Human Resources Development Centre, University of Lagos, Nigeria. The Human Resources Development Centre (formerly Human Resources Development Board) was established in November, 1995 by resolution of the University of Lagos Council, and commenced operations in January, 1996.

The Centre was created to handle staff training and development functions with the mandate to develop and offer part-time professional Certificate, Diploma, Advanced Diploma and other specialised programmes aimed at capacity building, with strong linkages to professional bodies, for the benefit of vast and multifarious target groups in the public and private sectors of the economy.

The main thrust of HRDC's activities is to provide increased access to quality human capacity development, which is vital for the nation's rapidly developing economy. Presently, the Centre has over a hundred academic and professional programmes and can readily boast of being the Centre of first choice and indeed 'nulli secundus' in providing organisations with socially relevant professional, technical and managerial skills for the development of the nation's economy.

Many of our professional programmes have been used by participants as leverage in acquiring higher degrees in Universities within Nigeria and abroad.

Activities of the HRDC

Human Resources Development Centre provides logistics for all categories of staff training for the upgrading of professional skills and qualifications, and also coordinates various professional and academic programmes that are offered by the University’s academic departments and the school of postgraduate studies as non full time equivalent programmes.

Examples are Executive Masters and Postgraduate programmmes in various disciplines such as Business Administration, Banking and Finance, Law, Education, Industrial Relations etc. In addition, Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) runs Diploma and Certificate programmes which are aimed at capacity building. Its other programmes including seminars, workshop, conferences, consultancy services and specially-tailored programmes are designed to meet the problem-solving needs of the Nigerian Community at large.

The seminars and workshops are designed by the HRDC solely, or in collaboration with interested national and international bodies, agencies, professional institutes and Non-Government Organizations (NGOS) as non-formal manpower development programmes for the educated workforce, in line with current socio-economic imperatives.

HRDC also develops appropriate programmes on request to meet the specific needs of the establishments concerned. There is scope for the organization of in-house short-time skill development programmes.

Genaral Interest Programmes

The training programmes are designed to cover fields such as:

  • Administration and Management
  • Agricultural Concerns
  • Arts and Culture
  • Communication
  • Development and Environment
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Medicine (Including Herbal Medicine)
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance, Banking and Commerce
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Oil Technology
  • Pharmacy
  • Religion
  • Sciences
  • Security
  • Transportation and others

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and Workshops are designed solely by the HRDC or in collaboration with interested national and international bodies; Agencies and Non-governmental organizations (NGOS) as non-formal manpower development programmes for the educated workforce, in line with current socio-economic imperatives.

Specially Tailored Programmes

On request the HRDC develops appropriate programmes to meet the specific needs of the establishments concerned. There is also scope for the conduct of in-house short-term skill development programmes at regular intervals.

Collaboration with Professional Institutes and Chartered Organization

Such collaboration is to establish a forum for the exchange of ideas on topical subjects and modern trends in these professions.

Women in Development Programmes

These programmes are designed in collaboration with NGOS, Women Affairs Ministry and other interested organizations with the objective of assessing women empowerment in the society as well as developing leadership and managerial skills in women.

Local Government and Backward Integration

Local Government organs and structures could equally tap the HRDC’s Resources for their development programmes, especially in the light of the current emphasis on backward integration.

Entrance Examinations

Qualifying Examinations are conducted by HRDC in programmes other than the University Matriculation Examination (UME).

Training Facilities

The Human Resources Development Centre, being the Coordinating Unit for part- time and professional programmes of the University of Lagos, has almost unlimited access to the University’s excellent training facilities within the Main Campus. These ranges from well furnished fully air-conditioned lecture halls and theatres to boardrooms and committee rooms for syndicate groups.

Other facilities available for our programmes include Laboratories, Studios, Interactive White Boards, etc.

Course Facilitators

Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) derives its skills and competencies from the vast human and material resources readily available within the University. Resource personnel are also sourced from the Industries, Professional Associations and other specialized sectors to give practical orientation to its training programmes.

Entry Requirements

Details of entry requirements are indicated for each course in the HRDC Calendar of programmes. However, consideration will be given to any applicant holding qualification other than those listed which are deemed by the University to be of equivalent standing for admission purposes.

Registration for HRDC Programmes

Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) usually advertises its programmes in the national dailies, and on its website. Interested Candidates may enrol by completing the application on-line and forward to:

The Director,
Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC)
University of Lagos
Tel: Direct Line; 234(01) 7379626, 8102815, 8102816, 8102817, 8102818
PABX Lines: 5454891-5, Ext 1900
E-mail: hrdc@unilag.edu.ng


All programmes run by the Board are non-residential. The Board makes special arrangements for room reservation at the University Guest Houses for participarts who indicate their intention to stay at the University Main campus. Each participant may also make his/her reservation at the University Guest Houses/Conference Centre if he/she so desires. The Guest Houses facility offers comfortable lodging and boarding within a serene environment and opens seven days of the week.

The University also makes its Lagoon Front and Botanical Gardens facilities accessible to participants for recreational and research purposes


Cancellation may be made seven (7) days before the commencement of the programme. A 50% administrative charge will be charged for cancellation. No refund will be made for failure to attend the programme without the required notice.


Human Resources Development Centre (HRDC) reserves the right to alter dates, fees and venue of its scheduled programmes. Such changes will however be announced.


University of Lagos Certificates are issued to participants on the successful completion of the programme and full payment of the programme fees.