MENAO, Mathematics in Emerging Nations: Achievements and Opportunities

COEX Convention & Exhibition Centre, Seoul, Korea,

South, 4th floor. Grand Conference Rooms 401

Find a link to the location here:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014. 



  • Registration


  • Introductions:

    Cheryl Prager (University of Western Australia)

    Ingrid Daubechies (Duke University, USA, IMU President)

    Hyungju Park (POSTECH, Korea, Chair ICM 2014)

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

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

11:15-12:10 Achievements

  • KunMo Chung, former Minister of Science and Technology, (South Korea): Mathematics, a fundamental pillar of Korean economic development



13:30-14:00 Achievements

  • Rubí E. Rodríguez, Universidad de La Frontera (Chile) and Gunther Uhlmann, University of Washington (USA), 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


Break and conversation


Union Panel

  • Adewale Roland Tunde Solarin (African Mathematical Union)
  • Edy Tri Baskoro (South East Asian Mathematical Union)
  • 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

Juma Shabani, Former Director in UNESCO, (France): The role of mathematics in higher education 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



  • 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) >.