Department of Mathematics started as a servicing unit at the inception of the University in the year 2002. In 2004, it became a full unit under the Department of Natural Sciences and today it is now a full Department, accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in the College of Science and Technology. Dr. S. A. Bishop presently acts as Head of Department. From the population of five pioneering students in 2004, the Department has grown to over one hundred and fifty (150) students today.
In response to the needs of industry and Academia, the Department now offers options in Computer Science and Statistics.
Then and now, the Department provides academic services for her students as well as students of other departments in the University. The Department presently has total in-house Faculty strength of twenty (20) and three (3) Staff. The adjunct lecturers handle courses outside the domain of mathematics.
To be a leading Department of Mathematics within the context of a world-class University with an array of undergraduate programmes designed to produce graduates with a sound, broad and balanced foundation in mathematics knowledge and skills by offering courses which are oriented towards practical development in a non-gender discriminatory environment and eradication of poverty. Furthermore, to midwife world class teaching and research carefully tailored towards becoming one of the first ten Departments of Mathematics in the world by the year 2022 while fostering the attainment of sustainable development goals.
To create a well-balanced, high-quality, and locally adaptable Mathematics knowledge: employing innovative, leading-edge teaching and learning methods and research leading to the award of Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mathematics, thereby restoring confidence and fostering a curriculum that promotes an integrated, life-applicable education relevant in a globalised world. The programme is thus designed to raise a new generation of Mathematicians who are mentally resourceful, intellectually equipped, futuristically visionary and responsible change-agents with leadership skills to show, thereby leading to the transition from Mathematics to lifematics.
The philosophy of the Department of Mathematics is derived from the overall philosophy of Covenant University, which can be summarized as “Bringing up a new generation of leaders that will move the African continent forward in all areas of human endeavour”. The Department therefore, aims to marry theory with practice and hence undertake to train all students in the methods and techniques of independent research as a means of developing skills needed for critical reasoning about issues in science and national development, that will be beneficial to the community, industry, government and the country at large. Furthermore, there is a strong desire to achieve an enviable level of professionalism and entrepreneurship while maintaining good academic background germinating into valuable industry-university relationship. The drive is to produce graduates who can make informed contributions to scientific, technological, economic and social issues in a globalized environment such as the attainment of the Vision 10-2022 of the University and the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs). Thus, the various research clusters in the Department are involved in researches geared toward the attainment of both Vision 10-2022 of the University and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). The Pure Mathematics programme in Covenant University is to create the enabling platform for the training of a new generation of problem solvers in all fields of human endeavours.
The programme is aimed at developing cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks including problem solving in mathematics.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
To achieve this aim, emphasis will be placed on the following objectives:
- Develop in students’ enthusiasm for mathematics and appreciation of its applications in different areas of our national manpower needs.
- Produce graduates who can handle mathematics in science, engineering, business and related disciplines involving mathematics.
- Prepare students for graduate studies in specialized areas of mathematics or multi-disciplinary areas involving mathematics.
- Develop in students the ability to apply their knowledge of mathematics and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problems in real-life situations.
- Provide service courses in mathematics for students in other disciplines requiring a working knowledge of mathematics.