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The Centre for Preliminary and Extramural Studies (CPES) was established through a statute of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna Governing Council on 30th July 2003. Its name at inception was the Centre for Remedial and Extramural Studies (CRES). The Centre introduced Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) programme in 2007.
The new name (CPES) was adopted by the Senate of the University on 27th February 2008 to reflect some of the new programmes that have been introduced since the creation of the Centre. Management at its 36th Meeting held on 15th June, 2010 reviewed the programmes of the Centre considering problems related to remedying deficiencies after gaining admission into the main stream University. Consequently, the remedial programme was replaced with Preliminary Degree Programme with entry requirements as five Credits in not more than two sittings in English language, Mathematics and any three of the following subjects: Biology/Agricultural Science, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Geography, and Economics.
The Centre is responsible for the coordination and running of all academic programmes that are not funded by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Although the Centre is yet to get final approval to run a particular Diploma programme it has concluded all arrangements to run Diploma in Business and Entrepreneurship Education.
The philosophy of the centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies is to attain the ultimate height in preparing students for admission into undergraduate programmes at different levels as well as training and preparing the students for low-to-mid level careers.
The programme of the Centre for Preliminary and Extra-Mural Studies is design to:
- Develop a centre of academic excellence for training students to acquire qualification higher than secondary school level.
- Provide candidates with advanced level training in order to qualify them for entry into an undergraduate degree programmes in Universities.
- Prepare students from the catchment states (especially Niger State) to acquire qualifications in order to gain admission into regular University programmes
- Provide candidates with skills and knowledge for work at a lower level than an undergraduate degree would.