The Civil 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, Civil, i.e. B.Eng. (Civil), in order to avoid comparisons.
Prof. Y. D. Amartey
HOD Civil Engineering
The Department of Civil Engineering will serve its students, government, industry and society by fulfilling the mission of discovery, learning and engagement through the creation, dissemination and application of engineering in the many aspects of modern life where it plays a crucial role.
Building on a legacy of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, of educational excellence, equal access and opportunity to students from all walks of life, the Department of Civil Engineering, envisions itself as a department which values excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Our vision is to build upon this legacy through the provision of academic excellence, to link all aspects of our activities with community needs and economic development, and to help students become productive citizens. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. The Department of Civil Engineering will promote diversity and transformation within Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.