History and Overview
When the University of Port Harcourt opened its doors in the late 1970s as an academic institution, Management Sciences did not exist, although there was a department of Business Studies attached to Social Sciences that provided skeletal training and preparation for students interested in Business Studies. The Department of Business Studies was very short lived. It was soon to be phased out by the Faculty of Social Sciences because its implied philosophy of Capitalism was inconsistent with the philosophy of Modified Socialism which the leaders of the faculty preached.
While the Faculty of Social Sciences was busy phasing out the Department of Business Studies, the Oil Companies, notably the refineries were contacting the University of Port Harcourt and requesting top level management training and programmes for their executives and engineers. This need informed the engagement of Professor Lucius in 1980 to design and develop an MBA programme that would meet the needs of the oil companies, the generality of the Nigerian public, the NUC and the Nigerian University system.
The programme started with four functional areas, namely, Accountancy, Finance & Banking, Management and Marketing. The Harvard style MBA was a Graduate School for MBA without undergraduate base. With the MBA programme, the University of Port Harcourt saw the birth of a new School of Business, the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration with Professor Lucius as its first Dean.
Professor Lucius relentlessly enriched the programme content of the Department of Business Studies in Social Sciences by teaching courses like International Marketing, on part-time basis, to the B.Sc students. The part-time programme provided the flexibility and convenience needed by the working engineers and executives of various industries to undertake the MBA degree programme. Since the MBA degree programme had the interests of engineers and industrial executives in mind during its inception, the programme content was highly quantitative. It was a two-year degree programme in which the first 10 courses of the first year were preparatory pre-requisite courses while the second 10 courses of the second year were highly specialized.
In 1984, a significant development shaped the future of the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration and led to the birth of a new Faculty in the University of Port Harcourt. The NUC approved the School of Graduate Studies for the University of Port Harcourt to oversee all graduate degree programmes in all departments of the University. In the circumstances the existence of another, mainly, Graduate School of Management and Business Administration (GSMBA) had to be phased out or alternatively GSMBA should design and with immediate effect implement an undergraduate (B.Sc) programme.
This would provide an undergraduate base and quality GSMBA to become another autonomous faculty in the university. This later alternative was quickly embraced by GSMBA since the GSMBA had unsuccessfully tried to get Senate approval to do this over the years. Thus the Graduate School of Management and Business Administration quickly attracted good students from JAMB applicants and started the undergraduate degree programme with specializations, again, in Accountancy, Finance and Banking, Management, and Marketing. Accordingly, these disciplines for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Business Management became a new faculty, called the Faculty of Management Sciences.
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To implement Senate Policy and Guidelines for the initiation, consolidation and co-ordination of innovative research, provide quality administrative support for graduate programmes, equip research laboratories in the academic departments and ensure availability of data for national development.
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