HUMANITARIAN AND DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT UNIT

The Unit houses the Professional Master Degree Programme in Humanitarian and Refugee Studies (MHRS) and Disaster Risk Management (DRM).

1. Professional Master Degree Programme in Disaster Risk Management (MDRM)
This programme which lead to the award of Professional Master in Disaster Risk Management commenced in the 2010/2011 Session in the Department of Geography as part of a collaborative initiative with the National Environment Management Agency (NEMA) to strengthen the relationship between ‘Town’ and ‘Gown’ and meet societal needs in providing adequate training in the field of disaster risk management. This programme was however transferred to the Institute in the 2016/2017 Session by the Senate of the University.

General Introduction
Disasters are sudden events or accidents which cause damage to life and property. In Nigeria like any other country of Africa, socio-economic development is often hampered by the occurrence of natural and human induced disasters which have increased in frequency and intensity in recent times. The main hazards encountered in the country range from frequent oil spills particularly in the Niger Delta, increasing industrial pollution in notable industrial centers across the country, rise in the number and severity of coastal and gully erosion in the south east and coastal areas, threat of drought and desertification in the Sahel region, pest infestation such as quella birds and locusts in Yobe-Bornu axis, avian influenza H5NI (bird flu) in some parts of the country, flood devastation and general land degradation nationwide.
This range of hazard is compounded by rapid population growth, urbanization, high incidence of poverty, and contravention of town planning regulations leading to occurrence of collapsed buildings. In addition, various socio-political issues including strong ethnic plurality, deteriorating livelihoods, perceived or real social marginalization, crime and general insecurity, heightened social and political tensions which occasionally lead to unrest and the displacement of people. All of these, along with natural disasters, make the impact of hazards more aggravated with enormous consequences for the economic development of the country.
Understanding and managing disasters require a multidisciplinary approach to effectively prevent, reduce, prepare and build resilience. The development of a disaster Risk management Programme, which provides training and create a cadre of professionals who are versed in developing policies for disaster management and handling of disaster and emergencies became very important. The Institute in collaboration with the Department of Geography provides expertise and infrastructure in GIS and state-of-the-art weather forecast equipment including the cartographic and remote sensing laboratory. They also provide experts in environmental issues and spatial phenomena thereby making our postgraduate training in disaster Risk management unique.

Justification
Disaster is a phenomenon that varies over space both in frequency, intensity and severity. The importance of mainstreaming disaster risk reduction was recognized by the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR-2005), where the integration of disaster risk reduction in development process was listed as a priority. All national policies for disaster management advocate streamlining Disaster Risk Management in the development process. Understanding disaster Management within development process requires a multidisciplinary and multidimensional perspectives in line with global best practices and our Institute provides that platform.

Objectives
The overall aim of this Programme is to train suitable candidates to become professionals in disaster management. The specific objectives for the Programme include:
1. To enable suitably qualified candidates acquire skills and knowledge relevant to an understanding of major issues and procedures relating to disasters and disaster management.
2. To enable students understand causes, characteristics and processes of natural and human induced hazards as well as the conceptual/theoretical basis of their workings.
3. To train students in vulnerability analysis and patterns, and their dynamics relative to environmental problems, disasters, policies and inclusive programme in Nigeria.
4. To produce highly trained professionals in disaster risk investment and resilience, risk assessment applications in land-use/land cover change, food security, and environmental security, and in “hot spot” and critical regions delineation.

Eligibility
The Programme is mainly for people interested or currently working in the fields of disaster, risk and emergency management in either the public or private sector. These include agricultural officials, building inspectors, communication officials, federal/state disaster and emergency managers, fire service officials, health officials, insurance assessors, local government officials, park service specialists, park service superintendents, armed security officers, structural engineers, traffic personnel, town planners, veterinary officers, the media, etc.

Admission Requirements
Admission to Professional Master in Disaster Risk Management is open to graduates of this University and other approved universities and higher institutions recognized by the senate of the University, with a good Honors Degree in the social sciences, Public Health and related disciplines, Agriculture and Forestry, Veterinary Medicine, Environmental Science, Town Planning, Science and Engineering, or equivalent Professional qualifications such as HND, etc. with a minimum of Lower Credit. Work experience, especially in disaster risk management, in government and the private sector will be an added advantage. In addition, all candidates must satisfy University of Ibadan basic requirements for matriculation.

Registration
All candidates for the Professional Master in Disaster Risk Management Programme will be required to complete their registration formalities within three weeks at the beginning of the first semester.
Duration of study
The duration of the Programme is three (3) semesters for full-time studies.

COURSES
1. The Programme consists of course work, seminars, practical and research project.
2. The curriculum consists of compulsory, required and elective courses.
3. For the award of the degree, a candidate is required to pass not less than 45 units including all compulsory and required courses.
4. Examination shall be conducted at the end of the semester in which a course is taught and in accordance to the existing regulations of the Postgraduate school.

For more information the programme coordinator can be contacted via e-mail @ [email protected]

2. Professional Master of Humanitarian and Refugee Studies (MHRS)

General Introduction

The Professional Master of Humanitarian and Refugee Studies Programme (MHRS) was established in 2001 on account of the imperative of providing strong research, training, consultancy, and monitoring support for regional initiatives in the political and military spheres, of conducting independent studies for anticipating crisis explosion based on humanitarian early-warning signals, and working out sound preventive measures aimed at crisis prevention and resolution, is stronger today than any other time. The initiative for the establishment of MHRS Professional Degree Programme at the University of Ibadan, assisted with a take-off grant by the Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana, is a timely response to these urgent demands. Since inception, the Programme has produced graduates who are spread all over the country and abroad doing humanitarian and peace work. However, since its take-off in 2001 several changes have taken place in the field of humanitarian and refugee studies which are not reflected in the Programme.

Aims and Objectives
The MHRS Degree of the University of Ibadan, is designed for meeting some of the most urgent needs on contemporary Africa’s human security agenda in the area of armed conflict, humanitarian crises and intervention, and refugee management. The Programme seeks to foster understanding and knowledge about problems thrown up by those phenomena as well as the designing of appropriate policies and action measures for linking relief work, development and conflict resolution. One of the key objectives is directed at building self-sustaining capacity for responding to humanitarian needs, by helping to develop professionally trained and competent personnel for implementing policies in the area.

Admission Requirement
Candidates seeking admission into the Programme must possess at least an honours degree in the humanities, social sciences, science, law or any of their cognate disciplines obtained from accredited Universities with a minimum of 3rd Class. Candidates with HND with a minimum of lower credit will also be considered for admission. Preference shall be given to sponsored candidates doing related jobs in state ministries, industries, agencies, organizations, missions, etc. In addition, candidates must satisfy the first-degree matriculation requirements of the University of Ibadan, or their equivalent from other recognized universities.

Duration
The Programme is for three semesters of eighteen (18) months duration, which includes three months of supervised internship (preferably at refugee camps, rehabilitation camps for internally displaced persons, conflict management departments within regional and sub-regional organizations, and UN agencies with humanitarian mandates in Africa).

Requirements for Graduation
Examinations shall be conducted in accordance with existing regulations of the Postgraduate School, University of Ibadan; To qualify for the award of M.Sc. Humanitarian and Refugee Studies, candidates must have been credited with a minimum of 45 units, though he/she may register for a maximum of 54 units. In addition, the candidates must satisfy all other postgraduate school regulations governing award of the M.Sc. degree.

Courses
1. The Programme consists of course work, seminars, practical and research project.
2. The curriculum consists of compulsory, required and elective courses.
3. For the award of the degree, a candidate is required to pass not less than 45 units including all compulsory and required courses.
4. Examination shall be conducted at the end of the semester in which a course is taught and in accordance to the existing regulations of the Postgraduate school.

For more information the programme coordinator can be contacted via e-mail @ [email protected]