KIU, Main Campus – The KIU community is privileged to
receive Dr. Olabode Matthias Bamigbola, a Professor of Mathematics from the
University of Ilorin. The professor has provided academic services to the
university due to the Volunteer Lecturer Program under the International
Mathematics Union and Commission for developing countries.
The program offers developing countries the opportunity to
have world-class academic staff carry out intensive training for about three to
Prof. Bamigbola has been in the university system for close
to 40 years, whereby in 1999, he became a professor. His areas of
specialization are in optimization, numerical analysis, and computing.
"I have had real life experiences," he said,
"because right after my PhD, I embarked on a journey of visiting
appointments, teaching in other universities."
"I have had collaborative efforts in research with a
number of academics in the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, and other
countries," he said, "So coming here has offered me an opportunity to
collaborate with staff in KIU."
Over the last 15 years, he also had the opportunity to offer
community service in the external examination, assessment for promotions and
appointments, and also accreditation of programs in mathematics and computer
Prof. Bamigbola holds that academics are indeed without
borders and the field of academia has enabled him to trade knowledge
"I have had the privilege of reviewing both thesis and
dissertations of scholars from different countries like Botswana, South Africa,
and now Uganda," he said.
He appreciated KIU's effort in availing quality education to
students both nationally and internationally.
"KIU has succeeded in internationalising education
because both students and staff from different countries are interacting on an
academic basis within the university," he said.
He also commended KIU for utilizing the components of
Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) like ably employing the use of
a website to distribute information, and the digitalization of library
Although his time of volunteerism at KIU is almost over,
Prof. Bamigbola expressed his interest in taking his sabbatical leave with the
university later this year, principally to do his research.
"I am also hoping to get an opportunity to mentor
students, and assist fellow academic staff who are upcoming in the essence of
research supervision and collaboration," he said, "I have gathered
experience so that I can share it."
Prof. Bamigbola urged KIU to continue improving the system
and availing funds where needed so that both students and staff can further
maximize he stay at the university.
He then encouraged the students to find a way to utilize the
relevant knowledge imparted to advance the society's cause.
"The future is there for you. Education is a tool that
allows you to live and work anywhere in this global world, because university education
trains you to be citizens of the world."