NATIONAL MATHEMATICAL CENTRE (NMC)
The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) was established by Decree 40 of 1989 to develop appropriate initiatives and resources of international standing for re-awakening and sustaining interest in the mathematical sciences and their applications at all levels.
The Center runs the following eight (8) programmes, namely:
1. Mathematics programme
2. Theoretical physics programme
3. Biology programme
4. Computer science programme
5. Mathematics Improvements project
6. Statistics programme
7. Scientific activities
8. Joint degree programmes
These departments were as a matter of policy headed by reputable and renowned Professors. It was so to enable facilitation of quality scientific activities to the best interest of the growing Scientists within and outside the Country.
The Mathematics Programme
Mathematics Programme of the National Mathematical Centre is one of the oldest academic departments of the Centre. The sole responsibility of Mathematics programme department is to coordinate quality scientific activities in areas that much attention is needed to the learning and teaching of Mathematical Sciences in the nation and beyond. Such scientific activities are: Workshop, Foundation Postgraduate Course (FPC), Research Oriented Course (ROC), Conference and Symposium.
Theoretical Mathematics programme
The Theoretical Physics Programme carry out the mandate of the Centre to develop physics in the black Africa, development of human capacity, management training and international development through Research and Education.
Over the years, the programme had organized short-courses in form of Foundation Postgraduate courses and Research oriented courses, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences and Symposia. These scientific activities were organized in the following areas of physics:
A. Astronomy and Astrophysics
B. Nuclear and Plasma Physics
C. Statistical Physics
D. Condensed Matter Physics
E. High Energy Physics, etc
The programme had extended to its tentacles to collaborate with some International Centre of Excellence like the Absalam Institute of the Theoretical Physics and the Centre organized the ICTP/NMC Regional School/Workshop on Statistical Methods and Computational Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics to hold in 2010 at the National Mathematical Centre Abuja.
The International Centre for Basic Research signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre and had jointly run the International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development (ISOTPAND) for 2009 under public and private Practice (PPP) arrangement. The Centre and the Journal of Physics based at the North Carolina University had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the purpose of publication of the ISOTPAND 09 proceedings and some subsequent issues of ISOTPAND and other publications of Interest in the African Scientific Network Forum.
Areas of Research and Training Focus:
B. Neural Network, Parallel processing pattern recognizing and applications in Physics;
C. Financial Engineering and eco-physical problems;
D. Computational Physics Cosmology and atmospheric Physics, harmonium mathematics;
E. The field gauze and quasi-crystal theories;
F. Solar and related Energy Problem;
G. Environmental hygiene and global warming;
H. High Energy Physics;
I. Super conductors;
J. Plasma and nuclear Physics;
a. Introduce innovative approach to overcome funding problems;
b. To be more enterprising by seeking funds to implement our programmes developmental plans
c. To join the Centre’e effort on production of Physics textbook for basic and post-back schools including higher institutions;
d. We intend to organize seminar (long vocation) in some geopolitical zones through fund to be sought;
e. Integrate our programmes to accommodate M-Learning and E-learning Technologies and applications to Physics;
f. To empowering Workshops on Solar application and converters, etc.
g. Join hands with other programme and units to achieve Centre’s objectives.
Mathematics Improvement Project (MIP)
A programme designed to undertake the Mathematics Improvement Programme, and aimed at the improvement of the teaching and learning of mathematics at all levels of Nigerian education system. It creates a new teaching methodology capable of enhancing secondary school students’ performances in Mathematics in public examinations, organized by examination bodies like JAMB, WAEC, and NECO etc.
Accordingly, the Centre has embarked on organizing training workshops for teachers of mathematics in schools using textbooks and other teaching aids designed by the Centre for demonstration at the workshops. Some of the topics covered during such workshops include:
1. Model teaching methods and active learning strategies
2. Strategies for teaching of mathematics in secondary schools;
3. Teaching of difficult concepts in measurement, number and numeration, geometry and trigonometry, probability, statistics, etc.;
4. Teaching of mathematics through mathematics games;
5. Setting up of mathematics laboratory in schools; and
6. Use of library and computer in the teaching of mathematics.
The NMC mounts workshops on the effective and efficient ways of teaching and learning of mathematics at school level at least once a year in each of the six geo-political zones. The reports of these workshops have been very encouraging. The Mathematics WASCE result (10% scores) since 1999 have moved progressively from 18% in 1999 to 37% (in 2003). In Katsina State the results used to be 0.5% in 1998, and 3.40% in 2003. With the assistance of Katsina State Government, the National Mathematical Centre carried out an intervention programme under the rubric name (Mathematics Improvement Project (MIP)) using Seven Secondary Schools in the State for the experiment that lasted for 2-years (2003-2005). The WASCE Mathematics performance of students in the MIP schools catapulted from 5% in 2003 to over 70% in 2005. With this success story many States (Zamfara, Plateau, Ondo, Ebonyi, Kaduna Bauchi, Yobe, Bayelsa, and Edo States) have already joined or are willing to join the Mathematics Success Train (MIP).
National, Pan African and International Olympiad Programmes
A programme to help students acquire critical thinking skills and to introduce the students to the role of mathematics and science in day to day human endeavour. It also encourages the students to develop a passion for mathematics and the sciences and consider a career in these disciplines as an early stage.
The Centre has been organizing mathematics Olympiads all over the country to select participants for the Pan-African Mathematics Olympiads (PAMO) and International Mathematics Olympiads (IMO). Because of the dynamism of the Centre in this direction, it has attracted the mandate from Federal Ministry of Education to be in charge of Olympiads not only for mathematics including Computer Science but also for some other basic sciences- Physics, Chemistry, and Biology.
Therefore, through this activity, the Centre helps identify, nurture and mentor the next generation of mathematical scientists that can use their knowledge and talent to contribute in nation building.
Nigeria, through the Centre hosted the 17th edition of the Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO) in April, 2007 and Nigerian student won Gold for having the highest score in the African Mathematics contest.
So far, the Centre has identified and trained students from all over the country to represent Nigeria in 6 Olympiads, namely:
1. International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
2. Pan African Mathematics Olympiad (PAMO)
3. International Chemistry Olympiad (IchO)
4. International Physics Olympiad (IPh.O)
5. International Biology Olympiad (IBO), and
6. International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)
National Mathematical Centre
Website : www.nmcabuja.org
Mailing Address: National Mathematical Centre, P. M. B. 118, Abuja,Nigeria.
Visiting address: National Mathematical Centre, Abuja-Lokoja Expressway, Kwali-Sheda, Abuja, Nigeria