G. O. S. Ekhaguere

Godwin Osakpemwoya Samuel Ekhaguere is President of the International Centre for Mathematical & Computer Sciences (ICMCS), Lagos, Nigeria; Professor of Mathematics, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria; Adjunct Professor of Mathematics, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria; and Consultant on Higher Education to the Ford Foundation, Office for West Africa, Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a BSc in Physics from the University of Ibadan in 1971; the DIC (Diploma of Imperial College) in Mathematical Physics in 1974 from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, University of London; and a PhD in Mathematical Physics from the same institution, in 1976. He began his university teaching career at the University of Ibadan in 1976 and became Full Professor in 1988.

Among the awards and honours Professor Ekhaguere has received are: University of Ibadan Scholar (1969- 1971), Cocoa Marketing Board Scholar (1969-1971), Midwestern State Postgraduate Scholar (1971- 1976), Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (1983-1984), and Associateship (1989-1995) and Senior Associateship (2001-2006) at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. He has served on the Governing Council, and is a member of Senate, of the University of Ibadan, and has been a visiting scientist at a number of institutions around the world, including the Institute of Theoretical Physics; University of Wroclaw, Poland; BiBoS Forschungszentrum, University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany; Sonderforschungsbereich 123 University of Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany; Arnold-Sommerfeld Institute for Mathematical Physics, Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany; International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy; Centro Matematica Vito Volterra, Universita’ di Roma II (Tor Vergata), Rome, Italy; and University of Western Cape, South Africa. He is a member of several professional associations as well as editorial boards of academic journals in mathematics and mathematical physics, and also serves as a reviewer/referee for major journals.

In the area of higher education management, Professor Ekhaguere was a Senior Programme Officer (Programmes & Cooperation) from 1997-2001 at the Association of African Universities (AAU), Accra, Ghana, the apex non-governmental African organization engaged in all aspects of higher education management on the African continent. In that capacity, he developed new programmes and services, including proposals to funding agencies on various aspects of higher educational management in Africa, administered various programmes and projects, and, in particular, coordinated projects, programmes and activities in such areas as regional and international cooperation in higher education, regional cooperation in graduate training and research, networking of African universities for graduate training and research, quality assurance in African universities, academic mobility on the African continent, administration of scholarship/fellowship programmes that target qualified African graduate students, response of African universities to social problems on the continent, and gender equity. He is very familiar with the fundamental challenges faced by higher education institutions in Africa and has been involved in diverse efforts and strategies aimed at meeting them. From 2001-2006, he was a Member of the International Commission of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), Washington DC, USA.

Professor Ekhaguere’s main interests in higher education management include, quality assurance & enhancement in African Higher Education Institutions, regional cooperation in graduate training & research, institutional management, capacity-building (training & research), institutional leadership, visioning & strategic planning, international cooperation in higher education, skills improvement, capacity utilization, and academic mobility. As a mathematician, his areas of specializations comprise mathematical physics, with emphasis on quantum field theory, dynamical systems, and applications to natural phenomena; classical and non-commutative probability theory, with emphasis on stochastic differential and integral equations, and their applications, such as financial mathematics; and *-algebras, with emphasis on their structure and representations. He has published widely in many international journals specializing in mathematics and mathematical physics.