1. Brief History of the Programme
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning of the Enugu StateUniversity of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu was founded in 1985 as part of the then Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH). At its inception it was known as the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Geography and Meteorology and ran two separate academic programmes for Urban and Regional Planning and Geography/Meteorology.
In 1990 the National Universities Commission (NUC) Accreditation Panel, which visited the Department, demanded the excision of Geography and Meteorology Department from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Subsequently, the NITP/TOPREC and NUC Accreditation visitation panels recommended the conversion of the degree awarded by the Department of Urban and Regional Planning from the Bachelors of Technology (B.Tech) to Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (B.URP) programme. The Industrial Attachment is restricted to firms of registered Town Planners and Departments of Urban and Regional Planning in private and public organizations, as well as organizations that produce Master plan, Landscape Plan, Land use Plans and Local Planning Authorities.
In 1998, the NITP/TOPREC Accreditation Panel accredited theDepartment for a full period of five (5) years with effect from August 1995.NITP/TOPREC Accreditation Panel visited the Department again in 2004 and accredited the Department for a full period of five (5) years.The Department of Urban and Regional Planning ESUT is equipped to produce innovative and responsive Town Planners who are capable of meeting the expectations and challenges of the profession.
The successive Heads of Department from inception to date are as stated below:
1. Arc. N. M David
2. Dr. A. E. Kalu (late)
3. Prof. L. N. Muoghalu
4. Prof. I. Chidi Ugwu
5. Dr. George N. Monye (1995 – 1998) (Late)
6. Prof. Arthur Essaghah (1998 – 2002)
7. Dr. B. O. Uwadiegwu (2002 – 2005)
8. Prof. O. C. Agukoronye (2005 – 2007) (Late)
9. Prof. Arthur Essaghah (2007 – 2011)
10. Dr. E. A. Iyi (2011 - 2015)
11. Dr. Mrs. Lucy N. Ugwu (2015 – 2020)
12. Dr. E. A. Iyi (2020 to Date).
2. PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME
Urban and Regional Planning (URP) is a multi-disciplinary field concerned with the process and techniques of deriving and managing rural, urban and regional land uses and associated developmental challenges. As a process, it involves the analyses and synthesis of existing economic, social and physical challenges before formulating, implementing and co-ordinating strategies to achieve set goals and objectives for a sustainable environment for human habitation. The Departmental of Urban and Regional Planning programme at ESUT is, therefore, designed to provide a rational, practicable, coherent and comprehensive approach to the pursuit of economic, social and physical development in human settlements in a way that minimizes contradictions and duplications, while enhancing co-operation amongst all stakeholders in the development process. This is why the programme is made sufficiently broad-based to incorporate much of the social science - oriented urban and regional planning theory and methodology to equip students with strong analytical and administrative techniques to evaluate and resolve problems of growth, conflict and change ever present in the human environment.
3. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
The general goal of the programme is to expose students to social,economic, political and environmental concerns of human settlements and equip them with analytical and administrative techniques to evaluate and resolve the problems of growth and development. They are also encouraged to be competent in generalist and specialist skills. In specific terms the goal(s) of the undergraduate course of study are:
a. To provide broad education and training which will assist in developing the students’ intellectual and professional capabilities to high standard.
b. To produce sound generalist and professional planners who can operate effectively in the field of urban and regional planning and related activities; and
c. To relate knowledge and skills with immediate community problems.
The objectives to achieve the above stated goals include:
i. To develop students understanding of urban and regional planning by the study of theories, methods and techniques for planning, designing, and managing land use activities and environment.
ii. To assist the students to acquire constructive development understanding of the social, economic, technological and legislative frameworks of society within the "Physical" and "other" planning processes (social-economic) in operation and the potential capacities of the framework for more coherent and relevant collaborative policyformulation and implementation.
iii. To tailor students project and assignments to problems of concern to the immediate environment
iv. To provide students with varied practical experience of realistic...
At ESUT you will study morden principles and applications that underpin many important industries with an emphasis on hands-on learning. Our Department provides you with a stimulating and supportive learning environment and the opportunity to develop a wide range of transferable skills.