Institute of Education, Nasarawa State University, Keffi was established in October, 2014. Professor J.O.E Otuka was the first Director appointed for the Institute. The current Director is Professor Orame P.S Alaku.
The Institute is designed to provide educational consultation, liaisons and professional training through linkages between the University and other educational agencies that exist in Nasarawa State and beyond.
The Institute of Governance and Development Studies is one of the earliest academic Centres of Excellence to be approved by the Senate of Nasarawa State University under the leadership of Prof. Adamu Baikie, the pioneer Vice-Chancellor. The intention for its establishment was to expand the University’s scope of influence in society through multi -disciplinary education and capacity building. By this, students or trainees will develop knowledge and skill-sets that enables them to respond to emerging national development challenges for the common good. The birth of the Institute was therefore a paradigm shift from the traditional department- based, single-discipline approach to manpower development for the polity. This intention was eventually appropriated when Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi proposed postgraduate courses in Security & Strategic Studies and Peace & Conflict Studies. These programmes were approved by the fourth Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Mohammad Akaro Mainoma and ratified by the Senate to be domiciled at the Institute. Its academic programmes have expanded to include Forensic Investigation with specializations in Accounting and Digital Forensics, and Public Procurement.