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Research in Mathematics and computer Science negligible in Africa

. Research in Mathematics, Astronomy and Computer Sciences is negligible in
Africa despite the fact that they constitute the foundation for socio-economic
development.

Professor Jophus
Anamuah-Mensah, Former Vice Chancellor of the University of Education (UEW),
Winneba, who made the observation said publications in such areas were also
very low in Africa.

He was speaking at the
fifth graduation ceremony of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences
(AIMS Ghana) where 47 students made up of 18 females and 29 males drawn from 19
African countries graduated with master’s degrees in Mathematical Science.

Seven of them received
Professor Allotey Meritorious award.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah
said Africa was richly endowed with minerals reserve yet the continent was poor
because the raw minerals were extracted and processed in other continents, depriving
the continent of industries and jobs.

He, therefore,
challenged African Governments to focus more of its efforts and resources on
building a strong scientific and mathematical foundation to rise above such
challenges.

He said Africa could
not boost of a critical mass of skilled labour due to high dropouts in the
education system, adding that, ‘only about a third of children in Africa were
in secondary school and just one in ten had access to tertiary education’.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah
indicated that Africa could not afford to waste any time and that it was
imperative to step up its efforts to catch up with the rest of the world.

According to him, a
recent report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) indicated that poverty in the Sub-Saharan Africa could be reduced by
two thirds if all adults completed secondary education.

He charged the
graduates to use the mathematical sciences skills and knowledge acquired to
influence trends in research and innovation to transform the continent.

“You cannot fail the
generation to come after you. As highly trained mathematical sciences
graduates, one of your greatest interests should be to demystify mathematics to
both young and old,” he advised.

Professor Francis Kofi
Ampenyin Allotey, President of AIMS-Ghana, said the body has trained
201mathematical science students made up of 134 males and 67 females from 19
countries in Africa since 2013.

He said about 70 per
cent of graduates from AIMS were pursuing further studies in prestigious
universities across the World in mathematics related subjects, while 60 per
cent of them were contributing to scientific teaching, research and industry
development.

He said the AIMS Ghana
Research Centre presented a unique platform to help compound mathematical
skills shortage in the academia and the private sector and offered opportunity
for Ghana to bring Africa to the forefront of science and innovation.

Prof Allotey said AIMS
Ghana in partnership with the European School of Management and Technology
(ESMT) with funding from the German Academic Services launched the AIMS ESMT
Industry Immersion Programme as part of its industry initiative.

The programme, he
said, aimed at strengthening the employability of mathematically excellent
university graduates and provide hands-on supplementary curriculum to those who
sought a career in industry.

He expressed
appreciation to the Canadian Government and the Government of Ghana for the
continual support and called on others to come to the aid of the academic
institution to admit more mathematical science students.

In their Valedictory
address, the overall best graduating students, Mr Enayon Sunday Tiawo and Ms
Mildred Aduamoah, urged their colleagues to endeavour to contribute to the
development of Africa and not expect to be successful overnight.

 

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