International Workshop on Mathematical Modeling Opens
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, gave the charge in a brief remark to declare the Workshop open
Participants at the ongoing International Workshop and Training in Mathematical Modelling, Neural Network, Data Mining and Scientific Computation with Maple and Matlab have been enjoined to come out with marketable products that would impart on man, industry and the economy.
The Chancellor, Covenant University, Dr. David Oyedepo, gave the charge in a brief remark to declare the Workshop open on Monday, May 23, 2011.
Dr. Oyedepo lamented the inability of researchers to market local products to those who actually needed them, an action which, according to him, resulted in mass importation of such needed products.
He emphasized the need for indigenous learning and solutions to local challenges. He said, “It is high time Nigerian researchers began to invest in developing solutions to indigenous problems. Those in the developed nations are not anything smarter, but they are focused”.
He however expressed confidence in human resources to develop solutions to indigenous challenges. “I have no doubt that the human resources available will develop solutions to indigenous challenges. Together, we can create a new world in Africa and there is need for intellectual resources to create the needed solutions”, he added.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Aize Obayan, said that the Workshop presents opportunities for the participants to sharpen their skills in order to remain relevant.
She advised the participants to adhere to the concept of “glocal”, a term coined on the University platform for “thinking global and acting local.”
In a Keynote Address, the Vice-Chancellor of the Bells University of Technology, Professor Isaac Adeyemi highlighted the aims of the Workshop which seek to expand and deepen the knowledge and understanding of the principles and methods of Mathematical Modeling and Scientific Computing of the participants.
Professor Adeyemi who was represented by the Dean of Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Professor D. A. Adesanya, added that the Workshop would help to make participants skilled practitioners of the art of modelling and scientific computing with the ability to use the relevant principles and methods to solve real scientific or engineering problems.
Among the resource persons are Professor Daniel Makinde, a Senior Professor and Director, Postgraduate Studies, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa and Dr. T. Chinyoka, of the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
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