The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) was established by ACT, CAP N58, 2004, to among others, train and develop high level of personnel in Mathematical Sciences, create a resource centre to serve National and International communities as a focal point for advanced research and training in mathematical Sciences and applications. The Centre is also mandated to identify and encourage young talents, stimulate enthusiasm among young Nigerian students and attract distinguished mathematical scientists, from all over the world, to enable it tackle national set goals in the development of mathematical sciences.
To become a world class Centre of excellence for research and training in the Mathematical Sciences capable of promoting the development and Socio-economic impact of Mathematical Sciences in Nigeria, as well as using mathematical Sciences to solve important scientific and technological problems.
To develop appropriate initiative and resources of international standing for the re-awakening and sustaining of interest in the mathematical sciences and their application to life and by so doing produce specialists in the Mathematical Sciences at all levels of our educational system.
The Academic Programmes as established from the beginning are:
- Mathematics Programme
- Theoretical Physics Programme
- Statistics Programme
- Computer Science Programme
- Mathematical Sciences Education Programme
Other administrative structures were established over the time to enable smooth running of activities of the Centre, namely, Registry, Bursary and Library departments together with Professional and non-Professional Units under the Office of the Director.
ACTIVITIES OF THE CENTRE
ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC ACTIVITIES
- Engaging in trending researches in the core academic programmes of the Centre, leading to publication in reputable high-fly journals, with high impact factor,
- Development of grant-wining research proposals on contemporary issues that are internationally competitive.
- Seeking Mathematical solutions to some national challenges in the area of economy, agriculture, environment, health, etc.
- Organizing academic Conferences research-oriented workshops and Seminars.
- Higher education textbook writing
The Centre organizes the under listed trainings:
- Postgraduate Foundation Courses/targeted at young lecturers at the Universities and other tertiary institutions;
- Graduate Foundation Courses, aimed at re-training interested graduates with first Class or Second Class Upper Division in Pure Mathematics
- Refresher –oriented workshops and Symposia, targeted at employees in the public and private sector with the aim of improving skills, competences and updating knowledge.
- High level researched lectures organized by invited distinguished Professors aimed at opening up researchable areas and throwing up research questions.
TALENT-HUNT AND DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
- National Mathematics Competition for University Students (NAMCUS). This is a talent-hunt competition within Nigerian Universities. This is carried out by organizing Mathematics Competitions for Nigerian Undergraduates with CGPA of 4.0 and above who are in their final year, for the purpose of identifying young talents and generating their interest in the learning of Mathematics by seeking support for their further studies.
- Nigerian Universities Computer Programming Contest
In fulfilment of its mandate to develop and stimulate interest in Mathematical Sciences among Nigerian youths, the Centre registered Nigeria in the World most glamorous annual Computer Programming Contest, among University Students where the finest and best brains in Computing Programming meet to compete for honours.
- Olympiad Competition: the Centre is responsible for organizing Olympiad competitions in Mathematics(IMO), Physics(IPhO), Chemistry(ICO), Biology(IBO) and Informatics(IOI)
HUMAN CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES:
In her effort to continue on its strategies to improve the teaching of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences, the Centre engages in the following capital development programme:
- Mathematics Improvement Project (MIP). This contains development of teaching aids, kits, software and modules towards simplifying, popularizing and improving the teaching and learning of Mathematics with the aim of eliminating phobia for Mathematics.
- Workshop for Re-training of teachers across the state of the federation: this is done in collaboration with willing state governments
- Commission on Science and Technology (for sustainable developments) in the South (COMSATS) in the training of young Nigerians at M.Sc. degree level.
It is interesting to note that the last group that went for this programme had very good results which earned some of them full scholarships for Ph.D. at some renowned University outside the Country.
- Collaboration with the University of Abuja in the training of Nigerians in the area of Financial Mathematics.
These activities include:
- Nigerian International Mathematical Science Olympiad Committee (NIMSOCOM):
This Committee consist of all the Honourable Commissioners of Education in the thirty six (36) States of the Federation and Abuja, together with other organisations like Cowbell (Promasidor) company, NTIC, etc.
The Centre regularly organise meetings of the above political office holders from all the states of the with a view to collaborating in some of the activities of the Centre to enable reach the nooks and crannies of the Country. In particular, the Committee is concerned with issues of the Mathematical Sciences Olympiad.
- Forum of Professors and Heads of Mathematics Departments of Nigerian Universities.:
This Calibre of Academics comes together to rub minds and cross fertilize ideas on the possible ways of improving the curriculum, teaching and learning of Mathematics.
- Sustainable Development Goals Activity
It is interesting to note that in pursuit of the Agenda of President Muhammad Buhari Administration, the Centre is leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to make Nigeria a nation of educated people, with particular emphasis on mathematical sciences education. The Federal Ministry of Education gave the campaign of SDGs-4 to the NMC to kick Mathematics out of the minds of students at the secondary school levels.
To achieve this goal, the NMC put a programme of activities in place where all the states are being visited for a period of two weeks. This is a pilot scheme wholly sponsored by the Federal Government under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the Federal Ministry of Education. NMC has gone ahead to establish a scheme called Mental Arithmetic Project as a permanent feature for the pilot scheme.
The aim is to bring the learning of mathematics in its most simplified form and to make it popular among students at the junior secondary school level, thereby eliminating phobia for Mathematics completely in the long run.