The Computer Engineering degree programme started in 1955 in the former Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, under University College, Ibadan, which was affiliated to the University of London. Its degrees were initially the degrees of the University of London. The entry requirements, duration of courses and curriculum were therefore, those of the University of London. The requirements were A' level passes in Physics and Mathematics. The duration of the course was three (3) years and assessment was based on one end-of-year examination, normally taken in June.
When Ahmadu Bello University came into being in 1962, the London students continued with their programme, whilst a new syllabus was introduced for the Ahmadu Bello University students. This new syllabus placed more emphasis on practical training and introduced workshop technology into the Part I curriculum. In order to strengthen the practical content of the programme, more attention was laid to industrial training than had been hitherto been done. Industrial training posting was done during the long vacation.
In the 1970/71 session, the classification of degrees awarded was changed by the introduction of a Third Class Honours degree, i.e. increasing the classification, to First, Upper Second, Lower Second, Third Class Honours and Pass degrees. The title of the degree was also changed from B.Sc. (Mech. Engineering) to Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical, i.e. B.Eng. (Mechanical), in order to avoid comparisons.
Prof. M. B. Mu'azu
HOD Computer Engineering
Train high-level manpower for effective service delivery to cater for electrical engineering sectors for sustainable national development.
Produce high quality personnel to effectively manage electrical systems in harmony with the environment, and compete favorably with the best Electrical Engineering Department in the world.