## History of the Department of Mathematics

The Department of Mathematics came into existence on 15^{th} of July 2016 when the Senate of Ekiti State University approved the splitting of the Department of Mathematical Sciences into three new departments viz Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics.

The Department of Mathematical Sciences was one of the pioneer departments in the Faculty of Science and the University. The Department was first named the Department of Mathematics, and Statistics in 1982/83 academic session with a degree programme in Mathematics. In 1991/92 a degree programme in Computer Science was started in the Department and in 2002 a degree programme in Statistics was introduced.

Four lecturers started the department which include: Mr. S.A. Olorunsola, Professor Akin-Ojo, Mr. Akpome (a Corps Member) and Dr. Adjei as the first acting Head of the Department. Presently, the department is endowed with eleven permanent staff members including Prof. E. A. Ibijola and Prof. F. M. Aderibigbe, Dr. M. O. Oke, Dr. Mrs. R. B. Ogunrinde, Dr. A. A. Obayomi, Dr. S. O. Ayinde, Dr. T. O. Ogunlade, Dr. J. K. Adebayo, Dr. S. E. Fadugba and Mr. O. M. Ogunmiloro.

**The Philosophy**

The undergraduate programme in the department is designed to provide students with the necessary tools, for mathematical techniques and logical reasoning. Thus, they are designed in such a way that the first two years of the programme are devoted to expose students to the fundamental and basic principles of Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics and to their numerous applications in other academic disciplines. Emphases are then placed, in the later years on developing programmes that are suitable for specialized post-graduate training and employment in the public service and the industries.** **

**The Objectives**

The undergraduate programme in Mathematics is designed to:

- instil in students a sense of enthusiasm for Mathematics, an appreciation of its application in different areas and to involve them in an intellectual stimulating and satisfying experience of learning and studying.
- provide students a broad and balance foundation in Mathematics and give them basic knowledge and practical skills in mathematical software packages.
- develop in students the ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to the solution of theoretical and practical problem in real life.
- develop in students, through an education in mathematics, a range of transferable skills of values in mathematical and non-mathematical related employment
- provide students with knowledge and skills from which they can proceed to further studies in specialized areas of mathematics and multi-disciplinary areas involving mathematics.
- generate in students an appreciation of the importance of mathematics in industrial, economic, environmental and social context

**The Mission Statement**

To offer high quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mathematics and carry out research that will enable our students to match up with international standard, thereby attaining scientific revolution in our world.