Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation Friday April 10, staged a public
lecture on applied and computational mathematics. The lecture which was attended by students pursuing graduate programmes in mathematics was delivered by the renowned mathematician, Prof. Oluwole Daniel Makinde, of the Faculty of Military Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Prof. Makinde urged the students to embrace innovation and multidisciplinary approach to learning and research in order to be successful. The don said that by leveraging on applied mathematics, PAUSTI students could easily come up with sustainable solutions to Africa’s problems in key areas such as health, agriculture, engineering, climate change and biodiversity conservation.
“Focus on your fields with an aim to make a difference to humanity. Let recognition and material things follow,” Makinde advised.
The mathematician further urged participants to undertake research and publish in high impact journals for greater visibility and effectiveness. This, he explained, was one way of impacting their knowledge areas.
PAUSTI which is hosted at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya aims to produce graduate students who can devise solutions facing the continent.
The Institute offers masters and doctorate mathematics degrees with computational, financial and statistics options.