During the period from January 3, 2018 to January 19, 2018, Prof. Berhanu took part in several activities to help the doctoral program of the Mathematics Department of Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He devoted a lot of time to mentoring Jemal Yusuf, a doctoral student that started working under his direction recently. Since there are no qualified experts in Ethiopia in his areas of research, it was crucial that he met the student im to prepare him with some background material for future research work.
Professor Shiferaw Berhanu also held several meetings with members of the Graduate Committee of the department to explore ways we can improve the course offerings and strengthen the training in Applied Mathematics.
Dr Miranda Ijang Tebo-Ewungkem visited the University of Buea, South West Region, Cameroon from January 11th to the 21st, 2018.
During her visit at the University of Buea, Dr Miranda Ijang Tebo-Ewungkem carried out a number of tasks:
Teaching of full course on Mathematical Ecology and Biology to First year Master’s degree students in view of laying the stage for PG training in this area of applied Mathematical Modelling. This is a course that explores the applications of mathematics in Biology and chemistry. A full course of this magnitude at the University of Buea requires 52 contact hours of teaching and 8 hours of evaluation for a total of 60 hours for the student to earn the credit for the course. She taught this course as far as she could go with the understanding that the tutorial part of the course shall be completed in collaboration with the resident collaborator, Dr Gideon A. Ngwa with whom she has been having a continuing collaborative research. This is one of the few times that the PG students of the Department have had firsthand contact with another high calibre academic outside the Department.
She had lengthy and intensive sessions with the PhD students of the Department. The Major outcome of Dr Ewungkem’s visit is the development of the course on Mathematical Ecology and Biology to Postgraduate students in their beginning years, as well as discussions with the PhD students in their course work stage through participation in the course on Mathematical Modelling. There is now a very strong possibility for more postgraduate training in the area of Mathematical modelling in the biological and physical sciences.
The Local Scientific community in the Buea includes the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) that is situated in the nearby city of Limbe. Dr Ewungkem gave an academic talk on “Understanding Vector Borne Diseases: A Mathematical Perspective for the case of Malaria”. The presentation was attended by students from AIMS Cameroon and staff of the University of Buea.