Four ASE students, Ibrahim Lanignan, Luc Zanmenou, Salman Abibou, and Wilfried Adohinzin, have launched the new Data Science Community for African School of Economics students. This community aims to unite students around the common purpose of learning how to collect and analyze data using the latest software.

During the first session, which took place on Saturday, February 25th, community members presented their experiences in data collection and analysis, and spent some time getting to know one another. The group hopes to create opportunities for students to collaborate on coding and share research ideas.

The group plans to focus on using two software programs: STATA, with Ibrahim as moderator, and R, with Wilfried as moderator. 

The community plans to meet weekly for discussions on topics related to data science and student-led training in software programming.

 

The event took place on Thursday, March 16 under the leadership of Simplice Adjissè, a pre-doctoral fellow at ASE. The aim of the session is to share experiences, via WhatsApp, between ASE students and a specialist in a particular field, regardless of the country in which they reside. This time the guest was Abhit Bhandari, PhD student at Columbia University.

 

A number of ASE students exchanged questions and views with Mr. Bhandari. The discussions revolved around research. At the end of the conversation, Abhit Bhandari said that, "ASE students are well prepared to enter doctoral programs in the United States." This is highlighted, according to him "by the strong contingent of students who have been accepted at Princeton, New York University, Ottawa, etc." The guest also mentioned that it would be "worth highlighting the quantitative training received by students at ASE, stressing the strength of the School in the field of research, especially quantitative research".

The One to Ones Session is an idea of ​​the student Simplice Adjissè who has been working on the success of this event since February 2016. Ten guests from the universities of Princeton, Stanford, Ottawa, Columbia etc. have already interacted with the students.

 

 

Wilfried Youmbi Fotso is the fourth ASE student admitted to prestigious universities for doctoral studies after completing a Master's degree at the African School of Economics (ASE). Three ASE graduates had recently been admitted to Princeton University, New York University and the University of Illinois in the United States. With Wilfried’s acceptance, the University of Ottawa has been added to the list.

Wilfried, 26, is a Cameroonian and recent graduate of the Master's program in Mathematics, Economics and Statistics (MMES) at the African School of Economics (ASE).Wilfried received his undergraduate studies at the University of Yaounde 1 in Cameroon before joining ASE in 2014. "In this pan-African school founded by Professor Leonard Wantchékon, who I thank by the way, I received a unique and unusual training in economic theory and quantitative methods with the necessary analytical rigor," he said.

Mr. Fotso also said that his ultimate goal was to contribute to sustainable development and the emergence of Africa in general and Cameroon in particular. He says he chose ASE to better equip himself and give himself the chance to pursue his doctoral studies at major universities such as the University of Ottawa in North America. This dream was accomplished with his admission to the Ottawa-Carleton Graduate School of Economics.

What he remembers from his transition to ASE: "It's a good place to study and develop research capacities and leadership."

Marcellin Brou explaining ARCH method

On Thursday, March 9th, 2017, the African School of Economics welcomed Mr Marcellin Brou for its weekly academic seminar. Marcellin Brou is a visiting professor from the university Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Côte d’Ivoire, where he teaches Econometrics. The paper that he presented is about financial econometrics, the consistency of the pseudo-maximum likelihood estimation. At the beginning, he presented the tools and methods used in financial econometrics such as the ARCH method, and spoke about the assumptions made when using this method The presentation was very entertaining and garnered much interest from the dozens of students who attended.

 

Marcellin Brou explaining ARCH theory

Discussion with David Gbaguidi

On 8th March 2017, a doctoral seminar was held for PhD students to learn more about the research areas of the professors at ASE. During his presentation, Prof. David Gbagidi talked about his research interests and about his ongoing research. The presentation lasted for about 10 to 15 minutes, after which he responded to questions from students and other professors present. Audience members were interested in how Prof. Gbaguidi would secure funds for his current research and brought to light the need to bring on board some of the students who can learn a lot from his research. In total there were 7 people at the seminar: three students and four professors including the Dean, Fr. Claude Domfang. The duration for the seminar was one hour.

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