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  • dean engrDean: Arc-Dr. Ekpenyong B. Itam (Reader)
    Sub-Dean: Dr. Mrs Bojor Enamhe
    Dr-Mrs Margaret Abba Yaro: Faculty Representative at Senate and Faculty Representative at Post-graduate School Board.
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    History of the Faculty
    Background
    The Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) is one of the academic units that CRUTECH inherited from erstwhile The Polytechnic Calabar, following the extinguishment of the polytechnic by the law that set up CRUTECH in 2002. At the polytechnic level the previous academic unit (the School Of Environmental Studies) hosted some of the pioneer programmes with which the erstwhile institution commenced operation in 1973. At the inception of CRUTECH in 2002, it also became the destiny of the faculty to host a number of the pioneer programmes of the university, namely: (i) architecture, (ii) estate management, (iii) urban and regional planning, (iv) visual arts and technology. Thus, in essence, the faculty has a long-standing tradition of training people into the professional cadres of the various academic disciplines that constitute the building industry as well as the body of knowledge that is known as environmental science and technology.

    Current Academic Programmes
    Over the last 13 years, the faculty has grown and matured far beyond the scope and structure of the academic unit that was inherited from the polytechnic in 2002. Today the faculty hosts four academic programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, namely:
    (i) Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Architecture;
    (ii) Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Estate Management,
    (iii) Bachelor of Technology (BTech) degree in Urban and Regional Planning,
    (iv) Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Visual Arts and Technology.

    At the post graduate level, the faculty offers five academic programmes at the post-graduate diploma (PGD) level, namely:
    (i) Post-graduate Diploma in Architecture,
    (ii) Post-graduate Diploma in Estate Management,
    (iii) Post-graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning,
    (iv) Post-graduate Diploma in Landscape Planning Technology,
    (v) Post-graduate Diploma in Visual Arts and Technology.

    At the master’s degree level, the faculty presently offers two academic programmes, namely:
    (i) Master of Technology (MTech) degree in Architecture,
    (ii) Master of Arts degree in Visual Arts and Technology.
  •  The Structure of the Faculty

    The faculty is currently made up of four academic departments, namely:
    Department of Visual Arts Technology:
    Department of Architechture:
    Department of Estate Management:
    Department of Urban And Regional Planning:


    Department of Architecture.
    The department is headed by Arc-Dr Ajah E. Obia (PhD – Calabar; Member, Nigerian Institute of Architects - MNIA; Fully-Registered Architect [Architects Registration Council of Nigeria –ARCON]).Three academic programmes are presently being offered by the department, namely:

    • Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Architecture;
    • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Architecture;
    • Master of Technology (MTech) in Architecture.

    Department of Estate Management.
    The department is headed by Surv-Mrs Rose C. Okoro(MSc Estate Management - ABSU; Member, Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers; Registered Estate Surveyor and Valuer [Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Council of Nigeria – ESVARBON]). Two academic programmes are offered by the department, namely:

    • Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Estate Management;
    • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Estate Management;

    Department of Urban and Regional Planning.
    The department is headed by Tpl-Dr Emmanuel A. Agbor (PhD – Calabar; Member, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners; Registered Town Planner – Town Planners Registration Council of Nigeria [TOPREC]). Two academic programmes are offered by the department, namely:

    • Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Urban and Regional Planning;
    • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Urban and Regional Planning;
    • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Landscape Planning Technology.

    Department of Visual Arts and Technology.
    The department is headed by Prof Babson Ajibade (PhD – Basel; PhD – Calabar). Three academic programmes are offered by the department, namely:

    • Bachelor of Art (in 5 options: Painting Graphics, Sculpture, Textile and Ceramics.
    • Post-graduate Diploma (PGD) in Art (in 5 options: Painting Graphics, Sculpture, Textile and Ceramics;
    • Master of Art - MA (in 5 options: Painting Graphics, Sculpture, Textile and Ceramics).
  • Accreditation Status
    Of the four Departments in the Faculty, our Accreditation status leaves much to be desired, as the Table 11 indicates.
    Because of the "interim" accreditation status of our programmes, the NUC is set to visit again by the end of 2014. The implication is that we need to start now to prepare for the NUC's visitations, making sure that we remedy all that was pointed out in the reports on the various departments. The main obstacle is funding (to provide facilities and engage various categories of academics to achieve appropriate staff/student ratios in our programmes).

    Research/Attendance of Workshops and Conferences
    Staff of the Faculty have been increasingly attentive to national and international workshops and conferences. The Vice Chancellor has been particularly gracious in funding all applications from our staff to attend professional workshops/trainings/conferences. For this, we need to be grateful and appreciative because it has enabled us to enrich and update ourselves as a Faculty, to better impart professional knowledge. While around a dozen PhD re-searches are ongoing within the Faculty, the rising quality of our colleague's academic publications, including their national and international
    spread, has been most encouraging. Also, we are always well-represented in each published edition of the Crutech JOSET ― a fit that the Faculty remains very proud of.
  • Drawing Tables and Stools for Studios
    There is no doubt about the fact that we are a professional Faculty with ubiquitous studio outputs in drawing and visual representation. The Vice Chancellor has understood this core issue and recently provided funds to produce drawing tables and stools to equip all our departments' studios. Only the Department of Visual Arts and Technology is awaiting funding for drawing tables.

    The Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory
    Another completed project is the Geographic Information System (GIS) Laboratory that the Vice Chancellor built, domiciled in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. To make the studio more functional, the Vice Chancellor also funded a follow-up Geographic Information System (GIS) Training Workshop to train staff across the University campuses to imbibe and be very conversant with the technologies and techniques of GIS operation and installation.

    Conference Room
    For several years the faculty had no functional Conference Room. All that was available was an empty, leaky, dilapidated space overrun by filth and disuse. Again, the Vice Chancellor provided funds to fix the space: pvc ceiling, wiring, lighting, floor tiling, curtains, doors, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, painting, a beautiful set of conference tables and chairs. There is even a ceiling-mounted projector with conduit VGA and coaxial cables for connecting to PCs, cameras, DVDs, etc for multimedia projection. In effect, the Vice Chancellor's funding has enabled our faculty to have the best Conference Room in the whole of the University.

    Visual Arts studios
    Another project funded by the Vice Chancellor in our Faculty is the Visual Arts studios annexed to the back of the Department. At the moment, the project is about 40% complete. The Vice Chancellor has made provision to fund the completion of the project and work is about to recommence. Overall, there is much that this Faculty has been able to achieve in the last five years with the support and understanding of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. E. Efiom Ene-Obong.