Brief History of the Department

The Electrical Engineering Department was formally established in September, 1978 and is built around a number of highly qualified and experienced staff, seeks to attract students who have proven their academic capacity in mathematics, physics and chemistry and also exhibit logical thinking, creativity, curiosity, imagination, persistence and patience.  The students must in addition possess a satisfactory command of verbal and written English.

The Department defines as its goal the production of Engineers who can function well in a broad range of professional activities such as teaching, research and development, design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning, maintenance, operation, marketing, sales and management.  In order to achieve this, a comprehensive list of foundation courses must be taken and successfully completed before graduation.  These courses apart from Mathematics and computer methods include other engineering disciplines, sociology, ethics, etc.  The Department operates an academic programme which leads to a B.Eng. degree at a duration of five academic sessions for students who gained admission through UME; and four academic sessions, post A-level, direct entry.  The five-year programme is broken into nine semesters of residence and one industrial attachment.  Each semester is usually fifteen teaching weeks long and instruction is by courses quantified into course credits.  Lectures, tutorials, practical and projects are organized during each semester and every student in the programme is expected to participate fully since the grading system reflects each aspect.

The Industrial Training aspect of the degree programme is divided into four parts.  The first part is the Student Work Experience (SWEP) Program which is held at the end of the 200-level just after the end of-session break in the Faculty’s Workshops.  During this programme students are exposed to workshop practice and have a “hand-on” experience of practical engineering.  Entrepreneurial development and skill are being integrated into our programme.

The three other parts expose the students to real-life situations in an engineering establishment usually within the country.  The department has recorded impressive growth in the area of academic, administrative, staffing and infrastructures.