MENAO, Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities

COEX Convention & Exhibition Centre, Seoul, Korea,

South, 4th floor. Grand Conference Rooms 401
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 



  • Registration


  • Introductions:

    Cheryl Praeger, IMU EC member, University of Western Australia (Australia)

    Marcelo Viana, IMU Vice-President; IMPA (Brazil)

    Hyungju Park, POSTECH, Chair ICM 2014, (Korea)

    Herb Clemens, University of Utah, CDC Secretary for Policy (USA)

09:10-10:10 Invited Talks

  • Ngô Bao Châu, University of Chicago and Vietnam Institute for Advanced Study in Mathematics, (Vietnam): The place of mathematics in a developing country: the case of Vietnam

  • Edward Lungu, University of Botswana, (Botswana): How mathematics shaped my life and career


Break and conversation


10:30 -11:15 Invited Talk

  • Eric Hanushek, Hoover Institution of Stanford University, (USA): Relationship between mathematical skills and economic development, for the presentation please click here.


11:15-12:10 Achievements


Lunch in room 307 & 308


13:30-14:00 Achievements

  • Rubí E. Rodríguez, Universidad de La Frontera (Chile), Chilean Mathematical Society: Mathematics in Chile, a half-century of steady development.


14:00-14:30 Achievements

  • Bernt Øksendal, University of Oslo (Norway): The role of Norway's programs in the development of mathematics in Southern Africa. For the presentation please click here.



Break and conversation



Union Panel

  • O. D. Makinde (African Mathematical Union).For the presentation please click here.
  • Edy Tri Baskoro (South East Asian Mathematical Union. For the presentation please click here.
  • José Antonio Seade (UMALCA, Unión Matemática de América Latina y el Caribe)
  • Ragni Piene (CDC, MENAO Committee), Moderator


15:30-16:30 Parallel poster and conversation session (Rooms 402 and 403)

Contributions of international agencies, institutions and foundations

  • Poster and Conversation Session (for a list go here)

  • IMU in Developing Countries Report and Regional Reports: Africa, South East Asia and Latin America


16:30- 16:50

Break and conversation


Grand Conference Room 401

16:50- 17:05

  • Magalie Lebreton-Traoré, UNESCO, (France): Capacity building and innovation in mathematics in the developing world


17:05-17:30 Opportunities

  • Polly Sy, University of the Philippines (Philippines): Short presentation of a four-part vision

    • Graduate Student Support

    • International mentoring

    • Volunteer lecturer program

    • Government, business, industry internships and research collaborations


17:30-18:15 Invited Talk

  • Sir Partha Dasgupta, Cambridge University, (Great Britain): The Place of Knowledge in Economic Development


18:15-18:30 Wrapping up

  • Sir Partha Dasgupta, Cambridge University, (Great Britain)


18:30-18:40 Closing

  • Ingrid Daubechies, IMU President, Duke University (USA)



Reception (jointly at the ICM Welcome Reception)


For questions regarding the program of MENAO, please contact the Herb Clemens, member of the MENAO Sub-Committee and CDC Secretary for Policy via <clemens(at) >.