The Chemical Engineering Programme is designed to train graduates who will be producers rather than mere consumers. The Programme emphasizes not only the processing of materials but also the optimal utilization of locally available raw materials for the production of goods for local consumption and exports. This is in support of a major target of the Millennium Development Goals which aim at reducing by half the proportion of people living on less than $1 a day, and those suffering from hunger by the year 2015. For this purpose, the nation must have a very vibrant industrial sector that will provide gainful employment for the citizens as well as the goods and services that modern societies thrive on. It is expected that the Chemical Engineers from the Department will play a major role in realizing this goal. Thus, the Programme is designed to contribute to all the ten industrial sectors, namely:
- Wood and Wood Products;
- Pulp, Paper and Paper products, Printing and Publishing;
- Domestic and Industrial Rubber, Plastic and Foam;
- Non-Metallic Mineral Products;
- Textile, Wearing Apparel, Leather and Leather Products;
- Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals;
- Motor Vehicles and Miscellaneous;
- Food Beverages and Tobacco;
- Base Metals, Iron and Steel, and Engineering Services; and
- Electrical and Electronics.
The course contents address subjects in pesticides which are critical for the agricultural (food production) Programme emphasized in Vision 2020 as well as the Millennium Development Goals. Similarly, foundation technologies for drug manufacturing are taught in the biochemical engineering module of the Programme.