The projects below received financial support in 2022 from the CDC Project Support Program.
Project: Enhancing the skills of scientific researchers in advanced computing and modeling through the use of high-performance software, University of Burundi. Institute for Applied Pedagogy, Department of Mathematics
The aim of the project was to enhance the skills of academic staffs and students in using high- performance software for improving the quality of their research. Using technological tools such as computers and software, many real-life problems can be modeled and visualized in a vivid way to improve the pedagogy of integration as well as students' understanding of difficult concepts. The project aimed to contribute to the improvement of mathematics education in Burundi.
Project: Support of the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics at the University of El Salvador through a one-semester thesis seminar on Algebraic Geometry,
Department of Mathematics of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the University of El Salvador
This project aims at supporting the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics of the University of
El Salvador. A one-semester thesis seminar on several topics of Alge braic Geometry will be
offered as an option to fulfill the requirements to obtain the B. Sc. degree in Mathematics. The
course will be taught by the Algebraic Geometry group of the University of Zacatecas (Mexico). It
is our purpose to have a close and personal monitoring of the development of each student
participating in the program. This project will initiate a partnership among universities of two
developing countries in Latin America.
Project: Mathematics Capacity Building Program, Adama Science and Technology University, Adama, Ethiopia
At present, the number of Ph.D. holders in Mathematics is very few in Ethiopian public universities. The majority of graduate courses are usually covered by expatriate staff. With the current status attaining agenda 2063 will be a challenge for Ethiopia. The project at Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU), Ethiopia will strengthen and expand the Ph.D. training in Applied Mathematics by training Ph.D. students through lectures, examinations, supervision, and design or improvement of Ph.D. curricula, as well as establishing strong research teams consisting of faculty from ASTU and Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), in Applied Mathematics through close collaboration.
Project: ICTP Visiting Fellowships Program, ICTP, Italy
The Mathematics Section of ICTP and CDC/IMU partner up in this project to expand the yearly ICTP Visiting Fellowships Program. Through this program, around 15 scientists from developing countries will have the opportunity to visit ICTP for an extended stay between 15 and 45 days, being fully immersed in the ICTP community, making new connections and focusing on their research programs and career development.
Project: Strengthening Statistical Skills among University students and Researchers in Western Kenya Universities
This project aims to develop open educational resources which statistics faculty in African Universities can use to offer statistical support to graduate students and researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Most statistics faculty in African Universities find it difficult to play this role perhaps because of the heavy teaching loads. It is hoped that this project will support the lecturers to play a key role in strengthening statistical skills and understanding amongst graduate students and researchers for effective research.
Project: Enhancing Quality and Internationalization of Mathematics Doctoral Supervision (Moi University, Kenya)
This projects will train mathematics faculty from Kenyan universities on various doctoral supervision models and management styles as well as on strategies to internationalize the doctoral supervision process. This will be done through organized participant based workshops and implementation of specific transformative change projects at participants departments. The project shall support IMU-CDC activities by promoting mathematics education.
Project: Non-associative Algebras and their Applications 2022, Madagascar/University of Antananarivo
This project aims to promote the development of mathematics in Madagascar, especially in the area of non-associative algebra, providing new research opportunities for the professors and post-graduate students from the University of Antananarivo and other Malagasy universities. It is the third part of our long-term project. The first part of the present project was realized presentially in 2019 (it was given 3 introductory courses on non-associative algebras and their applications). The second part of our project was realized online in 2021 (as a CIMPA-school on non-associative algebras at the University of Antananarivo). The present part of the project is dedicated to the enlargement of established connections with students and professors of the University of Madagascar and members of the non-associative algebra community from the world and also to the creation of new relations between cited groups.
Project: Promoting Women’s Participation in Mathematics, Mozambique
University Eduardo Mondlane - Department of Mathematics and Informatics
This project is mainly directed at graduate and undergraduate female students of Mathematics and Statistics of the Department of Mathematics and Informatics, as a way to promote female participation in these fields. The project will offer financial support to graduate female students by partially funding their school fees and will give support to both undergraduate and graduate students for editing and publishing their research results related to the monographies and dissertations. It will also contribute to the capacity building of its staff member by developing their research and supervision skills, by following the work of the students that will participate in the project.
Project: Promoting the participation of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses at UniRovuma, Mozambique, Universidade Rovuma
The project will involve UniRovuma engaging in mass enrolment of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. This includes UniRovuma's Faculty of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics developing strategies for women's adherence to the science and mathematics courses. The Faculty will provide guidance, through lectures, to final year women from general secondary education to embrace STEM courses at UniRovuma.
Project: Women in SAGE-Nigeria, Nigeria, University of Ibadan
Women in SAGE-Nigeria, is part of the long tradition of conferences. Since 2007, more than 100 Sage days have been organized around the world. Women in Sage days have already been organized in six different countries (United States, South Korea, France, Canada, Greece and Senegal).
Through these events, the participants improved their programming skills, contributed to the software, and created research collaborations while gaining confidence in their own skills. The Women in Sage days organized at University of Ibadan with the support of the African Women in Mathematics Association (AWMA) and Nigerian Women in Mathematics (NWM) presents a meaningful opportunity for the mathematics community.
Project: From theory to problem solving: Promoting mathematics in academic studies in North Macedonia, North Macedonia, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies
The project will involve two workshops and the publication of materials devoted on some parts of statistics, sensitive analysis, stochastic processes, time series and machine learning. Students will be able to use these tools in comprehensive problem modeling and solving. As a result, students will have better mathematical skills, can notice the problems that can be modeled and solved by these methods and have better opportunities for doing research work and professional development.
Project: Training Mathematicians in Computation in Turkey
The project will allow the formation of a computation-aware community of (future) scientists in Turkey. It will help the organization of two international workshops on computation (SageDays Istanbul and Computers for Mathematics Research), as well as 8 daily training sessions at various locations in the country and a biweekly seminar on the subject. This way students and junior scientists will get a chance to meet the international community and develop their computational skills.
Project: Fostering Mathematics Teacher’s Digital Competencies
Serbia / University of Novi Sad, Technical faculty „Mihajlo Pupin“ Zrenjanin
The project will improve digital competencies of mathematics teachers by providing trainings and tutorials for using pen tablets, GeoGebra and LaTeX. These aspects are crucial for the quality of the teaching process in critical situations such as Covid-19 pandemic, when the teaching was removed from classrooms and moved to online spaces. The project idea originated from the mathematics teachers who asked for assistance in using digital resources and preparing digital teaching materials. Local project initiative will improve cooperation among mathematics teachers and encourage experience exchange.
Project: Mathematical Problem-Solving Course for teachers, Nelson Mandela Provincial Teacher Development Institute in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
The teachers will be offered a 16-hour workshop per level (normally presented on 2 Saturdays).
Each teacher will receive resource material consisting of a workbook, a set of notes and a DVD.
Assessment comprises an assignment and a test with the writing of the test at the end of the
course compulsory for certification. The course is endorsed by the South African Council of Educators (SACE) and teachers can earn 10 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points per level.
Project: Using mathematical models to aid the screening and activity ranking of chemical compounds against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), South Africa/University of Johannesburg
COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). It is the number one problem today and there is no lasting solution in sight. Vaccines are alleviating the dire situation, but the emergence of new variants threatens to erode the gains, and therefore, a cure is the only lasting solution. In South Africa and elsewhere, several natural and synthetic remedies have been suggested as potential treatments. However, because the number of compounds in these plants and synthetic libraries is almost infinite, in silic o platforms are a promising alternative to screen these compounds. The project will develop a (prototype) mathematical model using graph theory to identify and quantify the activity of compounds that have the potential to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication. The model is unique in that it does not only identify active compounds, but can also predict the IC50 values.
Project: Developing Final Year Pre-Service Teachers’ Knowledge and Capacity to Use Online Media and Digital Technologies in the Teaching and Learning of Secondary School Mathematics in Uganda, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
This project aims at building final year pre-service mathematics teachers’ knowledge and capacity to use online media and digital technologies in the teaching and learning of secondary school mathematics in Uganda. The capacity building will involve a 3 weeks intensive training of 94 final year pre-service mathematics teachers who will in turn train the remaining 843 others countrywide in form of micro-teaching among themselves. Further, the training workshop will involve daily training sessions consisting of lectures, discussions, hands-on use of different online media and digital technologies such as GeoGebra, exercises, and assigned problems for homework over weekends. There will be a diagnostic exam at the start and a final assessment. The topics that will be covered will follow the secondary school mathematics curriculum by the National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) and will be from each of the secondary school mathematics learning areas that include: Geometry, Algebra, Probability and Statistics, Measures and Numbers. There will also be enrichment activities in each of these areas such as mathematics games. By the end of this CDC project, final year pre-service teachers will have developed their knowledge and capacity to use online media and digital technologies in teaching and learning secondary school mathematics, particularly geometry, algebra, probability and statistics, measures and numbers.
Project: Graduate Support Program in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Teaching of Calculus Algebra, Kampala International University, Uganda
Mathematics is fundamental to the formulation and analysis of scientific theories. It is a rich and independent field of inquiry, and its study is an excellent preparation for life in our highly specialized society. This program will contribute immensely to the development of diploma, undergraduate and graduate students in fluid dynamics and innovative basic concepts in differential calculus at Kampala International University, Kampala. It aims at revitalizing computational skills in the graduate students and teaching the fundamental concepts of calculus and algebra through the use of computer software and algorithms such as Matlab, Maple software, C++ and python programming. This program also aims to introduce the teaching of fluid dynamics at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
It is planned to reach 10-15 mathematicians from Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Nigeria as well as 20 postgraduate and 200 undergraduate students with this project.