The department of Estate Management started in 1992/93 Session as a unit in the school of Environmental Sciences in the then College of Engineering and Environmental Sciences. The Unit was created to fill in the main power development gap in Imo State in the area of Estate Management after the loss of the former Imo State University, okigwe (Now Abia State University Uturu) to Abia State when Abia State was created out of Imo State in 1991. With the change to the Faculty system in 2001, the Unit became a Department with Mr. J.A Onyike M.Sc., M. Phil., ARICS, ANIVS, and RSV as its pioneer Head of Department. It took a lot of hard work and determination to shape up the department to meet the benchmark minimum academic standards of the National University Commission (NUC) and the professional standard required by the Estate Surveyors and Valuers Registration Board of Nigeria (ESVARBON) and the Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV). The department of Estate Management has the professional accreditation of the ESVARBON. Since the creation of the department, it has produced over 600 gradates.
The Department runs a five year programme (for students admitted by entrance examination organized by the Joint Admission and matriculation Board (JAMB) leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) Honours Degree in Estate Management).
By the beginning of 2012/2013 academic session, it will begin to run Post graduate programme leading to the award of Post Graduate degree (Ph.D) all Estate Management.
The aim of the B.Sc programme is to equip the undergraduate with necessary skills of land resources management through a detailed exposure to the problems relating to planning, design, construction and management of the built and natural environment. The problem also aims at equipping the graduates of the programme with the institutional, analytical management tools necessary for the conservation and sustainable development of our towns and cities. The objectives of the programme include:
i. To install in students an appreciation of the complex natures of the relationship between man his environment.
ii. To provide students with a sys5tematic body of knowledge of basic technology and legal and economic factors influencing and controlling the use and management of land resources.
iii. To prepare students academically for a professional career, with emphasis placed on concepts, principles and methods necessary for practical, analysis, problem identification and proffering of strategies for solving indentified problems.
iv. To train students to be fully aware of the scientific, socio-economic and human perspectives of the consequences of vital estate management decisions at various levels.
v. To develop in students entrepreneurial skills and value for the possibility of self-employment in the profession.
vi. To lay a foundation on which students can proceed to further studies in specialized aspect of estate surveying and valuation. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme will facilitate proper understanding and effective consultation with other specialist in the land and building industry for effective utilization and management of land resources.
Candidates seeking admission through the University matriculation Examination (UME) organized by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) must in addition to passing the entrance examination at the University-specified level, should posses the Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education or its equivalent with credit passes in at least five subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Economics and any other two from Physics, Chemistry, Biology, geography, Agricultural Science, Technical drawing and Fine Arts. The five credits must obtained in not more than two sittings .
Holders of degrees in related disciplines, HND Estate Management, Higher School Certificate (HSC) or General Certificate of Education (GCE) advanced level in tow relevant subjects may be admitted into the programme provided they also meet the entry requirement of five credits mentioned in 5.1 above.