History: Department of Computer Science

HISTORY: Department of Computer science

The Department of Computer Science, University of Ibadan was conceived and had its gestation at the Ibadan University Computing Centre. The IBM African Education Centre, established in 1963 was transformed into the Ibadan University Computing Centre in 1966. Professor R.L. Wilson of Ohio Wesleyan University was the first Director. Professor Olu Longe took over the Directorship of the Computing Centre in March 1968 and designed the curriculum for the department in 1973 but the department was established in October 1974 with 29 foundation students of which 21 graduated successfully. The department was conceived as a means of training manpower to meet the demand for increasing computerization. The department started with two academic staff (Dr. Olu Longe and Dr. Adeniyi J.O) and six non-academic staff. Professor Olu Longe was the founding Head of Department and also the founding president of Computer Association of Nigeria. Dr. Adeniyi took over the headship of the department from Prof. Longe in 1987 to 1989. Dr. Segun Ojo took over from Dr. Adeniyi and Mr. Eyitayo became the acting head of department thereafter. Because of the inadequate staffing of the department, Deans of Faculty of Science were made to oversee the department. Professor Iweibo, Dean of Faculty of Science was then overseeing the department from August to October 1999 when Dr. Osofisan Adenike O. came in as the acting head of department. The arrival of Professor Osofisan Adenike to the department saw a drastic change in the administration and teaching of computer science. More lecturers were employed and the student population increased tremendously. There were many collaborations with international Universities like Nance 2 University in France, Demontfort University, Leceister, UK, Southern University, Barton Rouge, USA, United Nation University, China, Universsidad Del San Juan, Peuto Rico, USA. The department is known nationally and internationally. Higher degree programmes like M.Sc, MCS, P.hD and double Masters and P.hD were introduced in the department in 2002 and concentration was on training more staff to acquire PhD degrees. As at present, the department has 21 academic members of staff, with eleven having PhD degrees in Computer Science while others are at advanced stages in their PhD work. Today, the department has the largest number of academic staff with PhDs in the departments of Computer Science in all Nigerian Universities.