History of the Department

Decree No 48 of the Federal Government of Nigeria established the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in May 1992. In due course, it became clear that the mission of the Institution could not be properly achieved, neither could Agriculture be successfully developed nor meaningfully utilized in the industrialization and sustenance of the nation without an accompanying College of Engineering. Thus in 2001/2002 academic session, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology came into existence with the establishment of the department of Agricultural Engineering followed in quick succession by Departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical/Electronic Engineering in the 2003/2004 academic session. Computer Engineering was started in the 2004/2005 academic session. The Department runs a 5-year degree programme leading to the award of the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree.

Philosophy of the Department

Engineering is the profession that converts scientific knowledge and ideas of inventors into practical devices, machines, and structures.

In practical terms, engineering is the art of designing and maintaining devices, machines and structures, basic to human existence, and provide him with the ability to conquer his environment and make progress towards living both in terms of facilities as well as economy.

Since Engineering and technology are interwoven and literally go hand –in-hand in their pursuit, of human progress, with science as their source of inspiration, or catalyst, it can be said that the technology development of any nation is determined to a great extent by the size, quality, motivation and orientation of it’s science and engineering workforce.

The board fields of engineering, science and technology comprise many specialists’ professions.

In engineering, many different branches of engineering have developed and computer engineering is one of the existing branches of engineering.

It is also one of the major development areas of recent origin and it is easily the fastest developing discipline of this age. Most process systems and modern microcontrollers and other programmable devices.

The development of Microprocessor has led to the design of sophisticated devices and system such as elegant digital communication system (fixed, fixed wireless, wireless etc). fast microcomputers, GSM, Missile launch Systems, Satellite systems, modern automobiles, aircrafts etc.

Computer engineering has therefore been detached from the broader field of Electronic Engineering. The impact of this branch of engineering is being felt in the economic and social life world wide.

In both the developed and developing countries, computer is rapidly finding it’s way into every aspect of life as it is being gainfully applied in the industry, home, management and entertainment. In many nations of the world, the vogue lately is e-commerce, e-government, e-banking, e-learning, ICT, and information technology superhighway (internet) etc.

It has also change the face of the medical practice in terms of diagnostic precision and substitution of electro-mechanical devices for malfunctioning human organs; so far, no industrialized nation has been able to make it without the use of computer and its trend is likely to continue in the unforeseeable future.

In order to design, develop, maintain, and adapt the computer to our everyday life, human resource development is very necessary. Hence, the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike in recognition of this challenge and in contributing their own quota towards the National Technological and Economic Development decided to establish the department of Computer Engineering to train computer engineering graduates who will:

  • Be well grounded in basic science and engineering.

  • Have good grasp of the essential application and utility courses.

  • Have substantial practical skills for the tackling of real-life engineering problems especially in their area of specialization-computer and digital system designs.

  • Have rudimentary knowledge of entrepreneurial and management principle upon which enterprising professional careers can be built.

  • Have thorough understanding of the experimental and practical applications for the relevant theoretical engineering principle.

  • To attain this goal, the department embarks on programs involving workshops training, industrial training schemes that will expose them to the methods and processes used in the manufacture, testing, operation and maintenance of digital designed plants and equipment and the associated office work.


    Objectives of the Department

    The Department’s aim and objectives are in line with those of the college and these are geared towards the realization of national needs and aspirations.

    Graduates from Computer Engineering Department are expected among other things to:

    a)      Be job creators in their areas of specialization in particular and in the computer engineering discipline in general.

    b)      Design and construct systems and components primarily in their areas of specialization.

    c)      Supervise the installation, commissioning and maintenance of computer engineering systems and components.

    d)     Design, develop and produce innovative products and techniques for industrial growth.

    e)      Adapt and adopt indigenous technology in order to solve engineering and technological problems in the relevant area of specialization in particular and Computer Engineering in general.


    The Department of Computer Engineering shall be outstanding and famous in producing students with computer Engineering degrees per excellence who will be grounded in Information Communication Technology, Robotics, Software Engineering, Artificial intelligence machines make a formidable impact through technological adaptation, Expert systems, modeling, design and project management.

    The students shall be equipped with good term spirit and communication skills towards appropriate application and improvement on the technology acquired.

    In pursuance of the above, specific features have been incorporated into the programme. These include:

    i.          Common foundation year at 100 and 200 levels for all Engineering students.

    ii.         Workshop practice, laboratory work, tutorials, seminars on specific topics

    iii.        Broad-based engineering and interaction between students and professionals.

    iv.        Adequate knowledge in the areas of engineering management, economics and Law.

    v.         Design projects with bias towards local applications.

    vi         Students SIWES experience at the 400 level of study where they undergo a continuous supervised 6 months industrial Training under the national SIWES, and the satisfactory performance during the training is a requirement for graduation.

    Admission Requirements

    The Department offers a five year programme for the Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) Honors Degree in Computer Engineering.

    i.          The admission requirements for UME candidates into the course is a minimum of 5 (Ordinary level) credit passes in West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSSC), General Certificate of Education (GCE) or the Nigerian Examination Council Ordinary Level (NECO) in not more than two sittings. The credits must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. The remaining one is preferably Biology or Agricultural Science. A candidate must not be below 16 years of age. A pass in JAMB that meets the Departmental cut off mark determined by the University and post-UME screening test are required.

    ii.         Direct Entry Candidates: Direct entry admission is based on a combination of ‘O’ Level results with the following qualifications:

    a.         G.C.E. or HSC (‘A’ Level two papers in Physics, Mathematics, or Chemistry.

    b.         OND (upper credit)

    c.         HND (upper credit)

    Candidates with qualifications as in (a) and (b) above may be admitted into the 200 level and those with the qualifications in (c) may be admitted into the 300 level. All must meet the basic minimum requirement of 5 ‘O’ Level credit passes in relevant subjects as specified in (i) above