The National Mathematical Centre (NMC), says it has trained more than 100 postgraduate students in mathematical modeling as part of efforts to promote high level research in mathematical sciences.
Prof. Promise Mebine, Director/Chief Executive of the Centre told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the “Foundation Postgraduate Training in Mathematical Modeling would help to answer many real-world problems.
According to Mebine, modeling is a process that uses mathematics to represent, analyse and make prediction in order to provide insight into real world phenomena.
“While non-mathematicians will be asking what mathematics is used for, we (Mathematicians) will be asking what can’t we figure out with mathematics.
“This particular training marks an important chapter in the study of Mathematical Modeling in the country.
“I have no doubt that with the calibre of the resource persons involved in the five-day training, there is hope for the future of mathematics in Nigeria.
“These young brains that joined the training from different parts of the country will ever remember this period.”
He, therefore, urged the participants to continue to take advantage of online platforms to advance their academic pursuit.
The director also commended the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu for his unwavering love and interest for the development of mathematics and mathematical Sciences in the country.
He said “knowledge of mathematical modeling is very important if we are to use our mathematics to solve real-world problems.
“The importance of the training can never be over emphasised,” he said.
He further stressed that the Centre’s major challenge was funding, saying that the Centre as part of its efforts to fulfill the mandate of promoting high level research in mathematical sciences organises Foundation Postgraduate Courses.
“It also organises Research Oriented Courses, National Mathematics Competition for University Students and Colloquium.”
Mebine appealed to well-spirited bodies for sponsorship of the Centre’s activities.
Also speaking to NAN, Dr James Ajie, the Coordinator of the programme noted that the training was supposed to be for lecturers and scholars that were yet to obtain PhD.
“But those with PhD that are interested in Mathematical Modeling equally took part”.
Ajie further told NAN that the training was done virtually in order to adhere to non-pharmaceutical COVID-19 protocols