The Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies (IPSS) was established on September 14, 2015 at the regular Senate Meeting of the University of Ibadan (Paper Number 5788) to harmonise some existing academic programmes relating to peace and security from different Departments. This decision was taken to reposition the University of Ibadan as a major centre of excellence in peace studies and practice in Africa. The increasing threat of violent extremism to sustainable African development and the need to find actionable solutions to the problems makes this decision compelling. The Institute consists of the following Units:
(i) Peace and Conflict Studies Unit
MA, MPhil and PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies
Professional Masters in Peacebuilding and Development
Professional Masters in Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration.
(ii) Strategic Studies Unit
Msc. in Strategic Studies
(iii) Humanitarian and Disaster Management Unit
Professional Masters in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies
Professional Masters in Disaster and Risk Management
For strengthening its work, the IPSS hosts scholars and conflict management professionals from different parts of the world who come to deliver lectures, organize workshops and carry out simulation exercises that supplement existing class works. The work of the Institute also benefits from formal collaboration with the West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP), Accra, Ghana; the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), and the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, Abuja. Its MSc. course in Strategic Studies is done in collaboration with the National Defence College (NDC), Abuja.
The Institute is headed by a Director and three Unit Heads who work with a crop of seasoned Research Fellows/Adjunct Lecturers from within and outside the University of Ibadan.