I am delighted to make a few remarks as the current Director of the Centre for General Studies, especially as we take General Studies (GST) to The Next Level of Online Learning System. The institution of General Studies in Nigerian Universities originated with the University law 1961, (E.N.L. No 21, of 1961, status 6) as “the College of General Studies included in the thirty- six Colleges listed for establishment. Later, the National University Commission (NUC) in 1989 approved minimum academic requirement for General Studies for all Nigerian Universities, as such General Studies Courses became compulsory for all categories of studies. Each student is expected to pass five out of six of these courses before graduation. The establishment, history, aim and functions of the Centre have been fully documented in the GST Handbook.
These studies are designed to equip all students with more knowledge in other fields outside their areas of specialization. It is expected that graduates of this University would be better prepared to function properly in the society. The studies include Philosophy and Logic, Nigerian Peoples and Culture, Use of English and Library Studies, General African Studies, Computer Studies and Entrepreneurial and Business Innovations. The last has been restructured to encourage students to run their own businesses after graduation.
Transiting to the online learning system is expected to help the University overcome several challenges ranging from shortage of large classrooms halls to poor attendance of lectures by students. Students now have access to well documented online course materials and teaching videos prepared in module formats which are easier to understand. The major strengths of this online learning system are to make our students 21 st century IT compliant and to enable them compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the world. Essentially, students can access these materials from the comfort of their homes to study without pressure and pass well. The combination of course materials teaching videos make learning more fun and interactive. The online stages of content writing, editing, power point preparation, recording and technical input were done by very committed staff members of the University. We are indebted to the pioneer authors and editors across the Departments of Philosophy, History, English, Computer Science, and Faculties of then Business Administration and Social Sciences who provided the initial course contents for the materials that have been in use which formed the bedrock of the current modules.
This process would not have been possible without the efforts and support of the following: The Vice Chancellor, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and other members of University Management for approving and supporting the entire process. The Centre is grateful to the Deputy Vice Chancellor(A & R), Prof. Oluwole Familoni, whose office piloted and saw to the completion of the process, the Deputy Vice Chancellor( DS) Prof Folasade Ogunsola whose office along with ESDC restructured GST 307, The Provost, College of Medicine Idi Araba, Prof F. E. A. Lesi, Dean, Students Affairs, Prof Ademola Adeleke, Director, Quality Assurance and Servicom Unit, Prof. L O Chukwu, Director, Academic Planning, Prof S O Okunuga, Ag, Director, CITS, Dr V. Odumuyiwa for their input at different stages of the process. We are also indebted to all GST Course and Faculty Coordinators as well as all members of staff that participated at various stages of the online process. The GST Centre appreciates the untiring efforts of Dr Shade Afolabi, our energetic technical anchor and her crew and the entire GST staff.
Finally, I thank God for giving me the strength, wisdom and leadership skills required to sustain me to the end of the entire process.
Long Live GST Centre!
Long Live University of Lagos, the University of First Choice and the Nation’s Pride.
Immaculata Ifunanya Nwokoro,
Professor of Urban and Regional Planning & Director GST
The present General Studies Programme came into being many years ago, consequent upon the statute of the National Universities Commission to all the Federal Universities and other higher institutions of learning for students to embark upon and pass certain courses of general and diverse nature before graduation. In the past, the courses offered were called General African Studies (GAS), and the co-ordinating office was known as GAS Office. It was then headed by Prof. (Mrs.) Sophia Oluwole.
The GAS Office then was on the ground floor of the Faculty of Arts Building. Later, GAS Office was renamed GST Unit by the then Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Jelili Omotola, and presently it is called Centre for General Studies.
Prof. C.S. Momoh was appointed the pioneer head of the GST Unit, followed by Prof. Don Pedro, who was succeeded by Prof. P.G.C. Odeigah. Later, Prof. M.O. Ilori took over as Head of the Centre, succeeded by Prof. O. A. Obashoro-John. At present, Prof. (Mrs.) Immaculata I. C. Nwokoro heads the Centre. The General Studies Centre (GST) is an arm of the Vice-Chancellor’s office.
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