The Strathmore International Mathematics Research Meeting was opened by the Vice-chancellor of Strathmore University Prof John Odhiambo on Monday July 23, 2012 at Strathmore Business School. The theme of the meeting was “Enhancing mathematics research in African universities through international collaboration”. The key note speech was given by the Director African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Prof Barry Green.
The research meeting was a follow-up of last year’s first Strathmore University International Mathematics Conference, which coincided with the official launch of the Centre for Applied research in Mathematical Sciences (CARMS) and whose mandate is to enhance research in Mathematical Sciences.
The research initiative intends to promote and explore new collaborations among the International Mathematics community, and in particular researchers in Africa. The countries of Eastern, Western and Southern Africa were all represented by delegates from more than ten African nations. There was also international representation from America, Europe and Asia with delegates from eight nations.
Some of the institutions represented were; Oxford University, University of Huddersfield, University College London, University of the Witwatersrand and several private and public universities from East Africa.
The research meeting focused on five areas of mathematics research and application, namely pure mathematics, mathematical biology, mathematical finance, statistical modeling, and mathematics education. It was organised into five 4-day parallel workshops of invited and contributed talks in each of the areas of focus listed above.
Top level and renowned professors in mathematics and its application were well distributed in the five areas the workshops covered. The vast majority of the 130 participants were graduate students from public universities at various stages of masters and PhD studies, some of whom made presentations of their work.
The maths teachers who attended the mathematics education workshop benefited from the issues discussed that affect the quality of mathematics teaching in schools around the world. Such issues include; quality of the curriculum, teacher attitude toward maths and preparation.
The general impression of the participants was that the event was well organised and the presentations were of high academic standards. The research findings presented were relevant to the graduate students’ areas of research.