Prof. Cedric Villani tips Rwanda on Tech-economics

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By Daniel Sabiiti

Renowned Fields Medalist and mathematician, Professor Cedric Villani has tipped Rwandans to focus on developing a technology-based economy for the country to claim its place in global players.

“Rwanda had already begun to position itself as a leading innovation and technology hub in Africa, with private-public partnerships encouraging investments in more opportunities for youth, including girls, to get in involved in the mathematical fields that support the knowledge economy” Prof. Villani said.

He however noted that Rwanda needs to continue focusing on putting in place the right infrastructure, trained human resources and policies to enable the country to archive its goal of becoming a technology hub.

Villani was addressing over African scientists and over 36 students of mathematics from Africa at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) center which opened in Kigali city this December 2016.

Professor Villani who is also the co-chair of the AIMS advisory council noted that with more collaborative projects such as the AIMS initiative, students in African universities have the potential and ability to lead the world of science, technology and engineering and mathematics in the next years if given the chance to do so.

He explained that African youth should be given the resources and opportunity to grow their passion and potential in mathematics. “Many people look at mathematics as obstruct and dull but it is more than that, it is about imagination, improving and finding the truth. This can be used to solve so many of the challenges we face today,” said Villani

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Ntivuguruzwa Célestin, who also holds a PhD in mathematics, said that Rwanda has a vision of becoming a leader in science and technology.

Rwanda is opening new chapters in technology, with a focus on promotion of technology studies and sciences among female students.

Rwanda has also become the first African country to host a drone airport- a pilot project by Zipline and UPS for drones used in supply of urgent medical supplies to save lives.

President Paul Kagame has promised to back all technology centered innovations and projects saying that they can improve the lives of Rwandans if used for the right reasons and citizens are educated on the purposes of ICT driven projects.






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