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Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto

The most peaceful university in Nigeria

Centre for Peace Studies



Dr. S. Y. B. Kura
Director
(Centre for Peace Studies)

CENTRE FOR PEACE STUDIES IN BRIEF

The Centre was established in 2007 but effectively took off in 2008, at its present location, with three (3) rooms allocated to it at the old site of Sokoto Energy Research Centre. The CPS is a full-fledged academic unit of the University and has the same status as similar units (in the University). The Director heads the Centre, providing overall academic and administrative leadership and reports to the Vice Chancellor. CPS’s mini-library is its main resource room equipped with books, monograms and other academic resource materials. The books and monograms totals more than 240 items. The Ralph J. Bunche Resource room was so-named, in honour of an African American, late Ralph J. Bunche, a career US diplomat and well-known peace advocate practitioner at the United Nations, in acknowledgment of the contribution of the US Embassy in Nigeria to equipping the library with books and computers.

The Centre for Studies has linkage with George Mason University, USA. One of the outcomes of this linkage has been a collaborative research grant provided by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) for CPS, UDUS and School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. The joint project was on Strengthening Graduate education in Peace and Conflict Resolution in Northern Nigeria. The grants helped CPS in designing all its graduate education curriculum and programmes. The Centre also has several linkages with NGOs, CSOs, Research and Documentations centers in Nigeria and abroad. These linkages have continued to strengthen the Centre’s capacity and development in research and training.

The Centre has designed five (5) postgraduate programmes as part of its statutory mandate of providing training in peace and conflict studies. All the programmes had been recommended by Postgraduate School and sent to Academic Planning Committee and Senate for final approval. All necessary preparations have been concluded for the programmes to commence in 2019/2020 academic sessions. The programmes are:

  1. Postgraduate Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies
  2. M.Sc. in Peace and Conflict Studies (Full-time)
  3. Master of Peace and Security Studies (Part-time)
  4. M.Phil. Peace and Conflict Studies
  5. PhD. Peace and Conflict Studies

As an academic unit, the CPS has already developed sub-degree and postgraduate degree programmes in peace, security and conflict studies. All the programmes are awaiting final Senate approval. The future projection is for all these programmes to be mounted effectively. The Centre also look forward to establishing more linkages and collaborations with other Centres and Institutions in Nigeria and abroad, and continue to conduct short-training courses and programmes for relevant security stakeholders and conduct research in conflict and peace studies, especially in host communities. The Centre is also making frantic effort to establish an early-warning programme to help track potentials for conflict, especially in Northwest zone and Northern Nigeria, generally. Of all these, the CPS look to a permanent building of its own. This would boost all its activities.

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