The International Conference on Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum: Highlights on Early Mathematics Education organized as part of Oman Mathematics Day commenced at SQU under the patronage of HH Sayyid Dr Fahd bin Al Julanda Al Said, TRC Assistant Secretary General for Innovation Development.
Oman joined the International Mathematics Union (IMU) as an Associate Member in August 2010. Dr. Mageda Al Hinai, Chair of Oman Mathematics Committee said that the efforts of the Committee over the past years have resulted in the creation of a comprehensive and strong profile for mathematics activities in the Sultanate through the formation and implementation of many events in various parts of the country. “The annual conference that coincides with Oman Mathematics Day is one such event. Because of these efforts, International Mathematics Union (IMU) revised the status of the Sultanate’s participation in the Union from Associated Member since 2010 to a permanent member in August 2018. The Permanent Member status allows the Sultanate a wider scope for cooperation in the Union and voting rights on important decisions at the General Assembly meetings of the IMU”, she said.
In the opening ceremony of the conference, Dr. Mohammed Said Al Ghafri, Chair of the Conference Organizing Committee said that the three-day conference includes 30 research papers (23 lectures and 7 workshops) by participants from Oman and abroad. Dr. Mehiddin Al Bali spoke about Sultanate becoming a permanent member of IMU and the privileges associated with it. Dr. Naser Al Taie from the Royal Opera House Muscat gave a short lecture on “Mathematical Harmonies in Musical Notes”.
The conference features eight keynote speakers from Oman and aborad. In the morning session, Prof. Anthony Kelly from the USA delivered a talk on different models in mathematical assessment in education”. The second plenary talk by Prof. Salman Usiskin focused on assessing students in mathematics”.