The Institute of Public Policy and Administration (IPPA) is essentially a research and manpower development centre established by University of Calabar, vide a Statute, in the 1983/84 academic session. IPPA's statutory mission include: 'to provide, through research and teaching, specialist courses, whether leading to University distinction or not, for government and non-governmental employees or persons under such conditions as may be prescribed by the appropriate authorities; and 'To undertake, through research and teaching, extension services which in this respect include providing short term courses, workshops, conferences, symposia and seminars for practicing public and non-public officers'.
Against the above backdrop, overtime, IPPA's vision is to:
Turn IPPA into a reference Centre of Excellence with commitment to:
- Taking the society to higher levels through activities dedicated to the consistent development of human capital in critical areas of social engineering and advocacy;
- Deploying energy and resources for positive transformation of the society through research, teaching, social and community development; and,
- Extending the frontiers of collaborative, innovative and path-breaking research endeavors; learning and dissemination of the fruits of such endeavors for the overall good of the society.
Being a permanent, not ad hoc, centre of learning, IPPA was designed to be driven by a crop of highly qualified and motivated staff (in addition to unlimited pool of resource persons in the University of Calabar community) with multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary background including policy studies, public administration, political science, economics, sociology, psychology, geography, management, history, law, education, etc. The task of building up and providing an accurate body of knowledge about public policy/administration question (including ecological forces/determinants, processes and consequences of public choices in our society) rests on the shoulders of these academics.