FUTA Students Wins National Mathematics Competition.
Four students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) will represent Nigeria at the International Mathematics Competition (IMC) being organized by the University College, London and holding in America University, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria between 25th and 29th July, 2016.
The FUTA students achieved this feat by coming tops at the 8th National Mathematics Competition for University Students (2016 NAMCUS) which took place in Abuja under the aegis of the National Mathematical Centre.
They came first from a pool of twenty-four competing Universities with 96 students which earned them a place in the international competition.
The FUTA Team comprised of Michael Omolaja, a 500 level student who clinched a gold medal and the title of Best Student Mathematician across Nigerian Universities, Mary Akinade and Segun Ofe, both 500 level students who won silver medals and Desmond Dike, a 300 level student who picked a bronze medal (all from the Mathematics department). The team was supervised by Dr. Babatope Omolofe and Mr. Ayodeji Afolabi, both lecturers in the Maths Department.
The International Competition would consist of two sessions of five hours each with problems from the field of Algebra, Real and Complex Analysis, Geometry and Combinatorics with about 80 countries participating.
NAMCUS, which is an annual event initiated by the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), Abuja to prepare Nigerian students for the annual International Mathematics Competition for students of higher institutions across the country.
The 2016 edition consisted of two papers of six questions drawn from a pool on Abstracts, Algebra, Real Analysis, Complex Analysis, Functional Analysis and Differential Equations with forty-eight students emerging as medal winners.
Dr Babatope Omolofe, one of the team leaders particularly expressed gratitude to God for the placement of the team. He said the team owed it to God as he saw total commitment to God as their winning ticket.
Mr. Ayodeji Afolabi, the other team leader added that the team’s victory showed the stuff FUTA is made off and increases the University’s ranking among its peers.
While congratulating the team, the FUTA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, assured the students of total support as they prepare to fly the flag of Nigeria in Bulgaria.
He described their feat as a big boost to the University image and another testimony to its excellence in academic matters.