenges. The proposed action plans to achieve these objectives are divided into two broad activities: capacity building and research activities in collaboration with industry and other stakeholders in Agriculture. The capacity building programme involves introducing new post-graduate curricula leading to Master & Doctoral Degrees in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment – (M.AgSE/PhD.AgSE) in response to specific productivity challenges, short-term skill acquisition for industry stakeholders, specialized workshops and to introduce internships during post-graduate studies. The action plan for research programme consists of partnering with regional and international centres to conduct post-graduate students’ research that are demand-driven and will lead to regional development. This is intended to forge closer relation with industry and stakeholders in Agriculture in order to respond to their developmental needs through demand-driven research projects. In addition, the Centre is embarking on thematic agricultural research projects of international interests targeted at mitigating climate and environmental challenges in the sub-region.
The M.AgSE /PhD AgSE degrees started with 6 programmes namely:
1.Crop Improvement and Seed Enterprise Development,
2.Livestock Science and Sustainable Environment,
3.Food Processing and Value Addition,
4.Hydrology and Climate Change and
5.Agricultural Mechanization and Sustainable Environment.
6.Agricultural Development and Environmental Policy
1.2 PURPOSE OF REVIEW AND NEW OPTIONS
The FUNAAB/CEADESE Implementation Plan specifies that there should be a review of the Academic Curriculum of each Programme. With the recent rationalization of programmes as directed/agreed with the subject experts of the World Bank, the following programmes are those approved for the next session (2015/2016) and for which their curriculum was reviewed:
1.Livestock Science and Sustainable Environment with Options of Animal Nutrition, Animal Biotechnology and Animal Physiology and Livestock Production Systems.
2.Crop and Pasture Production and Sustainable Environment with Options in Crop Production, Crop Pathology, Crop Protection, Pasture Production,……….
3.Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy
4.Food Processing and Value Addition
5.Environmental Systems and Agriculture with Options in Environmental Management, Hydrology, Waste Management, Water Resources Management, ……………
1.Candidates of all nationalities within and outside Africa possessing qualifications equivalent to recognized first degrees in relevant disciplines are eligible to apply.
2.The M. AgSE programme will generally be open to Science, Engineering and Agriculture graduates of B.Sc, B.Eng, B.Tech., B. Agric, B.Sc Agric and B. Tech Agric with a minimum of CGPA of 3.0. Holders of HND and other Degrees/Classes of Degree with PGD in any of Agriculture disciplines with a minimum weighted average score of 60% (or CGPA of 3.0 on a 5point scale) shall also be eligible for admission into the programme, on the condition that both set of candidates met basic university matriculation requirements of five (5) O’ level credits including English Language and Mathematics, and any other three (3) Science or Social Science subjects.
3.Applicants with degrees from Pure and Applied Sciences, Environmental Sciences and Agricultural Engineering are eligible to apply for Environmental Systems and Agriculture.
4.Admission into M.AgSE – Agricultural Economics and Environmental Policy – shall be open to Bachelor Degree holders in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agricultural Economics with Agricultural Extension.
5.The PhD AgSE programme will be open to Masters Degree holders in relevant courses to the different options in the programme.
1.Course work along with dissertation for 4 Semesters
2.3 – 6 months of Internship starting at the end of second semester
3.The third and fourth semesters are solely for research projects
4.M. AgSE candidates that are World Bank scholars will not be funded beyond the 4th semester.
1.PhD AgSE programmes will be research based, spanning maximum of 6 semesters.
2.Funded PhD AgSE programmes from the World Bank’s grant shall not be funded beyond the 6th semester (3 years).
To enable a PhD student complete the programme within 2/3years of admission into PhD, it is advisable that they keep to following timeline in the presentation of the various seminars and thesis defence.
⦁Submission of Research Concept Note. This should be done within 6 weeks of direct admission into PhD or within one semester of admission into Master/PhD programme.
⦁Presentation of the First Non-thesis Seminar. This should be done within the first semester of admission into PhD candidacy.
⦁Presentation of Research Proposal Seminar. This should be done within the Second semester of admission into PhD candidacy.
⦁Presentation of the Second Non-thesis Seminar. This should be done within the third semester of admission into PhD.
⦁Presentation of the Post-Data Seminar. This could be done towards the end of the third semester or during the fourth semester of admission into PhD candidacy. Note however, that a Post Data Seminar can only be presented after 6 months of presenting the Pre-Data Seminar.
⦁Presentation of the Final Public Defence of thesis. PhD candidates should work towards presenting the Final Public Defence of the Thesis before the end of their fourth semester or during the fifth semester of admission into PhD candidacy.
1.5 REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF HIGHER DEGREES
All Post Graduate Programmes run in the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta are subject to the rules and regulations guiding the award of higher degrees. It is therefore pertinent to note the general regulations guiding the award of higher degrees enumerated below:
To be eligible for admission into any postgraduate programme in FUNAAB, a candidate must have satisfied the basic University Undergraduate Matriculation requirements.
The Postgraduate Board shall have authority to consider application from Departments/Colleges in respect of this Section as at when necessary.
To be eligible for admission in the Postgraduate Diploma programme, candidates must be first-degree holders in a relevant discipline from any recognized University, or holders of HND with minimum of Upper Credit and not less than 3 years post-qualification experience.
To be eligible for admission into Professional Masters Degree programme, candidate must be a graduate of this University or any other University recognized by Senate and shall normally have obtained a minimum of Second Class (Lower Division) degree in the relevant field. Candidates with Third Class Degree/HND with Postgraduate Diploma from FUNAAB or other recognized Universities with minimum weighted average score of 60% or equivalent CGPA may be considered for admission into Professional Masters Degree.
To be eligible for admission into Academic Masters Degree programme, candidate must be a graduate of this University or any other University recognized by Senate and shall normally have obtained a minimum of Second Class (Upper Division) degree in the relevant field (in exceptional cases, candidates with Second Class, Lower Division).
Holders of Postgraduate Diploma (or Professional Masters Degree) from FUNAAB or other recognized Universities with minimum weighted average score of 60% may be considered for admission into Academic Masters Degree.
vii.Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)
To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy degree programme, a candidate must have obtained an Academic Masters/M.Phil with research degree of two years duration with a minimum weighted average score of 60% from this University or its equivalent from any other university/institution recognized by Senate of FUNAAB.
Candidates from other Universities running Masters Degree of less than 2 years duration and Masters Degree holders from FUNAAB with less than 60% weighted average can only be admitted into M.Sc/PhD or M. Agric/PhD programme, and shall be required to pass a PhD qualifying examination before proceeding to full PhD programme. For such candidates, the Department shall specify a minimum of 10 Units Course Work per session. No such candidate shall present a Pre-data seminar until having passed all prescribed courses, each of which the candidate must take and pass at 50% or higher grade. A Department may also specify a minimum weighted average score that such candidates must achieve before a conversion into PhD programme, provided that such benchmark has been approved by the Postgraduate School Board on the recommendation of the Department through the College Postgraduate Committee. Courses to be taken by a candidate in this regard shall be presented to and approved by the College PG Committee.
Candidates that have successfully completed academic Masters Degree programme within a session and satisfied the PhD admission requirements may be allowed to proceed to PhD programme on the recommendation of the College Postgraduate Committee and approval of same by the Postgraduate School Board.
viii.In addition to above requirements, prospective candidates for admission into Postgraduate Diploma and Masters Degree programmes may be required to undertake oral and/or written examinations before admission.