Research Collaboration in Mathematical Applications and Innovations to Solve Community Challenges: A Position Paper
Keywords:high impact research, community challenges, mathematical innovations, mathematical applications, STEM, research collaboration
The U.N. General Assembly has declared, through its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, to transform the world. This can be achieved through enhancing scientific research, among other things. Following suit, Zimbabwe strives to attain a middle economy status by the year 2030. In this regard, Zimbabwean researchers and academia will be required to produce quality goods and services that contribute to the viability and sustainability of the communities and the country at large. Regarding academia, the basis for the promotion of university lecturers in Zimbabwe is now the Philosophy of Education 5.0 system, which is centered on five pillars, which include teaching, research, community service, innovations, and industrialization. To achieve this philosophy, this position paper which focuses on STEM subjects but is more biased towards mathematical thinking and learning argues for research collaboration and high impact research, especially research that helps to solve community challenges. It also challenges the readers and researchers to offer practical solutions to some chosen problems in the STEM disciplines and concludes by suggesting strategies of forming research groups or ‘collaborations,’ especially during conferences or workshops, and recommends that institutions should adequately fund high impact research. Points and suggestions raised in this paper can apply to other countries too, especially those with developing economies.
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