Inadequate and inconsistent applied research sits at the core of the socio-economic challenges be-straddling the African continent. This is a result of overemphasis on ordinary learning at the expense of extrapolation of the learned concepts into real life by African scholars.
To reverse this trend, the renowned African Mathematician, Prof. Daniel Makinde of Cape Peninsula University of Technology (South Africa) has challenged both budding and accomplished scientists to be open minded in their approach to learning, paying attention to the needs of the continent.
“A number of research attempts in Africa crumble because of shaky foundations required for the same”, avers Prof. Makinde, who has earned numerous awards following his innovative research initiatives in the area of applied mathematics.
The visiting professor at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has equally challenged the pioneer students of Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI) to break from the past and properly ground themselves in the concepts and theories of research to effectively undertake applied research.
“African can easily compete with the rest of the world if we change our attitude and orientation to learning and life in general. We must embrace the spirit of innovation, commitment, excellence and hard work”, reckons Prof. Makinde.
The Mathematician further opined that no subject in the world is ‘useless’ adding that one only needs to cultivate interest and dedication to achieve excellence. Prof. Makinde was addressing PAUISTI students in a lecture on MagnetoHydroDynamics of Nano-Fluids over a Flat Surface, Thursday January 24, 2013 at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, where the East African hub of the continental university is domiciled.