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Department of Business Management

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Business Management


On behalf of all the staff and students, I warmly welcome you to the web portal of the Department of Business Management at the University of Calabar that is centrally located at the epicenter of Nigeria’s prime tourism destination. The department of Business Management is proud of its rich culture of diversity and inclusiveness that makes the University of Calabar an exciting place to work and learn. In the Department of Business Management, our philosophy is to teach, train and prepare students to acquire requisite knowledge, skills and enriching experience that will help them become successful while performing their roles as professionals in a globalized world. Consequently, we offer accessible, quality and professional education aimed at developing students’ knowledge, educational horizons, background, analytical ability and balanced judgment in proffering solutions to problems in industry, government establishments, and personal business concerns. The department strongly encourages staff members to give the highest priority to students’ success and consequently, puts them at the center of all its.


We have a team of excellently committed and highly experienced staff who are always around to help students learn, develop skills and acquire experience within and outside the classrooms. The staff members comprise academic staff led by professors and other academic staff, accomplished business and administrative staff. We pride ourselves on having the best curricular and courses that enable our students to learn and be current with the dynamic trends in the business world.  So, the arrival of every student at the University marks the beginning of a new chapter in their life story as they stand to benefit from our collection of world-class facilities, international networks and be part of an inspiring environment where ideas crystallise into actionable events.


Therefore, the new things they learn, the new knowledge they acquire, and the new skills they develop, go a long way in shaping their attributes and potentials thereby arming them for successful careers after their education. The strength of the Department lies in the rich database of its accomplished, successful and happy alumni spread across various cities in the world. Consequently, we encourage students to also be actively involved in building social interactions, relationships/affiliations and community activities as such may also help in defining their future career paths while studying with us. Furthermore, our research center/E-library provides opportunities for our students to pursue innovative research in business and management and to develop unique competitive challenges to demonstrate and showcase an understanding of integrating business with technology in a multidisciplinary, team-based environment where innovative skills and creativity are critical to success.


We, therefore, invite you to explore the department’s website to get additional information on our programs, course offerings, requirements, curricula, staff and students. Should you have questions, comments and feedback, forward them to us using any of our feedback channels. We hope that we will meet you soon.

Dr Charles Effiong

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective



To produce high quality graduates with relevant theoretical, practice, managerial and entrepreneurial skills for the business world in a conducive academic environment through quality research and teaching.



To produce high quality graduates with relevant theoretical, practice, managerial and entrepreneurial skills for the business world in a conducive academic environment through quality research and teaching.




The fierce competition in our contemporary business environment has created a derived demand for managers with requisite professional and entrepreneurial skills. This has consequently led to a positive shift in the demand for skilled manpower in the field of business management by private and public sector organizations in the country. The need to provide adequate opportunity for the development and training of middle and high-level manpower in this filed is therefore imperative.


The programme is designed to provide the students with requisite skills that will help the graduates perform in their roles as professionals. It offers quality instructions aimed at developing the students’ knowledge, educational horizons, background analytical ability and balanced judgment in proffering solutions to problems in industry, government establishments, and personal business concerns.




The Department of Business Management is guided by the following specific objectives.

i. To provide basic knowledge, needed for an understanding and analysis of problems related to the management and administration of industrial, commercial, public and other organizations.

ii. To equip students with the skills needed for recognizing and defining problems and taking appropriate decisions using scientific techniques.

iii. To inculcate in students an awareness of and sensitivity to environmental factors and conditions and their impacts on managerial practice and decision making.

iv. To encourage and prepare the students to pursue advanced studies in business management and related disciplines.

v. To equip students with the entrepreneurial skills essential for establishing and running of successful business.

vi. To develop in the students an appreciation of the role of industry, commerce, and service in the development of the nation.

vii.To provide the students with understanding in the techniques of dealing with the changing economic, social, political and technological environments of the business organization.



The Department had existed side by side as part of the former Department of Business Administration where students opted for either Management or Marketing as major areas of specialization. The university, therefore, until 2001/2001, awarded the B.Sc. Management or Marketing degrees. The professional/academic staff functioned as a team under such an arrangement and did so effectively. Special courses as required by the NUC directives were offered the students by different Departments within the university system.


Five Heads had served the Department between the periods October 2002 – Jan. 2016. They are:


PERIOD                                                     HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

October 2002 – September 2004                  Dr. G. I Okozu

October 2004 – September 2006                  Dr. B. J Inyang

October 2006 – September 2008                  Dr. E. I. Akpan

October 2008 – September 2010                  Dr. J. Duke

October 2010 – September 2013                  Prof. B. J. Inyang

September 2013 – September, 2015             Dr. E. I. Akpan

October 2015 – 2017                                   Rev. Fr. Dr. J. A. Ada

October 2017 – Date                                    Dr. C. U. Ukaidi

The Department runs a B.Sc. programme in Business Management with students admitted yearly through the University Matriculation Examination (UME) now the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for a 4-year or a 3-year Direct Entry programmes.


In addition to the NUC/Full time programme, the Department runs a CES/Part-time consultancy programme in which two categories of students are admitted as follows:

i.                   5-year duration for holders of Ordinary Level Certificate with 5 credits passes including English Language, Mathematics, Economics or Commerce (obtainedin one or two sittings) admitted through aptitude/screening test.

ii.                 4-year duration for holders of the University of Calabar Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) or its equivalent. Candidates must in addition obtain the O/L qualifications as in (i) above. The mode of admission is through competitive screening and the submission of academic transcript in support of Diploma certificates.


The Department also offers courses at the postgraduate level: Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Business Management and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Management.

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