Competitions and Guidelines
One of the mandates of the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) Abuja is to identify young talents in the Mathematical sciences, train and prepare them to compete internationally. Nigeria through the Centre started participating in International Mathematical Olympiad in 2005, first as an Observer Country and later in 2006 as a participating country. There are six major international Mathematical Sciences Olympiads that Nigeria participates in, through the coordination of the Centre, annually. They are:
- International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)
- International Physics Olympiad (IPhO)
- International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI)
- International Biology Olympiad (IBO)
- International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO)
- Pan African Mathematical Olympiad (PAMO)
Benefits of participating in Olympia Competitions
- The Centre strives hard to find sponsorship for students who get medals at both national and international levels.
- Olympiads motivate students to work very hard while preparing for the examination and as a result, develop their critical thinking abilities and curiosity talents.
- International friendliness is engendered during competitions which may last for the entire lifetime.
- Students with medals are sought after to take up scholarships at no cost to the parents or nations of the participants.
- Teachers who train the students gain more experience on high level reasoning on how to tackle mathematical concepts.
- A student who qualifies by NMC’s assessment may represent Nigeria at the International Olympiads.
- The NMC, Abuja has placed the name of Nigeria among the committee of nations of medal winners at Continental (Africa) and International Olympiads
Qualification for participation
Those who are eligible to participate in International Olympiad Competitions are secondary school students, male and female, junior and senior, who are less than twenty (20) years of age at the time of Competitions are held (usually between July and September) in the year of contest. The student must not be undergoing any study at a higher institution. Senior Secondary School (SS3) students are generally not eligible for reasons that they will be occupied with their final examinations like WASSCE, NECO, etc. Exceptions are however allowed under certain undertakings.
How To Participate
Participation starts with the purchase of Olympiad registration form.
Stages/ Rounds of Competition
Generally, there are four stages/rounds of examinations for the following Olympiads: IMO, IPhO, IOI, IChO, IBO.
The junior Mathematics, Sciences and Informatics Competitions terminate at the 2nd round (referred to as the state level Olympiads).
There are three stages/rounds for National Olympiad Competition in each of the above five International Olympiad Subjects.