By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Senate of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan in Oyo State has approved the PhD in Social Work Programme and all postgraduate programmes in Social Work in the institution.
National Secretary of Association of Social Work Educators of Nigeria (ASWEN) and a professor of Social Work, Professor James Ayangunna made this known in Ibadan.
According to Prof Ayangunna, the PhD and MPhil programmes may be advertised any moment based on the discretion of the university through the Postgraduate College.
“The University of Ibadan Senate has approved all postgraduate programmes as presented. These are: PhD (Social Work), MPhil, MSW (Academic), MSW (Professional, already existing but reviewed). Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work (PGDSW) is also an existing programme”, he said.
Prof Ayangunna added, ” The good news for our colleagues and others is that the PhD and MPhil programmes may be advertised any moment.Those who may (desire higher degrees and ) meet requirements for admission may (apply).We wish all of us well as members of the Association of Social Work Educators of Nigeria (ASWEN)”.
” We also have our BSW running( at the distance learning mode and soon to come on main line soon). We thank the University of Ibadan Senate through the Vice Chancellor for this great achievement. Always first and the best” .
The ASWEN National Secretary then thanked the University of Ibadan Senate led by its Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Adebowale for the approval of the courses.
“I feel that social work is making some positive progress. Everyone has been so positive about it. Therefore, we need to promote our profession collectively. Some of us are retiring very soon and we need committed ones as you to come on board. I can’t wait to train PhD candidates!!! It’s long overdue.
“UI started the MSW in the whole of sub-Sahara in 1990 with the support from University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. So far we are maintaining MSW even at academic masters level”.