Dr Miranda Ijang Tebo-Ewungkem visited the University of Buea, South West Region, Cameroon from January 11th to the 21st, 2018. In 2019, she returned again for the second year, from May 26th to June 25, 2019.
During her second visit at the University of Buea, Dr Miranda Ijang Tebo-Ewungkem carried out a number of tasks:
She participated in the thesēs seminar presentations of the 8 second year enrolled masters students, where she examined their progress and potential to graduate. This seminar was held once during each class cycle, and had to be done in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the MSc Degree. At the end of each presentation, she posed the student presenters questions relating to their thesis, and gave pointers on how to improve and finish their work. These 8 students were taught by Dr. Ewungkem in the graduate level Math 606 course, which took place during her visit in 2018. Among the 8 presenting students, two students were co-advised by her for the Masters program. Dr. Ewungkem was involved in postgraduate teaching and supervision. She held intensive one to one meetings with two MSc students and two PhD students. A total of more than 30 hours were spent in this endeavor.
Dr. Ewungkem worked on her research collaboration with Dr. Gideon A. Ngwa, who was a resident faculty at the University of Buea. In this time, they worked on a manuscript which had Dr. Mary Y. Fomboh-Nforba, and Dr. Ngwa as co-authors. The manuscript titled “A Multistage Mosquito-Centered Mathematical Model for Malaria Dynamics that Captures Mosquito Gonotrophic Cycle Contributions to its Population Abundance and Malaria Transmission” by Miranda I. Teboh-Ewungkem, Gideon A. Ngwa and Mary Y. Fomboh-Nforba, has been accepted for publication.
On June 4th 2019, she gave a talk at AIMS Cameroon in Limbe. Her talk titled "Mosquito Gonotrophic Cycle: Using Mathematics to quantify their effect on Mosquito Populations and Malaria Transmission Dynamics”, was attended by this year’s student cohort made up of 37 students (16 females and 21 males), who hail from 10 different countries. In attendance, were also the teaching assistants and visiting faculty, as well as Dr. Ngwa and our student Ms. Gwendoline Fru. In all, there were about 45 students and faculty members in attendance.
Dr Miranda Ijang Tebo-Ewungkem visit was partially supported by a grant from the Niels Henrik Abel Board (Norway).
Professor Anotida Madzvamuse visited the University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe from October 14, 2017 - November 10, 2017. In 2019, he returned for a second time from May 27, 2019 to May 29, 2019.
In this second visit, Prof. Madzvamuse focused largely on research related engagement between him and the postgraduate students, as well as junior members of the staff, with whom he had a series of meetings. The meetings focused on available opportunities to study abroad coupled with the funding question as well as the possibility of supervision of PhD and MSc projects by Prof Madzvamuse to our local students.
Prof Madzvamuse has also shared with both students and staff information regarding opportunities for funded research visits as well as postgraduate studies funding opportunities abroad. These include among others:
Through his efforts, the University of Zimbabwe and other 14 Sub-Sahara Africa and international institutions were awarded an ODA funded grant (EPSRC) for the establishment of the UK-APASI program whose main objective is to forge and sustain collaborative relationships between applied mathematicians in the UK and Southern Africa on both research and teaching fronts aimed at untangling development challenges faced by ODA countries. One of our lecturers, Dr Gift Muchatibaya, has been added to the USA based MASAMU program. If this program gets funded by the National Science Foundation, his involvement will benefit both local and regional universities through student support grants to attend the MASAMU program as well as the SAMSA regional conference. There are plans for Dr Muchatibaya to spend his research contact leave at the University of Sussex in the near future working with Prof Madzvamuse.
Professor Anotida Madzvamuse visit was partially supported by a grant from the Niels Henrik Abel Board (Norway).