Prof. Iyiola O. TELLA (Director)

The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), FIRST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, IBADAN, is our University’s academic Unit with responsibility for holistic and interdisciplinary research and training in Sustainable Development. Sustainable development is a modern-day imperative behind which is the principle of meeting human development goals today in a way that ensure that natural resources and ecosystem services upon which economy and society depend are also guaranteed for future generations. It is all the artistry, science and technology pooled to create systems and processes that harness and utilise resources in a way that increases our children’s future access to developmental factors.

The Institute is responsible for supporting the evolution of a dynamic, resilient and sustainable society by:

  • providing scientific evidence to support the formulation of appropriate policies,
  • creating training opportunities to build human capacity and competence and
  • offering diverse professional services.

This Institute is committed to making a significant contribution towards achiving sustainable development in Nigeria’s developing economy and supporting the broader mandates of the Federal Government’s Vision 2030 and the United Nations’ SDG goals. We are doing this by creating a pool of skilled manpower that would orchestrate an effective synergy among the academia, industries, government, NGOs, communities and other stakeholders.


To attain and sustain Institutional excellence in capacity building, research and advocacy for sustainable development; thereby becoming a frontline hub for sustainability artistry, science and technology.

Core Mandates

Teaching and Award of Higher Degrees

  • First Degree Programme in Sustainable Development
  • Masters in Sustainable Development
  • PhD in Sustainable Development
  • Postdoc in Sustainable Development

Non-Degree Capacity Development

  • Short Courses for Civil/Public Servants and Professionals
  • Short Courses for Local Artisans
  • Industrial Internship
  • Professional Mentoring

Innovation and Impactful Research

  • Qualitative and quantitative research in Sustainable Development
  • Periodic roundtables on regional development issues (by In-house and invited discussants)
  • Promotion of Innovations
  • Research reporting (Annual Journal and Quarterly Newsletters)

Industry-Academia-Community Synergy

  • Periodic dialogue (Academia-Industry-Community Leaders)
  • Public enlightenment (Print/Electronic/Online media)
  • Public enlightenment on application of research findings
  • Community liaison and acquisition of indigenous knowledge
  • R&D Consultancy

Programme Themes

Academic Programmes and other Activities at the Institute The Institute offers basic and advanced degrees in Sustainable Development, and Short Courses for policy makers, professionals, artisans, community development workers. The Institute also promotes public awareness through hosting Regular Roundtables, Workshops and Seminars. A range of professional services are available to Industries and other segments of the society through partnerships and professional mentoring.


  • Energy
  • Ecosystems
  • Landscapes
  • Climate
  • Raw Materials


  • Renewable energy
  • Resource-use efficiency
  • Materials Recycling
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Climate change mitigation
  • Natural resources assessment
  • Environmental Amelioration
  • Waste management
  • Urban-landscape
  • HSE essentials conversion
  • Farm water management
  • Smart environment appliances
  • Systems dynamics for environmentalists
  • Agricultural productivity on marginal soils
  • Harnessing Nature for Industries
  • Natural resources assessment
  • Environmental Amelioration
  • Hazardous waste management
  • Urban-landscape renewal
  • Nature-sensitive urbanization


  • Green economy opportunities
  • Renewable/Sustainable energy alternatives
  • HSE essentials for industries and laboratories
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental auditing
  • Landscape renewal and bioremediation
  • Harnessing Geographical Information Systems
  • Operational safety in industrial environment
  • Agroforestry/Urban Forestry
  • Farm yield improvement
  • Modern agricultural techniques
  • Improved soil productivity
  • Waste conversion for economic dividends
  • Local response to climatic problems
  • Raising woody seedlings and cash crops
  • Ecological modelling in dynamic environments
  • Land reclamation techniques


  • Economy
  • Livelihoods
  • Community
  • Resourcefulness


  • Green economy opportunities
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Risk management
  • Resource management
  • Peace and Security essentials
  • Sustainable livelihoods
  • Population dynamics
  • Time-Space effectiveness
  • Resource management
  • Teamwork essentials
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Health and wellness Ethics


  • System dynamics for economists
  • System dynamics for sociologists
  • Sustainable rural livelihoods
  • Succeeding with small scale businesses
  • Marketing subsistence agricultural produce
  • Peace and Social tolerance
  • Personality development
  • Civil education


  • Innovation
  • Research and Development
  • Resource-use Efficiency
  • Governance


  • Futuristic conceptualizations
  • Effort Reporting
  • Research Lifecycle
  • Data Management
  • Operational Research
  • Systems Dynamics
  • Industry-Institute synergy
  • Strategic planning/action
  • Industrial ethics
  • Project management
  • Personnel management
  • Risk assessment and management


  • Basic data analysis for industrialists
  • Modern carpentry/woodwork techniques
  • Automobile diagnostics
  • Modern welding metalwork techniques
  • Age of Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship essentials
  • Decision analysis methods
  • Needs assessment and appropriate response
  • Resource-use efficiency
  • Raw material development
  • Land/space management
  • Personnel management
  • Book-keeping and accounting essentials
  • Basic machine diagnostics and maintenance

Teaching and Learning Methods

1. Lectures

6. Group discussions

11. Peer assessments

2. Seminars

7. Industrial expert mentoring

12. Simulation/Modelling exercises

3. Fieldwork

8. Research projects

13. Subject-matter chatrooms

4. Industrial attachment

9. Term papers

14. Distance/Open learning

5. Short courses

10. Evolutionary curriculum

15. e-Learning

Accreditation and Learning Environment

The Institute adheres to NUC accreditation guidelines/benchmarks, and comlies with international best practices. Deliberate effort is made to ensure that our physical facilities are maintained to satisfy international HSE standards. The learning ambience exudes friendliness, mutual respect, social tolerance, innovation, resource efficiency, punctuality, good aesthetics and sustainability principles.

"The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it ís important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030."

United Nations

Programme Coordinators

Coordinator, Sustainable Environment
Coordinator, Sustainable Society

Contact Information

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