Mathematics Students Advised to Get Professional Certification
Students of Mathematics at Covenant University have been advised to obtain additional qualifications which would give them advantage over other professionals in any chosen field.
The Head, Digital Bridge Institute, Lagos Campus, Mr. Paulinus Ugwoke, gave the advice on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, while speaking on, “IT, Computer and Mathematics: The Missing Link in National Development,” at the Town and Gown Interaction organised by the Department of Mathematics, Covenant University, Ota.
Mr. Ugwoke noted that Mathematics dovetailed into a lot of professions but the closest, according to him, are Computer Science and Information Communication Technology (ICT). He charged the students to specialize in any particular programme noting that the foundation acquired in Mathematics would give them an edge over others who major in such programme.
“What is ruling the world today is Computer and ICT but their backbone is Mathematics. Therefore, as a Mathematician, all you need do is to develop interest in any area or programme, get certified and become expert in that area. Mathematics will give you advantage over others,” he explained.
The guest speaker explained further that Logic is the Mathematical foundation of computer. Other fields, such as calculus, algebra, set theory and probability theory are fields of Mathematics that are implemented in computer programmes but are not fundamental to it.
Mathematicians, he said, are the ones holding sway in many industries such as banking and Telecommunications among others. “Mathematics gives you a wider view of the world and not narrowly minded. Without Mathematics, you cannot secure any information in Networking and Telecommunication because what you have is more than what others in other discipline have,” he boasted.
He also advised the faculty present at the event to acquire industry experience in order to teach students the applications of Mathematics to different areas of human endeavours. This, he said, would inspire the students to develop interest in the subject.
The Head, Department of Mathematics, Dr. Timothy Anake, remarked that the department already has tailored options in Mathematics that addresses the issue of programming. The focus, he said, was to make the students very competent programmers.
While appreciating the guest speaker for the exposé and the participants for their rapt attention, he made the students understand that whatever option of Mathematics they are studying; they all have capacity to become whatever they want to be.