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QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS NETWORK

In recent times, the CEAR has received overwhelming applications from both academics and practitioners for membership. While this trend is greeted with enthusiasm by the centre, coordinating this ever increasing membership strength requires a more elaborate structure with more rigorous collaborative and interdisciplinary research and programs than the existing framework. Thus, the centre through the proposed network will design a link through which interested members can collaborate in research and share ideas and opportunities among the network members and consequently promote increased research productivity and relevance in global research network.

 

BACKGROUND

The Centre for Econometric and Allied Research [CEAR] University of Ibadan Nigeria was founded in April 1983, and formally constituted into an interdisciplinary Research Centre by the Senate of the University of Ibadan in October 1985, with emphasis on service oriented policy research, with a strong interdisciplinary academic base. The Centre is mandated to generate its funding independently of statutory government funding. The core area of research of CEAR is Econometric Modelling for Policy Analysis and forecasting. Sub-areas of research include Applied General Equilibrium Modelling for Policy; Input-Output (I-O) Modelling and Construction of I-O tables; Social Accounting Matrices (SAM) Construction; Short, Medium Term, and Perspective Planning; System Simulation Studies; Regional Modelling and Analysis; External Debt Management and Analysis; General Mathematical Modelling and Applications and Common Market Studies.

The centre has consulted for several organizations both locally and internationally. Among these organizations include the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG), MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). The centre has also been in the fore front of capacity building in Africa in the area of Econometric Modelling and Forecasting. As part of its contribution to capacity building, it regularly organizes training workshops and seminar series for graduate research students, academics and practitioners.

The fellows of CEAR have grown considerably over the years and spread across public and private institutions established both within the country and abroad. CEAR fellows usually have academic/professional background in economics, statistics, agricultural economics, mathematics and allied fields.

MOTIVATION FOR THE NETWORK

In recent times, the CEAR has received overwhelming applications from both academics and practitioners for membership. While this trend is greeted with enthusiasm by the centre, coordinating this ever increasing membership strength requires a more elaborate structure with more rigorous collaborative and interdisciplinary research and programs than the existing framework. Thus, the centre through the proposed network will design a link through which interested members can collaborate in research and share ideas and opportunities among the network members and consequently promote increased research productivity and relevance in global research network.

Realistically, international and intra-national academic collaborations have strongly intensified due to the rapid developments in information and communication technologies. More importantly, access to the research output documented in form of scientific publications of scientific collaborations has continued to promote knowledge sharing and the quest for advancing the frontiers in research. While efforts in the area of promoting coordinated collaborative research have been well entrenched in most institutions in the developed countries, many of the institutions in the developing countries including Nigeria are disjointed. Lack of harmonization of resources in the latter has continued to hamper the development of serious academic research.

Against this background, the proposed network seeks to provide a platform for interdisciplinary and collaborative research particularly in the areas of research interest of the centre in a more coordinated and result-oriented manner. Therefore, the network will seek membership from researchers interested in conducting quantitative research in their areas of specialization.  Membership will however not be limited to academic researchers aiming for a better understanding of various analytical techniques, but it will also welcome individual members and institutions whose work is of a more applied nature. This is strongly believed will promote frontiers of knowledge and practice of rigorous theoretical and applied quantitative research.

OBJECTIVES OF THE NETWORK

The main objective of the network is to promote collaborative quantitative research among members and consequently enhance their relevance in the global research network. The specific objectives however include:

* Encourage rigorous research activities among members

* Provide a platform for debate and sharing of knowledge and opportunities

* Facilitate collaborative research including writing joint proposals for funding

* Provide a link for dissemination of research activities

* Coordinate capacity building programs including conferences

* Engage with scholars and policy-makers working on other parts of the world and to bring new insights to bear on research methodological techniques.

On the basis of the set objectives, our mission statement is:

To advance frontiers of knowledge in quantitative research

And our vision statement is:

To be a world class Network of consultants quantitative analysis

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP

As earlier emphasized, the primary focus of the network is to promote quantitative research. Thus, every intending member will usually be expected to have a professional or academic background in any of the following fields: economics, statistics, mathematics, agricultural economics and allied fields such as those related to humanities and sciences.

Every intending member shall submit to the office of the Director for consideration, completed application form and the following:

* Application fee.

* Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Upon consideration by the Director, successful candidates will be required to pay an annual subscription fee. This is usually required to defray administrative and overhead costs of the Network.

Annual Membership Subscription Fee:

Ø Graduate Student:                   N5,000/$40

Ø Academic Affiliation:                N15,000/$100

Ø Non-academic Affiliation:      N30,000/$200

Ø Institutional Affiliation:            N100,000

 

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BENEFITS TO MEMBERS

Every financial member of the network will stand to benefit the following from the network:

* Participate in the network capacity building programs at a subsidized rate

* Access to the Centre’s research facilities

* Participate in the Centre’s projects based on the required expertise

* Disseminate research activities on the platform provided by the network to harvest ideas from scholars.

* Engage in collaborative research with other interested members of the network

* Provide with the platform for seeking funding support from local and international organizations

MODE OF OPERATIONS

To achieve the set objectives, the network shall:

* Organize seminars, workshops and conferences.

* Coordinate invited lecture series.

* Facilitate fellowship programmes.

* Develop a link (through website maintenance) for dissemination of research activities and sharing of knowledge and opportunities.

* Secure access to database and journal archives.

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